LITHUB

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM “ORDINARY NAZIS”: THE DANGER OF MAKING MONSTERS OUT OF MEN

SET 27, 2017. “…If writing about that time is determined by conventions and required to fit a form, what emerges is not insight but a reinforced narrative, and one that has been flattened to something like allegory….”

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

I LOVED MY GRANDMOTHER. BUT SHE WAS A NAZI.

March 24, 2017. “My grandparents were Nazis. It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this. I used to think of and refer to them as “ordinary Germans,” as if that was a distinct and morally neutral category. But like many “ordinary Germans,” they were members of the Nazi Party — they joined in 1937, before it was mandatory…”

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SALON

ON NAZIS, FAMILY, AND THE QUESTION OF FORGIVENESS: 2 NOVELISTS CONFRONT THE LEGACIES OF THEIR FAMILIES

JUNE 6, 2017. “I’m always wary of Germans who say “I wasn’t alive during the Holocaust, I have nothing to feel guilty about, because I feel that as descendants of perpetrators we do. But I don’t see guilt as a totally negative emotion…”

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NPR: WEEKEND EDITION

INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT SIMON

March 25, 2017. “These ‘Women in the Castle’ Provide New Perspectives on Nazi Germany”

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LIBRARY JOURNAL

THE LIBRARY AS SAFE PLACE

Feb 15, 2017. “When I was growing up in Washington, DC, the library was my safe place. I went two or three times a week after school and stayed until my working mother could retrieve me. This was in the early Eighties: sensational kidnapping stories had captured my imagination, and my walk down the block felt like a harrowing journey…”

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BOOKPAGE

WHAT THEY’RE READING

APRIL 18, 2017. “…The intimate view of what it means to live an orthodox life—the day to day reality of following its many guiding rules and principles—is fascinating to an outsider like me, and Tova’s insights are both thought-provoking and generous…”

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT

November 11, 2016. “On November 10th seventy-eight years ago, Germans woke up to the news of rioting: Hitler’s thuggish SA troupes had smashed Jewish storefronts and burned down synagogues all over Germany. This was the national pogram that would later become known as Kristallnacht. The rioting did not come out of nowhere. But neither was it…”

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

IN BOSTON, 50 SHADES OF WHITE SNOW

February 20, 2015. “The first snow day was perfect. My husband and I lay in bed in January and watched the falling snow cover trash cans and quince bushes and pine trees alike, a democratizing force on the landscape. Downstairs, our three kids watched cartoons (or pretty much whatever they wanted) and raided the usually off-limits snack shelf…”

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NPR

OF DUCKS AND MEN:
HOLDEN CAULFIELD’S HARD QUESTIONS

“I had seriously low expectations of The Catcher in the Rye. I was 15 when I read it. My father had given it to me for Christmas; the cover was as plain and uninteresting as an instruction manual; the title smacked of inscrutable, Greatest Generation hang-ups. But once I began to read, I was completely transported…”

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

THE BOYS IN THE BACKROOM

“I recently attended my Harvard 20th reunion and found myself, late night, in a familiar (and surprisingly unchanged) place: the party room of one of Harvard’s eight all-male “Final Clubs.” “Final” in this case refers to a time when young men joined after belonging to a now-nonexistent social “waiting” club…”

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ANTHOLOGIES

“JAMAICA POND: MY WALDEN” IN 
“OUR BOSTON: WRITERS CELEBRATE THE CITY THEY LOVE”

“Everyone agrees that a writer should go for a walk when she is stuck or in need of inspiration. For me, a walk is not a walk unless it involves the path around Jamaica Pond…This fifty three foot deep glacial kettle pond in the center of southwest Boston is my Walden. It is the most quietly inspiring and democratic place I know…”

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