A Place They Called Home
Editor: Donna Swarthout
Genre: Biography / Jewish Life
Hardcover, 208 pp, 12 picturs
Dimensions: 6‘‘ x 9‘‘
Suggested Retail 20,- € / $20
ISBN USA: 978-1-935902-65-2
ISBN Germany: 978-3-96026-016-5
Release December 2018
A Place They Called Home: Dena, a New Hampshire retiree, feels at home in Germany the moment the vineyards across the Rhine come into her view. Maya, a journalist for Deutsche Welle, pursued German citizenship to boost her career in Berlin. And Yermi, an Israeli writer, has a response for people who question his decision to live in the country that murdered his relatives. “In Berlin, I feel a sense of belonging – to the culture, the values – and I feel welcomed here." A Place They Called Home is the first book to give a voice to the descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors who have chosen to restore their German citizenship. They each have different reasons for doing so, but they all reclaimed something that was taken from their families.
Donna Swarthout was born in New Jersey to German Jewish parents who fled Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked in higher education for many years. In 2010 she moved to Berlin with her husband and three children. One year later she had her German citizenship restored. Swarthout is the author of numerous publications and the blog "Full Circle" about her life in Germany.
Jews in Berlin
Authors: Andreas Nachama, Julius Schoeps, Hermann Simon
Preface: Carol Kahn Strauss
Genre: City History
Softcover, 310 pages / 372 pics
Dimensions, 6’’ x 9’’
Suggested Retail: $27.95
Release: Fall 2013
Jews in Berlin: This richly illustrated book depicts 750 years of Jewish history as well as Jewish life in Berlin today. The Prussian capital was, for many centuries, the center of Jewish life in Germany. Its Jewish citizens strongly influenced the city’s cultural and literary life and led the way in the sciences, from the 18th century salon of Rachel Varnhagen to the cabarets of the Weimar Republic. However, economic crisis, hyper-inflation, and the depression of 1929 provided rich soil for the growth of anti-Semitism and ultimately led to the Holocaust. But today, Jewish life and Jewish culture are flourishing once again, after tens of thousands of immigrants from Russia and Israel have arrived in the capital.
Andreas Nachama was born in Berlin in 1951. He studied history and Judaic studies and was ordained as a rabbi. He served as head of the Berliner Festspiele and the Jüdische Kulturtage in Berlin and as Director of the Topographie of Terror Foundation.
Julius H. Schoeps, born in Sweden, is a professor of modern history at the University of Potsdam, where he directs the Moses Mendelssohn Center. He has co-edited various publications.
Hermann Simon was born in Berlin; he studied history in Berlin and numismatics in Prague. He has directed the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation since 1988. His publications include Das Berliner Jüdische Museum.