Writing after Hitler

The Work of Jakov Lind

Edited by Andrea Hammel, Silke Hassler, and Edward Timms

Writing after Hitler
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Edited by Andrea Hammel, Silke Hassler, and Edward Timms

Distributed for University of Wales Press

222 pages | 15 halftones | © 2001
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780708316153 Published March 2001 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Jakov Lind was born in Vienna in 1927. As an eleven-year old boy from a Jewish family, he left Austria after the Anschluss, found temporary refuge in Holland, and succeeded in surviving inside Nazi Germany by assuming a Dutch identity. After a literary apprenticeship in Israel, he made his reputation through works of fiction written in German, although he now lives in Britain and writes in English.

Lind’s writings are distinguished by an extraordinary variety of stylistic and linguistic modes, which are used, in both his autobiographical and his fictional narratives, to express the experiences of exile, linguistic dislocation and cultural uncertainty. The articles collected in this volume reassess the strategies which Lind adopted to explore the implications of living and writing ‘after all that occurred under Hitler’.

Writing After Hitler: The Work of Jakov Lind is the first comprehensive study of this creative and controversial writer and will be of interest not only to students and academics working in German and Austrian Studies, but to everyone interested in the Holocaust, the literature of exile and the cultural legacy of central European Jewry.


List of Illustrations
The Contributors
List of Abbreviations
       Edward Timms and Andrea Hammel

1. Unsentimental Journeys: The Literary Career of Jakov Lind
       Stella Rosenfeld
2. Jewish Refugees in the Netherlands and the Art of Survival
       Johannes Houwink ten Cate
3. Jakov Lind and Zionism as a Literary Phase
       Mark H. Gelber
4. Representations of the Holocaust in Jakov Lind’s Fictional Writings
       Waltraud Strickhausen
5. At War with Language: From The Diary of Hanan Malinek  to Travels to the Enu
       Edward Timms
6. Jakov Lind and the Austrian Popular Theatre
       Silke Hassler
7. Writer without a Home: The Reception of Lind’s Work in Germany and Austria
       Ursula Seeber
8. The English-language Reception of Lind’s Fictional and Dramatic Work: From Soul of Wood to Ergo
       Silke Hassler
9. Code-switching in Exile Literature: Jakov Lind’s Cosmopolitan Style
       Eva Eppler
10. Gender, Individualism and Dialogue: Jakov Lind’s Counting My Steps and Ruth Klüger’s weiter leben
       Andrea Hammel
11. Memories of Survival in the Netherlands (‘Meine Erinnerungen’)
       Cäcilie Peiser-Levitus

Bibliography by Silke Hassler

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