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The Resource The mascot : unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood, Mark Kurzem

The mascot : unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood, Mark Kurzem

Label
The mascot : unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood
Title
The mascot
Title remainder
unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood
Statement of responsibility
Mark Kurzem
Title variation
mascot
Title variation remainder
unraveling the mystery of my Jewish fathers Nazi boyhood
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A survival story, a grim fairy-tale, and a psychological drama, this memoir asks provocative questions about identity, complicity, and forgiveness. When a Nazi death squad raided his Latvian village, Jewish five-year-old Alex escaped. After surviving the winter by foraging for food and stealing clothes off dead soldiers, he was discovered by a Latvian SS unit. Not knowing he was Jewish, they made him their mascot, dressing the little "corporal" in uniform and toting him from massacre to massacre. When the war ended he was sent to Australia with a family of Latvian refugees. Fearful of discovery--as either a Jew or a Nazi--Alex kept the secret of his childhood, even from his family. But he grew tormented and determined to uncover the story of his past. Shunned by a local Holocaust organization, he reached out to his son Mark for help in reclaiming his identity.--From publisher description
Summary
Documents the author's father's childhood as a Nazi SS unit's mascot, describing how the five-year-old Jewish escapee from a Nazi death squad witnessed massacres by his unit, his efforts to hide his Nazi ties in subsequent years, and his attempt to reclaim his identity
Biography type
individual biography
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223423
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kurzem, Mark
Dewey number
  • 940.53/18092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS135.L33
LC item number
K87 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Kurzem, Alex
  • Jewish orphans
  • Jewish children in the Holocaust
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Fathers and sons
  • Rīga (Latvia)
Target audience
adult
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unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood
Label
The mascot : unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood, Mark Kurzem
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
ocm85162077
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
ix, 418 p.
Isbn
9780670018260
Lccn
2007006664
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)85162077
Label
The mascot : unraveling the mystery of my Jewish father's Nazi boyhood, Mark Kurzem
Link
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
ocm85162077
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
ix, 418 p.
Isbn
9780670018260
Lccn
2007006664
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)85162077

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