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Opa Nobody (American Lives)

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It had come to this: breastfeeding her screaming three-month-old while sitting on the cigarette-scarred floor of a union hall, lying to her husband so she could attend yet another activist meeting, and otherwise actively self-destructing. Then Sonya Huber turned to her long-dead grandfather, the family “nobody,” for help.
 
Hubers search for meaning and resonance in the life of her grandfather Heina Buschman was unusual insofar as she knew him only through dismissive family stories: He let his wife die of neglect . . . he used his infant son as a decoy when transporting anti-Nazi literature in a baby carriage . . . and so the stories went. What she actually discovered was that, like his granddaughter, Heina Buschman was a committed and beleaguered activist whose story echoed her own. Hubers research not only conjured her grandfathers voice in answer to many of the questions that troubled her but also found in his story a source of personal sustenance for herself. Based on extensive research and documentation, this story of Heina Buschman offers a rare look into the heart of the “average” socialist trying to survive the Nazis and rebuild a broken world. Alternating with his voice is Hubers own, providing a rich and moving counterpoint that makes this deeply personal exploration of family, politics, and individual responsibility a story for all of us and for all time.

About the Author

Sonya Huber is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. She is the author of many short stories, essays, and poems.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803210806
Author:
Huber, Sonya
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
History
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany History 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
American Lives
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 photographs, 1 genealogy
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1.4 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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