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Virtual Book Launch: Living in Two Worlds: The Else Behrend and Siegfried Rosenfeld Diaries

February 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Living in Two Worlds, published on 17 December 2021, is a unique collection of personal diaries and letters describing the lives of a remarkable couple, Else and Siegfried Rosenfeld, during the 1930s, then throughout the Second World War and beyond. Living in Two Worlds book cover

Else’s writings were first published in Switzerland in 1945, not so long after her daring night-time escape across the border in 1944. This marks the first time that her own diaries and her letters to Eva, close friend and confidante, as well as of her exiled husband’s diaries, penned in isolation in England, have been published in English. The diaries have been interwoven in such a way as to highlight their reliance on one another throughout the long years of enforced separation and yet also to present their differing views of their country’s actions and the conduct of its people. The writing makes accessible to historians and the general reader alike the facts of persecution and deportation but is not without humour thanks to Else’s wry remarks about certain Gestapo officers with whom she had to engage in the course of her work.

The original researchers and editors of the diaries and letters, Professor Marita Krauss and Erich Kasberger, have worked closely with Deborah Langton, the translator, and with Cambridge University Press, to bring this volume to a wider public.

Deborah will talk about her experience of working on the book, picking out key themes, people and places, as well as reading extracts from Else’s diaries while Steve Cooper, Else’s grandson, will read from Siegfried’s diaries. With contributions from Marita Krauss and Erich Kasberger.

CUP will kindly offer discounts on the book to those registering for this event. Purchase here.

Living in Two Worlds: Diaries of a Jewish Couple in Germany and in Exile published by CUP (2021) and translated by Deborah Langton.

The original German version is ‘Leben in zwei Welten’ published by Volk (2011). Edited by Marita Krauss and Erich Kasberger.

Event guidelines:

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3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.

4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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February 9, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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