Prague Winter

Prague Winter

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

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Drawing on her own memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly-available documents, former US Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring.

Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright's life was shaken by some of the most cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Battle of Britain, the attempted genocide of European Jewry, the allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War.

In Prague Winter, Albright reflects on her discovery of her family's Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland's tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exile leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong.

Prague Winter is an exploration of the past with timeless dilemmas in mind, a journey with universal lessons that is simultaneously a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history. It serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past, as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures. Albright and her family's experiences provide an intensely human lens through which to view the most political and tumultuous years in modern history.

Publisher: New York : Harper
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062030368
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Librarian_Deb Jun 12, 2017

She never knew she was Jewish. It wasn't until she was about to become Secretary of State, that Madeleine Albright found out-from a reporter-that her family had Jewish origins. She was surprised, she had always felt like she knew who she was and where she had come from. This book is the result of her digging into her family's history and discovering the story of Czechoslovakia and how the events of World War II tore apart her family--and thousands of others. This is not much of a personal story, as a relating of the events that happened with some of Albright's commentary on the decisions that were made by the political leaders. Our book group found much to discuss as we also talked about the decisions that were made and the implications, and how they related to what's going in the world right now. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history.

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ShannonFell
May 12, 2017

This book was full of information and insight regarding WWII.

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tmbsarah
May 06, 2017

I don't know why I found this book at Dollar Tree, but I received more than what I paid for in context of Czechoslovakian history, religious and political conflict since before the world war, Austrian-Hungarian empire, and of course, about Madeleine Albright and her family. I felt I had a little but of everything.

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mouna18
Nov 01, 2015

this book sucks what do you mean

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smcrvl
Jul 03, 2014

Autobiography of former secretary of state

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mackiecat
Aug 14, 2012

Excellent and quite readable. Closest thing we'll ever get to an eyewitness history of the Czech people, from fabled times to post-WWII. Czechoslovakia was affected by each large nation. Therefore we can see the climate of the times through what happened to the middle-sized nations in between them.

Includes details of the lives and deaths of the author's Jewish relatives in German concentration camps. Also includes details of her father's work as an ambassador and radio broadcaster for the BBC during WWII. Interesting details regarding what Ms. Albright discovered in her position as U.S. Secretary of State.

I wonder if there will now be a followup volume entitled, "Prague Spring."

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