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Address Unknown

Author

Kressmann Taylor

Published Date

01-04-2001

Publisher

Souvenir Press

ISBN

9780285636293

"A haunting tale of enduring impact, exposing the poison of Nazism and a warning in an age of racial and ethnic intolerance, that history can repeat itself."

About this book

Address Unknown is a short story that can be finished on a bus or train ride. It consists of nothing but intermittent correspondence letters within 16 months between two friends, a Jew, Max and a German, Martin. They co-owned an art gallery in San Francisco. When Martin and his family moved back to Germany in the early 1930s, he began to write enthusiastically about Hitler and what was going on in Germany, calling the Third Reich “wonderful”. It is a haunting tale of enduring impact, exposing the poison of Nazism and a warning in an age of racial and ethnic intolerance, that history can repeat itself. This short story cautions us that ideology, once it has reached fever pitch, can overpower even the strongest of friendships.

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