Book presentation: Yankev Glatstheyn „Emil und Karl“
In 1940, Yankev Glatshteyn (Jacob Glatstein) wrote one of the first books for young readers, a prophetic one at that, about the “Holocaust before the Holocaust,” describing through the eyes of children the incomprehensible atrocities taking place around them.
Vienna 1938: The two nine-year-old friends Emil and Karl suddenly find themselves left to their own devices in Nazi-annexed Austria. Their parents are arrested before their eyes—the ones because of their socialist sympathies and the others because they are Jewish. With their comfortable lives suddenly disrupted, the two boys experience indescribable events but also support from people who risk their lives for them.
“Emil and Karl,” which was written by Glatstein for his children, is not just for juveniles but for readers of all ages and languages. It is a novel about the situation of children in a dark era, but above all it is the story of friendship. The book was published for the first time in German in 2014.
Adress of Welcome: Gerhard Langer
Introduction: Evita Wiecki (Historisches Seminar der Ludwigs-Maximilian Universität München/ Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur)
Yiddish and German reading: Evita Wiecki, Marianne Windsperger
Free admission from 6.15 pm
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