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DIVIDED LIVES


June 2002
University of Cincinnati: Horizons Online Edition

UC AUTHORS do it write

Though university folk are generally expected to produce scholarly works, UC alumni, faculty and staff also write novels, family histories, personal journeys, self-help books and works of spiritual guidance. The following are just some of the recently published general-interest books.

THIRD REICH
Divided Lives
by Cynthia Crane, PhD (A&S) '97 and UC faculty member
(book photo)

As a schoolboy in Nazi Germany, Cynthia Crane's father was beaten daily by his teacher and called a "mischling" (half-breed) because he was considered half-Jewish. Even though neither of his parents was Jewish, the Nazis claimed his father had "non-Aryan bloodlines." After the family escaped, Crane's grandmother wrote a memoir detailing their persecution.

"It was my grandmother's personal tales of intrigue and courage that sparked my interest in this subject," says Crane, an assistant professor of English at Raymond Walters College. As she learned what her family had had to endure, she became aware that they were not unique. Most Germans in Jewish-Christian marriages suffered serious emotional and physical trauma because of the Third Reich's anti-Jewish laws. To research her subject, Crane went to Germany and interviewed women who had lived through the Nazi experience. It was there she discovered the "universal stories of hope and survival" that she relates in "Divided Lives."

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