Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

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CONTENTS

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

When I was a child two German girls came to help my mother in the house. It was just after the war. The small towns of Germany were in the grip of winter, hunger, and disgrace. These girls, who were sisters, hardly more than teenagers, had left that aftermath behind and come to the shelter of a country which had been neutral. There was rationing...

ROSE AUSLÄNDER (b. 1901)

A Biographical Note

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pp. 16-17

Mutterland / Motherland

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pp. 18-19

Damit kein Licht uns liebe / So That No Light Would Be There to Love Us

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pp. 20-21

Am Ende der Zeit / At the End of Time

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pp. 22-23

Verwundert / Amazed

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pp. 24-25

Die Fremden / Strangers

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pp. 26-27

Meine Nachtigall / My Nightingale

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pp. 28-29

Im Chagall-Dorf / In Chagall’s Village

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pp. 30-31

Biographische Notiz / Biographical Note

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pp. 32-33

Mein Schlüssel / My Key

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pp. 34-36

ELISABETH LANGGÄSSER (b. 1899)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 38-39

...school in Griesheim and Darmstadt. By this time, she was alreadyto know such poets as Günter Eich and Peter Huchel. She was par-marriage was unsanctioned since, in 1935, the anti-Jewish Nurem-berg Laws forbade any inter-racial marriage. In the same year, sheber. This amounted to a professional disqualification, cutting her...

Frühling 1946 / Spring 1946

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pp. 40-44

NELLY SACHS (b. 1891)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 46-47

...home in the fashionable Tiergarten suburb of Berlin. As the onlycated, learning music, dance, and painting. She then entered theSelma Lagerlöf, the Swedish writer, a connection that would provedeath of her father in 1930. But as the Nazi grip tightened in thecity and Jews became more vulnerable to the new laws of exclusion...

Wenn ich nur wüsste / If I Only Knew

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pp. 48-49

In der blauen Ferne / In the Blue Distance

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pp. 50-51

Bereit sind alle Länder aufzustehn / All the Lands of the Earth

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pp. 52-53

In der Flucht / In Flight

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pp. 54-55

In diesem Amethyst / In This Amethyst

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pp. 56-57

Kommt einer von ferne / If Someone Comes

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pp. 58-60

GERTRUD KOLMAR (b. 1894)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 62-63

Gertrud Kolmar’s life was cut off at the age of 48. She died in one ofthe Nazi death camps, almost certainly Auschwitz. Her poetry with itsexpansive, erotic, and original style was the product of an almost secretlife of endeavor and commitment. Cynthia Ozick says of her: “TheAmerican poet she is most likely to remind us of is Emily Dickinson.”...

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Das Opfer / The Victim

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pp. 64-70

On the rosy granite of the threshold, a lunatic twists in an ecstasyThree times her hand puts a question to the door. Three times itHis beard is a blue stream, flowing down over the bleached linenA silver bird, with outspread wings, stands on his high black hat.A huge one, with eyes like chrysolite, rears up and listens and its...

ELSE LASKER-SCHÜLER (b. 1869)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 72-73

February 11, 1869. “I was born in Thebes” she once wrote, refer-ring to her love for fantastical identity “although I first saw the lightin Elberfeld in the Rhineland.” Her family was Jewish, but by thisdate largely assimilated. She was close to her mother. Her father,“He did not appreciate girls very much” she wrote “and whenever...

Mein blaues Klavier / My Blue Piano

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pp. 74-75

Ich weiß / I Know

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pp. 76-77

Herbst / Autumn

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pp. 78-79

Abends / In the Evening

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pp. 80-81

Meine Mutter / My Mother

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pp. 82-83

Über glitzernden Kies / Over Glistening Gravel

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pp. 84-85

Ein einziger mensch / A Single Man

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pp. 86-88

INGEBORG BACHMANN (b. 1926)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 90-91

...was twelve years old in 1938 when Hitler’s troops marched into theLater, she studied at the Universities of Graz and Innsbruck, didIn 1952 she read her poetry at a meeting of Gruppe 47, the newlyformed and influential group of postwar German writers. The fol-lowing year she published her first book of poems, Die gestundete Zeit...

Alle Tage / Every Day

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pp. 92-93

Botschaft / Message

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pp. 94-95

Die gestundete Zeit / Borrowed Time

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pp. 96-97

Dunkles zu sagen / To Speak of Dark Things

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pp. 98-99

Herbstmanöver / Autumn Maneuver

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pp. 100-101

Abschied von England / Departure from England

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pp. 102-103

Früher Mittag / Early Noon

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pp. 104-107

Exil / Exile

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pp. 108-109

Ihr Worte / You Words

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pp. 110-114

MARIE LUISE KASCHNITZ (b. 1901)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 116-117

...ern edge of the Black Forest. Her first home was on the estate ofher aristocratic family in Karlsruhe. Her father was an officer in theJust a year before World War I the family moved again to Berlin,where she went to school. Following the separation of her parentsin 1925. It was a marriage that was exceptionally close, if nomadic,...

Hiroshima / Hiroshima

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pp. 118-119

Selinunte / Selinunte

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pp. 120-121

Nicht mutig / Not Brave

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pp. 122-124

HILDE DOMIN (b. 1909)

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A Biographical Note

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pp. 126-127

...and she herself has stated that she considered herself, at least toGermany, she decided to leave her own country and seek shelter ininto flight from the Nazi regime; in their case they selected En-the University of Florence, earning a Dott. Scienze Politiche. Shemarried Erwin Walter Palm in Italy in 1936 and lived with him in...

Köln / Cologne

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pp. 128-129

Geburtstage / Birthdays

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pp. 130-131

Exil / Exile

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pp. 132-134

DAGMAR NICK (b. 1926)

A Biographical Note

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pp. 136-137

Flugwetter / Flying Weather

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pp. 138-139

Aufruf / Summons

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pp. 140-141

Den Generälen ins Soldbuch / In the Book of the Generals

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pp. 142-143

Niemandsland / No-Man’s-Land

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pp. 144-145

An Abel / To Abel

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pp. 146-147

Emigration / Emigration

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pp. 148-150

Notes

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pp. 151-152

Checklists

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pp. 153-164

Further Reading

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pp. 165-166

Index of Titles

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pp. 167-168