Crossing the Borders of Time

Crossing the Borders of Time

A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

Book - 2012
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Journalist Leslie Maitland tracks down her mother Janine's first love, a Frenchman who was separated from Janine when her German-Jewish family fled Europe from Marseille in 1942.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781590514962
1590514963
Branch Call Number: 940.53 MAI 2012
Characteristics: x, 494 p. : ill., geneal. table, map ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 26, 2016

No matter how much history one might read about Nazi atrocities, they can't be fully understood without the stories of individual families. Maitland, a journalist, gives us both in this story of her family's experience and the research on her mother's family's in-the-nick-of-time escape, and the pain of leaving her lover behind. I appreciated the family tree, which I referred to multiple times, as her parents' extended family was large, and she covers multiple generations, both in Europe and America. In some ways, this is a dysfunctional family, but given what they were up against with the Nazis, keeping secrets became a necessity. How does one learn when it's safe to stop? The stories of Germany's efforts at reconciliation after the war, however imperfect, are heartening. I appreciated how Maitland shows her love for both her parents, in spite of their weaknesses and the struggles in their marriage. A page turner, in the best sense.

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carol507
Jul 08, 2016

Interesting story, but way too wordy - don't need to know, in detail, what everyone is wearing all the time.

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EmilyEm
Sep 04, 2012

The author calls this a ?contextualized memoir? in her notes. It?s a new term to me but aptly describes this well-paced account of her mother Janine, her German Jewish family?s escape from the Nazis and the poignant story of the young man named Roland, seemingly left behind, but the love of her mother?s life.

It?s quite a story. I had a hard time putting this book down.

eve373 Jun 13, 2012

Filled with lots of fascinating family history. The Cuban refugee camp was something new to me. It's really only in the last 50 pages that you find out what happened to Roland.

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