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Dembo, Margot Bettauer

Works: 30 works in 89 publications in 2 languages and 3,289 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Personal narratives  History  Biographies  Autobiographies  Personal narratives‡vGerman  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Creator, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Margot Bettauer Dembo
Europa, Europa by Shlomo Perel( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perel recounts his experiences as a young Jewish boy who joins the Hitler Youth under an assumed name in order to escape the Holocaust of World War II
Transit by Anna Seghers( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers's multilayered masterpiece ends up in the dusty seaport of Marseille. Along the way he is asked to deliver a letter to a man named Weidel in Paris and discovers Weidel has committed suicide, leaving behind a suitcase containing letters and the manuscript of a novel. As he makes his way to Marseille to find Weidel's widow, the narrator assumes the identity of a refugee named Seidler, though the authorities think he is really Weidel. There in the giant waiting room of Marseille, the narrator converses with the refugees, listening to their stories over pizza and wine, while also gradually piecing together the story of Weidel, whose manuscript has shattered the narrator's "deathly boredom," bringing him to a deeper awareness of the transitory world the refugees inhabit as they wait and wait for that most precious of possessions: transit papers."--Page 4 of cover
A Hitler youth in Poland : the Nazis' program for evacuating children during World War II by Jost Hermand( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1933 and 1945, millions of German children between the ages of seven and sixteen were taken from their homes and sent to Hitler Youth paramilitary camps to be toughened up and taught how to be "German." Separated from their families and sent to far-away away places like Denmark, Latvia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and occupied Poland, these children often endured incredible abuse by the adults in charge. In this memoir, Jost Hermand, a distinguished German cultural critic and historian who spent much of his youth in five different camps, writes about his experiences during this period. After reviewing what others have published about the camps and explaining why previous romanticized views must be corrected, Hermand provides background into the creation and development of the camps. He then devotes one chapter apiece to each of the five different camps to which he was sent: Kirchenpopowo, San Remo, Gross Ottingen, Silesia, and Sulmierschutz. Each was quite different from the other, he writes, and almost every form of behavior existed at each place. The children did sometimes find, with certain adults, parental solicitude, belief in the inherent goodness of human beings, and naive idealism, but by and large they encountered fascistic indoctrination, dreary routine, conscious brutalization, and the worst sort of sadism. In the two final chapters, Hermand focuses on the postwar consequences of his camp experiences for his own development, and his return visit in 1991 to some of the sites. In these chapters, as in the rest of the book, Hermand carefully and skillfully combines his personal story with an analysis of the overall purpose of the camps. An intelligent and persuasive document, this book should be read by anyone interested in psychology, the history of everyday life, and in the story of Germany under Hitler
The swimmer by Zsuzsa Bánk( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hungary, 1956. Without a word, Katalin leaves her family and sets out for the West. Her husband, Kalman, abandons the family farm and begins a long and circuitous journey through Hungary with his two young children, Kata and Isti. Staying briefly with distant relatives in unfamiliar cities and villages, Kalman keeps his family on the move and shuns anything resembling a home or a steady life. As their father sinks into depression, Kata and her brother create their own imaginary universe: Kata invents relationships with the people they meet during their long journey while Isti converses with the world around him-houses, stones, snow, skies. It is only in rare moments, on riverbanks and lakeshores where Kata and Isti swim with their father, that they experience a semblance of calm and happiness. Moments that feel as if life is just beginning for them
Summerhouse, later : stories by Judith Hermann( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nine luminous stories of love and loss, loneliness and hope, Judith Hermann's debut collection, an international bestseller and translated into twelve languages, paints a vivid picture of a generation ready and anxious to turn their back on the past, to risk uncertainty in search of a fresh, if fragile, equilibrium. A restless man hopes to find permanence in the purchase of a summerhouse outside Berlin. A young girl, trapped in a paralyzing web of family stories and secrets, finally manages to break free. A granddaughter struggles to lay her grandmother's ghosts to rest. A successful and simplistic artist becomes inexplicably obsessed with an elusive and strangely sinister young girl
The seventh cross by Anna Seghers( Book )

8 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revelatory World War II novel about a German prisoner of war fleeing for the border and encountering a variety of Germans, good and bad and indifferent, along his way. Now available in a new English translation. The Seventh Cross is one of the most powerful, popular, and influential novels of the twentieth century, a hair raising thriller that helped to alert the world to the grim realities of Nazi Germany and that is no less exciting today than when it was first published in 1942. Seven political prisoners escape from a Nazi prison camp; in response, the camp commandant has seven trees harshly pruned to resemble seven crosses: they will serve as posts to torture each recaptured prisoner, and capture, of course, is certain. Meanwhile, the escapees split up and flee across Germany, looking for such help and shelter as they can find along the way, determined to reach the border. Anna Seghers's novel is not only a supremely suspenseful story of flight and pursuit but also a detailed portrait of a nation in the grip and thrall of totalitarianism. Margot Bettauer Dembo's expert new translation makes the complete text of this great political novel available in English for the first time
Aftertime by Olaf G Klein( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman's terror on learning that she has been exposed to radiation from a nuclear accident. She tries to overcome it by denying reality, but miscarriage follows miscarriage and suicide seems the only solution. By a German writer
Alice by Judith Hermann( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When someone very close to you dies your whole life changes. Everything is different. Alice is the central figure in these five inter-connected narratives, which tell of her life at times of loss. Suddenly it is no longer possible to say what the person looked like, how he spoke, cursed, smiled, how he lived his life
Inside Hitler's bunker : the last days of the Third Reich by Joachim C Fest( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler's mental state, to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin. Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world
Aller Liebe Anfang : Roman by Judith Hermann( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stella is married, she has a child and a fulfilling job. She lives with her young family in a house in the suburbs. Her life is happy and unremarkable, but she is a little lonely-her husband travels a lot for work and so she is often alone in the house with only her daughter for company. One day a stranger appears at her door, a man Stella's never seen before. He says he just wants to talk to her, nothing more. She refuses. The next day he comes again. And then the day after that. He will not leave her in peace. When Stella works out that he lives up the road, and tries to confront him, it makes no difference. This is the beginning of a nightmare that slowly and remorselessly escalates. Where Love Begins is a delicately wrought, deeply sinister novel about how easily the comfortable lives we construct for ourselves can be shattered
The summer house, later by Judith Hermann( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer storm by Kristina Dunker( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annie and her friends are enjoying a lazy day by the lake when ominous clouds appear. In the scramble to escape the storm, Annie's cousin Gina goes missing. After a fruitless search in the rain, the teens call the police for help. But as the days pass without a trace of the lost girl, nerves fray, accusations begin to fly, and disturbing information about the relationships Annie holds so dear come to light. If a girl can't trust her best friends, who can she trust?
The girl in the red coat : a memoir by Roma Ligocka( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The internationally bestselling memoir of survival and self-discovery by the woman whose childhood as the real-life girl in the red coat was so famously depicted in the film "Schindler's List."
Summer storm by Kristina Dunker( Recording )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annie and her friends are enjoying a lazy day by the lake when ominous dark clouds begin to form on the horizon. In the scramble to escape the storm, Annie realizes her cousin Gina has gone missing. After a fruitless search in the rain, the teens call the police for help. And as the hours tick by, Annie's fear for Gina's safety mounts. How could this have happened? Wasn't anyone watching her? Didn't anyone see? Haunted by thoughts of the horrible fate that could have befallen Gina, Annie turns to her friends for support. But as the day passes without a trace of the lost girl, nerves fray, accusations begin to fly, and disturbing information about one of their own comes to light. As the evidence mounts, Annie realizes the relationships she holds so dear are not at all what they seem. Because if a girl can't trust her best friends.whom can she trust?
Grand hotel by Vicki Baum( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A grand hotel in the center of 1920s Berlin serves as a microcosm of the modern world in Vicki Baum's celebrated novel, a Weimar-era bestseller that retains all its verve and luster today. Among the guests of the hotel is Dr. Otternschlag, a World War I veteran whose face has been sliced in half by a shell. Day after day he emerges to read the paper in the lobby, discreetly inquiring at the desk if the letter he's been awaiting for years has arrived. Then there is Grusinskaya, a great ballerina now fighting a losing battle not so much against age as against her fear of it, and Gaigern, a sleek professional thief, who may or may not be made for each other. Herr Preysing also checks in, the director of a family firm that isn't as flourishing as it appears, who would never imagine that Kringelein, his underling, a timorous petty clerk he's bullied for years, has also come to Berlin, determined to live at last now that he's received a medical death sentence. All these characters and more, with their secret fears and hopes, come together and come alive in the pages of Baum's delicious and disturbing masterpiece."--
Portrait of a girl by Dörthe Binkert( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1896, a grand Swiss spa hotel becomes a refuge for Nika, a penniless beauty whose tortured past has left her unable to speak. While working in the manicured gardens, she becomes a muse to the celebrated painter Giovanni Segantini, who takes her under his wing. Although hes married, the two bond closely, and beneath his gaze Nika blossoms. She opens her heart to Segantini, serving as the muse for his luminous masterwork La Vanita, and through his patience recovers her voice. The secret between them is her sole material possession-- a golden locket with clues to her mysterious heritage. How will Nika learn the hidden secrets of the locket and uncover her origins? --
Lettipark Erzählungen by Judith Hermann( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judith Hermann's masterly new stories reveal the inconceivable drama of existence: what happens when we meet someone? In the stories of Letti Park, strangers wander into ordinary lives and change them in profound yet unknowable ways. Like us, Judith Hermann's characters have no defence against these intense and unpredictable encounters. They occur at random, without cause or provocation, and unfold beneath the threshold of comprehension. In Letti Park, Judith Hermann explores this all-important moment, our loneliness and rage and longing.--Publisher description
Museums discoverd : the Oskar Reinhart collections by Franz Zelger( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Hitler youth in Poland by Jost Hermand( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Europa, Europa
A Hitler youth in Poland : the Nazis' program for evacuating children during World War IIThe swimmerSummerhouse, later : storiesAftertimeAliceInside Hitler's bunker : the last days of the Third ReichThe summer house, laterSummer storm
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Bettauer Dembo, Margot

Dembo, Margot

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