Book Review – My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair (Hodder) ISBN 9781473616257

Imagine finding out at the age of 38 that your grandfather was an infamous Nazi commandant (played by actor Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List). How would you cope with this chilling knowledge?

Jennifer Teege goes through this trauma, which is the final straw. She is a mixed race woman who was sent to an orphanage as a baby, and only taken in by the foster family who eventually adopted her at the age of three.

Married with two children, Jennifer has to come to terms with her discovery. She decides to rekindle her relationship with her mother to put together the missing pieces. She also has to find the courage to tell her Israeli friends.

Written in a simple and factual style, this book gives an insight into how third generation Holocaust perpetrators’ and victims’ children deal with their past. It is a fascinating read.

Amanda Blankfield-Koseff

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Posted on: 6th April 2017