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REVIEW Engel des Vergessens 107 ó [PDF / Epub] ☄ Engel des Vergessens By Maja Haderlap – Angel of Oblivion is based on the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family and the Slovenian speaking minority in southern Austria many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second W Angel of Oblivion is based on the experienTween two hostile communities and two extremely Engel des Kindle burdened languages Slovenian a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation and German an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other. This book has been on my shelf for a few months When I started to read it I recognized some of the location names because I had just been putting together the itinerary for a trip my husband and I will be taking in August that starts in Slovenia We will be spending a week on a bicycle tour that meanders back and forth across the borders of Italy Austria and Slovenia The Austrian State of Carinthia lies along the borders of Italy and Slovenia In connection with this book this description of the language spoken in the area from Wikipedia resonated The main language is German Its regional dialects belong to the Southern Bavarian group Carinthian Slovene dialects which predominated in the southern part of the region up to the first half of the 20th century are now spoken by a small minority After reading the GR blurb on the author my feeling that this was an autobiographical novel was reinforced It says about this book Her award winning poetic text is a three generations family history and highlights the resistance of the Carinthian Slovenes against the German Nazi Wehrmacht The narrator of the book whom I think of as the author proceeds to remember her life in a mostly chronological manner from when she was a child Her grandmother is predominant in her early memories Her grandmother sometimes told her stories about the Ravensbruck concentration camp and her journey back to Carinthian Her grandfather and her father and his brother were partisans Her father's story comes in bits and pieces but never very coherently It is obvious from early on that her father has PTSD After his mother the narrator's grandmother is arrested her father had been brutally tortured by the Nazis before running to the partisans after his mother was arrestedThe narrator has siblings but they are rarely mentioned This story is the narrator's recollections of her childhood and then her own struggle with her family's history as partisans and then living on the Austrian side of the AustrianSlovenian border but speaking Slovenian The actions of the Nazis were horrific as they tortured and killed anyone they thought might be a partisan or associated with the partisans Whole families were wiped out Then after the war the former partisans recognized their differences While many partisans were communists who wanted a socialist country others were deserters from the German army who were fighting to free their country from fascism but not inclined to want it to become communist And of course many of the Austrian leaders post WWII had been Fascists or Nazis And then Yugoslavia broke up; in 1991 Slovenian declared itself an independent country but did not find itself caught up in the Balkan Wars But this is not made a big deal in the book Instead the narrator in the book tries to understand all the rarely discussed events of WWII and its aftermath so as to make some sense of her family and herself The last 60 pages of the book dealt with this and I found myself inserting many pieces of napkin at places that I wanted to revisit At this point in the book the language becomes poetic even as it describes the brutality visited on the region A few examples The war seems to have retreated into the forests of our valleys It has made the fields and meadows the slopes and hills the mountainsides and streambeds into its battleground It has ripped the houses stables kitchens and cellars from their purpose and turned them into bastions It has taken the landscape into its clutches sunk its teeth into the earth it has read the geographical map as a map of war The enemy fights with bread and water with clothing and meat with work and silence The Gestapo put on the disguise of partisans the Slovenian language is its cover The front passes through the most vulnerable point Fighters are dragged from the forest by the hair on the heads of their wives their children and their parents They are fought against through their families standing in the fields and not in the trenches They are punished threefold for their resistance and are left to ask themselves until the ends of their lives if the fight against the Nazis was worth the cost of engaging in this conflict and delivering up their family members to the Nazis' collective punishment It is on the farms that the most superb battles are fought and the most summary trials executed Minor stories to which no one can bear witness human lives uickly seized soon discarded No one saw no one wanted to believe Things seen could rob you of sleep and speech but the Gestapo wants people to speak all bandits seen and recognized must be reported in the right language The partisans on the other hand demand silence no one must know they had come and no sooner come they are gone What remains are the children who must listen as the police harass and beat their mothers screams in their ears leaflets in their mild canisters secret messages in their braids letters in snowballs lice in their hair What remains are the footsteps in the snow that the children wipe away the stink in the school where they are beaten because they can't speak German Carinthians speak German and they all shit their pants when German is beaten into their fingers and heads with slaps and caning They still greet each other the same way today hey shitter smelly assed crybaby you still scared pages 238 40And then with respect to what it was like post WWII Is the plunder divided up in peacetime In peacetime must one be afraid of losing one's reason of turning away a friend and embracing an enemyThe hesitant the cautious the wounded the horrified the silent the distraught will all be at a disadvantage The politics that brought about the war will deny them compassion Those wounded on many levels will trail behind So as not to provoke the majority of its citizens the Nazi sympathizers and the German nationals the new Austrian state will distrust those who fought against National Socialism Because it is argued what is dubious about their resistance is not that it was directed against the Nazis what is objectionable about it is that it allowed them to form their own opinions about the Slovenian community's role in Carinthia's future opinions that then had to be respected during the negotiations for the Austrian state treaty that' all we need a law giving generous protection to a minority as a countermove to Yugoslavian territorial claims according to the wishes of the occupying powers And all the while Austria had nothing to do with the Nazis Austria itself was a victim didn't understand what was happening didn't join in it wasn't even a country in that difficult time No one in this country so gifted in dissimulation ever welcomed the Nazis no one longed for the Greater German Reich no one made themselves guilty no one assisted the Final Solution they just took part a little bit in the shooting the assassinations the gassing but that doesn't count nothing countsPolitics believes the language of war The politically engaged Slovenians will look at the non political without comprehension because they were the ones after all who fought for their rights because they themselves took on the task of being identifiable of being vulnerable to attack of being a buffer They sought refuge in action while those who were beaten down remain silent and refuse to understand why their fight for survival should become a pretext for the victory of an ideology The revolution an empty promise pages 247 8This is just a small sample If you have heard why there was little action taken by the allies in connection with the Austrian Nazis in the aftermath of WWII this and much of what follows will make sense I thought this was a great book for anyone who is interested in WWII and its aftermath in Central and Eastern Europe Don't expect facts This is about people

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Angel of Oblivion is based on the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family and the Slovenian speaking minority in southern Austria many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War The story centers on the experiences of a young girl learning to navigate the terrain be. Relatively alinear absolutely eastern European associative autobiographical or at least very true seeming novel mostly about the narrator's coming of age and awareness after WWII Her father was a partisan who resisted the Nazis a drinker a smoker scarred for life by a few years on the run The usual WWII atrocity exhibition agrarian peasant life shattered by modernity and war a consciousness coming into its own very much affected by the reverberations of conflict around her expressing itself ultimately in poetryart Very straightforward language at first when the narrator is young becomes progressively lyrical unpredictable sometimes a little flighty in an non annoying way as she matures interspersed with exposition almost like a hastily written history book A pleasant read if you like the occasional paragraphless list of brutalities and suicides Gave me a nightmare in which I escaped into the woods to hide from occupying forces Look for it from Archipelago later this summer

SUMMARY Engel des Vergessens

Engel des VergessensFamily members didn’t Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration of minority communities the burden of history the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children and language’s role in shaping identity Haderlap’s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance to our world tod. I thought I had heard all the Holocaust stories there were This book proved me wrong and blew me away with some of the most beautiful imagery I've read in a long time