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DIVIDED LIVES


Nov 8, 2000
Cincinnati Suburban Press, Eastern Hills Journal, A3.


RWC professor's book brings together lives.
By Jason Norman/Staff
Cincinnati Suburban Press

Oakley resident and Raymond Walters Assistant English Professor Cynthia Crane came out with her first book Nov. 1 entitled Divided Lives, centering on stories of survivors of Nazi Germany from Jewish-Christian "mixed marriages."

Cynthia Crane worked eight long years. She can finally see the fruits of her labor. Crane, an Oakley resident and Raymond Walters College assistant English professor, had her first book, entitled "Divided Lives," published Nov. 1. The book chronicles survivors of Nazi Germany from Jewish-Christian "mixed marriages." "My grandmother inspired me," Crane said. "She started telling me stories in graduate school (about her mixed marriage experience)." The book brings together real-life stories of women who never thought of themselves as Jewish until Hitler took power. Hitler defined children of mixed marriages as half-breeds, somewhere "between man and ape."

Crane felt that little had been done covering this subject matter. That was a major contributor to her writing the book. She called the eight years in which it took to write the book "very difficult." "I had to be very sensitive on some of the words I used," Crane said. "I wanted to be respectful to those who were killed in the holocaust."

Cynthia Crane's dad, Carl Crane, is mentioned in the book as a son of a "mixed marriage." He said while in Germany he would come home from school bloody and harassed. "You're half and half and can't be part of our society," Crane recalled people saying. "My mother had to pull me out of school in 1938." "It's a period in life you don't want to recall that much," he said. Carl Crane could hardly put into words how proud he was of his daughter writing the book. "I'm just proud of her being a professor," he said.

The book has already received rave reviews. John E. Dolibois, who was an interrogator at the Nuremberg Trails, speaks highly of the book. "Cynthia Crane lends a sympathetic ear to the women she confers with," he said. "This makes for a gripping narrative about the ... 'children of the Holocaust'."

Crane said the book writing process involved much research. "I read a lot of history and a lot of history books," she said. What do you hope readers get from the book? "I hope that it inspires people," she said. "That they get a sense of hope. We can always see a part of ourselves in other people."

As for her future book plans, Crane has something brewing, but won't divulge the topic. Crane will be having book signings and readings at the following locations: at 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the University of Cincinnati Bookstore in Clifton; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Borders Books at the Tri-County Mall. For more information regarding the book go to www.dividedlives.com.

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