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An Ordinary Life?

The Journeys of Tonia Lechtman, 1918–1996

«“In her biography of Tonia Lechtman, Anna Müller . . . ponders the limits of individual agency in times of social upheavals and catastrophes. What happened to this Jewish woman from Poland and what did she do? What is the price one pays for being overtaken by history? An absorbing book, a heartbreaking life story.”»

Irena Grudzińska Gross, author of Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky: Fellowship of Poets
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Forlag
Ohio University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780821424971
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
23 x 15 cm

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«“In her biography of Tonia Lechtman, Anna Müller . . . ponders the limits of individual agency in times of social upheavals and catastrophes. What happened to this Jewish woman from Poland and what did she do? What is the price one pays for being overtaken by history? An absorbing book, a heartbreaking life story.”»

Irena Grudzińska Gross, author of Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky: Fellowship of Poets

«“A fascinating study…. The book is a story of one person and it is a history of the twentieth century, with all its conflicts, hopes, experiments, and persecution. It is this world that Tonia Lechtman lived through, and it is a world that she also helped shape. Anna Müller succeeds in explaining the intersections of gender, class, and ethnicity, especially for Polish Jewish women’s lives. This book will engage you and make you want to know more about the last century and about how we understand the past and the present.”»

John C. Swanson, author of Tangible Belonging: Negotiating Germanness in Twentieth-Century Hungary

«“A Jew, a Communist, a mother, a refugee, a political idealist, a victim of postwar Stalinism in Poland: the life of Tonia Lechman through conflicting identities and the horrors of the twentieth century, brilliantly told by an academic.”»

Ruth Fivaz-Silbermann, author of La fuite en Suisse: Les Juifs à la frontière franco-suisse durant l

«“In beautifully evocative prose, Anna Müller uncovers the remarkable biography of Tonia Lechtman, whose journeys through Poland, Palestine, France, and Switzerland reflect the challenges of her generation. It is a profoundly intimate portrait that explores Lechtman’s multiple identities … with delicacy, empathy, and historical perspective. Through the life story of one woman, Müller sheds new light on the universal predicament of the twentieth-century.”»

Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the Univers

«“A thoroughly researched, nuanced, and deeply moving book, rich with intimate details that do not take away from the broader relevance of Tonia Lechtman’s seemingly ordinary life.”»

Natalia Aleksiun, Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Florida

«“An Ordinary Life? is an extraordinary story. As a historian, Anna Müller is both fearless and enormously sensitive. Her research is exhaustive; Tonia Lechtman’s story is both enthralling and wrenching. Müller’s biography discloses, with painful intimacy, the modern condition of homelessness. Tonia could be the iconic tragic heroine of the twentieth century, a century now revealed through a drama of motherhood.”»

Marci Shore, author of The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe

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