Born Jewish

Born Jewish A Childhood in Occupied Europe

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Publisher's Synopsis

Eminent Marxist intellectual recounts class struggles in Nazi-torn Belgium

Marcel Liebman was one of post-war Europe's preeminent Marxist intellectuals. This, his memoir of Nazi-occupied Belgium, is both an elegy and an indictment. Liebman's account of his childhood in Brussels under the Nazi occupation explores the emergence of his class-consciousness against a background of resistance and collaboration. He documents the internal class war that has long been hidden from history: how the Nazi persecution exploited class distinctions within the Jewish community, and how certain Jewish notables collaborated in a systematic programme of denunciation and deportation against immigrant Jews who lacked the privileges of wealth and citizenship.

Born Jewish is a fierce, powerful and subtle account of the Liebman family's struggle to survive persecution and terror, a story rich with insight, humour and lyricism.

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Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788736442
Publisher: Verso Books
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.5318092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 286g
Height: 198mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 12mm