Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

We would like to thank the many individuals and institutions that have assisted us in the compilation of the memoir of Erna Becker-Kohen. First and foremost, we are grateful to Erna’s granddaughter, Esther-Maria Nägele, and her husband, Matthias Nägele, for trusting us with this project and for their tireless assistance as we completed the work. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-32

On July  3, 1931, Gustav Becker and Erna Kohen married. Gustav was thirty, Erna twenty-five. Photographs of Erna from the 1920s depict a vivacious young woman whose pretty face showed no trace of the strain and solemnity that marked her features in later years. But even then, all was not well. ...

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The Memoir of Erna Becker-Kohen

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pp. 33-127

In March I am expecting my first child. I will embrace it as a gift from God. But how will its life unfold? Both of us will attract much hatred and contempt because I am a Jew and my husband is a race defiler. Although he remains true to me because he loves me so very much, even he will not be able to change the fact that people will reject not just me but his child as well. ...

Notes

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pp. 127-150

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Epilogue

Erna Becker-Kohen

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pp. 151-154

Twenty-eight years have passed since Gustav, my life partner, died in Bregenz as a consequence of his imprisonment in a concentration camp. He sacrificed himself for me and our son, and it was only because of his sacrifice that we were able to survive. ...

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Afterword

Esther-Maria Nägele

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pp. 155-162

More than twenty years have passed since I last held in my hands my grandmother’s diary. All the more was my surprise when, so long after its initial publication in German (1980), I received a request from America for an English translation of the diary. As I read my grandmother’s work again, ...

About the Contributors

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