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As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. Vivid and fascinating, Stranger in my own Country traces the contours of Jewish life in a country still struggling with the legacy of the third Reich and portrays those who, inevitably, continue to live in its shadows. Marshalling an extraordinary range of material into a lively narrative, Mounk surveys his countrymen’s responses to “the Jewish question.” Examining history, the story of his family, and his own childhood, he shows that anti-Semitism and far-right extremism have long coexisted with self-conscious philo-Semitism in postwar Germany.
Yascha Mounk is the Harvard historian, whose book, The People vs. Democracy: Why our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It, received wide acclaim. Mounk is a colleague of our ever-popular presenter, Professor Derek Penslar. Derek has his own family history and academic background in modern Germany. He is willing to pass on to Yascha Mounk any questions Reading Circle participants might have, making this an extra-special evening.
Our ever-popular presenter Derek J. Penslar FRSC is the William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History at Harvard University Center for European Studies. Reading Circle regulars are always impressed by his knowledge, enhanced by an exceptional sense of humour.
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