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DIVIDED LIVES


Jan 25, 2006
The Community Press

Crane speaks at conference

University of Cincinnati associate professor Cynthia Crane of Hyde Park recently spoke at an international conference at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The conference "Beyond Camps and Forced Labour" focused on current research involving Nazi persecution of Jews and other minorities during World War II, and the lingering impact of that persecution on survivors today.

Crane wrote the book "Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women in Nazi Germany." It was the first book to deal exclusively with the subject of Mischlinge, or "half-breeds," as Hitler referred to them.

Crane was inspired to write "Divided Lives"after learning of the experiences of her father who was considered a Mischling and who, as a young boy, was ostracized. He and his family fled Germany in 1939.

At the London conference, Crane discussed the first-person oral histories of women that she collected while researching "Divided Lives" in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. She discussed what their lives are like today in light of their persecution under the Nazis.

Crane teaches English at the University of Cincinnati's Raymond Walters campus in Blue Ash. She is a recipient of many awards, and has discussed "Divided Lives" on national radio and television programs.

Information about the conference is available at:
www.iwm.org.uk/ upload/package/55/ConferenceWebsite/index.htm.

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