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The Author of HimselfThe Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki$
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Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691206066

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691206066.001.0001

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1920-1938

1920-1938

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(p.1) Part One 1920-1938 (p.2)
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The Author of Himself
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Marcel Reich-Ranicki

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691206066.003.0001

This part details the author's childhood, when he attended a Protestant, German-language, primary school. In spite of her origin, his mother did not want to know anything about religion and had little interest in things Jewish. His father, on the other hand, remained closely linked to Judaism. In 1929, when the author was nine years old and about to move from the Polish city of Wloclawek, one of his favorite teachers told him that he was going to travel into the land of culture. He did soak up German culture in Berlin and did develop a great love affair with German literature. But as an 'alien Jew', the Nazis compelled him and his family to return to Poland.

Keywords:   German school, religion, Jewish culture, Judaism, German culture, Berlin, German literature, Jews, Poland

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