A Bookshop in Berlin

A Bookshop in BerlinWINNER OF THE JQ WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE A Beautiful And Important Book The Independent In The Tradition Of Rediscovered Works Like Suite Fran Aise And The Nazi Officer S Wife, The Prize Winning Memoir Of A Fearless Jewish Bookseller On A Harrowing Fight For Survival Across Nazi Occupied EuropeIn , Fran Oise Frenkel A Jewish Woman From Poland Fulfills A Dream She Opens La Maison Du Livre, Berlin S First French Bookshop, Attracting Artists And Diplomats, Celebrities And Poets The Shop Becomes A Haven For Intellectual Exchange As Nazi Ideology Begins To Poison The Culturally Rich City In , The Scene Continues To Darken First Come The New Bureaucratic Hurdles, Followed By Frequent Police Visits And Book ConfiscationsFran Oise S Dream Finally Shatters On Kristallnacht In November , As Hundreds Of Jewish Shops And Businesses Are Destroyed La Maison Du Livre Is Miraculously Spared, But Fear Of Persecution Eventually Forces Fran Oise On A Desperate, Lonely Flight To Paris When The City Is Bombed, She Seeks Refuge Across Southern France, Witnessing Countless Horrors Children Torn From Their Parents, Mothers Throwing Themselves Under Buses Secreted Away From One Safe House To The Next, Fran Oise Survives At The Heroic Hands Of Strangers Risking Their Lives To Protect HerPublished Quietly In , Then Rediscovered Nearly Sixty Years Later In An Attic, A Bookshop In Berlin Is A Remarkable Story Of Survival And Resilience, Of Human Cruelty And Human Spirit In The Tradition Of Suite Fran Aise And The Nazi Officer S Wife, This Book Is The Tale Of A Fearless Woman Whose Lust For Life And Literature Refuses To Leave Her, Even In Her Darkest Hours This autobiography memoir was recently rediscovered It is a treasure and so incredibly powerful.In the 1920s, Francoise Frenkel is a Jewish woman born in Poland and now living in Berlin She opens a French bookshop, Berlin s first of its kind It s not just any bookshop, though Intellectuals meet here until the Nazis begin to gaincontrol.Then come the rules and laws,police visits to the shop, and finally, books are taken away In 1938, Kristallnacht happens Hundreds of Jewish busi This autobiography memoir was recently rediscovered It is a treasure and so incredibly powerful.In the 1920s, Francoise Frenkel is a Jewish woman born in Poland and now living in Berlin She opens a French bookshop, Berlin s first of its kind It s not just any bookshop, though Intellectuals meet here until the Nazis begin to gaincontrol.Then come the rules and laws,police visits to the shop, and finally, books are taken away In 1938, Kristallnacht happens Hundreds of Jewish businesses are destroyed, though La Maison du Livre is not Francoise is now scared and flees to Paris Then, Paris is bombed, and she travels to southern France where she must move from house to house to stay safe A Bookshop Berlin was published in 1945 without much attention It was recently rediscovered in an attic Francoise is a woman after many of our own hearts She treasures books, even in her darkest of days She is formidable and inspiring in how she handles all that is thrown at her Her words are powerful, and I m so grateful she told her story A Bookshop in Berlin is a treasure, and one I m ecstatic to own to reference as a reminder to never lose hope and to always believe in the power of good over evil I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week No Place to Lay One s Head by Francoise FrenkelThis is a review of a BBC Radio Broadcast.This wartime memoir was published in 1945 Rediscovered in a flea market in Nice in 2010, we get to travel with Francoise Frenkel on her quest to escape persecution and travel to safety.Polish born Francoise, of Jewish descent, was educated in France She loved books, gently caring for them In 1921, she opened a French bookstore in Berlin The bookstore was frequented by women, BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week No Place to Lay One s Head by Francoise FrenkelThis is a review of a BBC Radio Broadcast.This wartime memoir was published in 1945 Rediscovered in a flea market in Nice in 2010, we get to travel with Francoise Frenkel on her quest to escape persecution and travel to safety.Polish born Francoise, of Jewish descent, was educated in France She loved books, gently caring for them In 1921, she opened a French bookstore in Berlin The bookstore was frequented by women, foreigners, as well as the German Elite For almost 2o years, she lived her dream People came to listen to French readings, plays and poetry Politics were not discussed in the bookstore Starting in 1938, windows were smashed and businesses were set afire during Kristallnacht Francoise was advised to go back to Paris and leave her treasured books and bookstore behind Paris, however, was unsafe Francoise experienced both the cruel harshness of war as well as the kindness of strangers.By publishing No Place to Lay One s Head , Pushkin Press has enabled readers to view Francoise s determination to find safe haven after leaving behind a thriving bookstore and the camaraderie of people from all walks of life Fran oise Frenkel always loved books, libraries, and especially bookstores.Her dream was to open a bookstore, but would her dream about opening a French bookstore in Berlin in 1920 be a good idea She was successful until 1935 when the police started showing up and confiscating books from her shelves and newspapers because they had been blacklisted.Besides scrutinizing her books, they questioned her travels This was just the beginning of her hardships and ordeals.A BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN tells the s Fran oise Frenkel always loved books, libraries, and especially bookstores.Her dream was to open a bookstore, but would her dream about opening a French bookstore in Berlin in 1920 be a good idea She was successful until 1935 when the police started showing up and confiscating books from her shelves and newspapers because they had been blacklisted.Besides scrutinizing her books, they questioned her travels This was just the beginning of her hardships and ordeals.A BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN tells the story of Francoise Frenkel s life and her love of books, her bookshop, and France We follow her as she lives through occupied France and endures what the European people had to deal with Unthinkable, unpleasant misery and situations plagued her and all people during this time A BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN is a treasure for historical fiction fans as well as book lovers.I normally do not read memoirs, but A BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN is very well done and educational.You were easily put into Francoise s situations and her emotions were yours 5 5This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is an amazing story It is very well written and reads very smoothly for a true diary account It is a slightly different perspective from the Nazi holocaust, but not any less poignant Note I was given a complimentary hard copy by the publisher for an honest review. Francoise Frenkel s real life account of flight from Berlin on the night of broken glass , is abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams and translated by Stephanie Smee.The author had a thriving bookshop in Berlin, selling French editions, newspapers and magazines Society types and celebrities would drop by to browse, buy and socialise Then 1935 heralded a dark dawn.. Francoise Frenkel s real life account of flight from Berlin on the night of broken glass , is abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams and translated by Stephanie Smee.The author had a thriving bookshop in Berlin, selling French editions, newspapers and magazines Society types and celebrities would drop by to browse, buy and socialise Then 1935 heralded a dark dawn.. Fittingly, I finished reading this on Sunday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day Even after seven decades, we re still unearthing new Holocaust narratives, such as this one rediscovered in a flea market in 2010, it was republished in French in 2015 and first became available in English translation in 2017.Born Frymeta Idesa Frenkel in Poland, the author 1889 1975 was a Jew who opened the first French language bookstore in Berlin in 1921 After Kristallnacht and the seizure of Fittingly, I finished reading this on Sunday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day Even after seven decades, we re still unearthing new Holocaust narratives, such as this one rediscovered in a flea market in 2010, it was republished in French in 2015 and first became available in English translation in 2017.Born Frymeta Idesa Frenkel in Poland, the author 1889 1975 was a Jew who opened the first French language bookstore in Berlin in 1921 After Kristallnacht and the seizure of her stock and furniture, she left for France and a succession of makeshift situations, mostly in Avignon and Nice She lived in a hotel, a chateau, and the spare room of a sewing machinist whose four cats generously shared their fleas All along, the Mariuses, a pair of hairdressers, were like guardian angels she could go back to between emergency placements.This memoir showcases the familiar continuum of uneasiness blooming into downright horror as people realized what was going on in Europe To start with one could downplay the inconveniences of having belongings confiscated and work permits denied, of squeezing onto packed trains and being turned back at closed borders Only gradually, as rumors spread of what was happening to deported Jews, did Frenkel understand how much danger she was in.The second half of the book isexciting than the first, especially after Frenkel is arrested at the Swiss border Even though you know she makes it out alive Her pen portraits of her fellow detainees show real empathy as well as writing talent Strangely, Frenkel never mentions her husband, who went into exile in France in 1933 and died in Auschwitz in 1942 I would also have liked to hearabout her 17 years of normal bookselling life before everything kicked off Still, this is a valuable glimpse into the events of the time, and a comparable read to W adys aw Szpilman s The Pianist.Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck 3.5 thoughts soon. It is a story like Nemirovski A text found by chance This is a story tipically mittel Europa A Russian Jewish young woman, fascinated by french litt rature who became bookseller in Berlin Many french author visited her Colette, Gide An Wolfie uncle arrived in 1930 Exile, Paris, Nice, Helvetia The account of her life was published discretly in 1945 by an small editor and after nothing.One book in bad states was found at a secondhand bookseller by chance Modiano was enthused over it It is a story like Nemirovski A text found by chance This is a story tipically mittel Europa A Russian Jewish young woman, fascinated by french litt rature who became bookseller in Berlin Many french author visited her Colette, Gide An Wolfie uncle arrived in 1930 Exile, Paris, Nice, Helvetia The account of her life was published discretly in 1945 by an small editor and after nothing.One book in bad states was found at a secondhand bookseller by chance Modiano was enthused over it It is a history as he likesWe know nothing of her life after WWII We have no photo of her She died in Nice in 1975, it is the alone certitude, no family Modiano asked to Gallimard to publish it It is written well, very interesting, but it does not have the genius of N mirovski which was a real writer Wolfie uncle was the Cosima Wagner expression for named Hitler A hard to put down book I feel so connected to those who lived through this time period Reading their memoirs makes my life better and gives me a deeper appreciation for my freedoms I also love to read of the angels on earth who love, help, and support others without judgement and giving the best of their time and resources without thought of pay God still lives in our daily lives through our willingness to serve and keep the second commandment I highly recommend this book It s squeaky cle A hard to put down book I feel so connected to those who lived through this time period Reading their memoirs makes my life better and gives me a deeper appreciation for my freedoms I also love to read of the angels on earth who love, help, and support others without judgement and giving the best of their time and resources without thought of pay God still lives in our daily lives through our willingness to serve and keep the second commandment I highly recommend this book It s squeaky clean If you have a youth interested in memoirs from this time, this is one I d let my youth read As a young woman from Poland studying in Paris after World War I, Francoise Frenkel decided that she was destined to be a bookseller, ideally a seller of French books Upon discovering that there were no French bookstores in Berlin, she set up shop there Her brief success was snuffed out by the arrival of the Nazi regime Prevented from returning to her family in Poland, Frenkel, who was Jewish, fled to France.Despite the title, little of this book is about Frenkel s Berlin bookshop The bulk o As a young woman from Poland studying in Paris after World War I, Francoise Frenkel decided that she was destined to be a bookseller, ideally a seller of French books Upon discovering that there were no French bookstores in Berlin, she set up shop there Her brief success was snuffed out by the arrival of the Nazi regime Prevented from returning to her family in Poland, Frenkel, who was Jewish, fled to France.Despite the title, little of this book is about Frenkel s Berlin bookshop The bulk of the book describes Frenkel s time in various places in the south of France, first living as a barely tolerated refugee and then, after the collaborationist Vichy government was installed, living in various hiding places to avoid being rounded up and sent east to the camps.As Frenkel tells in detail of her encounters with a variety of French citizens, it s like a study in psychology to see the range of reactions of the citizens Some are active collaborators, such as the border guards who arrest her, along with several others attempting to cross the border into Switzerland They claim that their government has ordered this and it s for the good of the country, because the Jews ruined Germany and would also ruin France They either naively or mendaciously tell the arrestees that they will just be sent to work in Germany Those who help Frenkel are the most interesting group Some do it for money and are ready to fleece her, or turn her over or kick her out at a moment s notice Others help to be kind, but have a bit of cognitive dissonance, because they like her and want to be kind to her, but they are still ready to buy into the Nazi Vichy slanders of the Jews as a race But then there are those few who help her over and over, at the risk of their own safety, for no reward, but simply because it s the right thing to do for a fellow human being and for France.I listened to this book during the second month of the coronavirus pandemic in the US I couldn t help but feel embarrassed by my occasional frustration with being cooped up when I read of Frenkel s long months hiding in small rooms, never going outside, fearful every day that she would be found out or betrayed This went on for almost three years before she was able to make her escape.I can t recommend the audiobook, read by Jilly Bond She is a popular audiobook narrator, but she s the wrong choice for this book Bond is the queen of the humorous voice Without actually laughing aloud, she can imbue her tone with anything from amusement to hilarity Unfortunately, she uses that tone in this book often when I think Frenkel meant an ironical tone, even bitterly ironical at times, and with good reason

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  • Hardcover
  • 270 pages
  • A Bookshop in Berlin
  • Françoise Frenkel
  • English
  • 10 October 2018
  • 1501199846