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The Kaminsky Cure by Christopher New
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The Kaminsky Cure

by Christopher New

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"This was a deceptively hilarious account of being 'other' in Nazi Austria. "
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  mongoosenamedt | Nov 23, 2016 |
A young boy is growing up in a half-Jewish half-Aryan household at the dawn of World War II. He is thoroughly confused as to what all of this means, especially because his father is a Lutheran minister and his mother had converted long ago. All he is aware of is that danger is all around. His mother, Gabi is forced to enter her own fight for her survival and for the rights of her children, now classified as half Jews. The children’s education is constantly attacked and Gabi is ferocious in her determination to have her children educated. Classified as a Jewish woman, but a privileged Jewish woman since she is married to an Aryan, Gabi must be extra careful, especially when she speaks. For this, she employs the Kaminsky cure, holding water in your mouth for a minute before you speak.

Told from the point of view of the youngest Brinkmann son, a unique experience unfolds. Through his eyes, the confusion, frustration and bleakness of WWII is shown in an honest manner. With many moments of light humor, the plight of the half-Jewish Brinkmann's is portrayed. My heart bled as our narrator struggled with understanding what was happening, his confusion of being half-Jewish and whether or not he should say "Heil Hitler" or feel for the Jewish cause; as he grows and the war progresses his understanding increases and his attitude changes. Overall, a different, heartbreaking and insightful story of WWII.

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  Mishker | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Willibald Brinkmann, a Lutheran pastor, has more than a sneaking admiration for Hitler - something his Jewish wife Gabi is unable to share. After fleeing their Berling parish for a tiny village in the Austrian Alps the Nazis come. His family struggle to survive while the pastor's attitute to his family grows increasingly ambivalent.… (more)

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