Title: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me
Authors: Teege, Nikola
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 215
Year: 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: English
Description: It's hard to imagine a more arresting title, but in this instance, it is trumped by its sub-title 'a black woman discovers her family's Nazi past'. Daughter of a white German mother and a Nigerian father, Jennifer Teege was adopted out as a young child. However, at age 38, her random selection of a library book revealed photos of her biological mother and grandmother and even more shockingly, that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, a Nazi commandant known as the Butcher of Krakow.

This is the empowering story of the author's quest to confront the truth and understand her troubled legacy, supported by a intertwined narrative providing balanced analysis and historical context for this heart-felt testimony.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A very powerful human story. An honest depiction of her struggle to come to terms with her life."

"This book is excellent."

"This story is quickly told and is easy to read despite the awfulness of the subject matter."

"Is there a better story of inherited guilt? Her grandfather was the butcher of Krakow!"

"The book packs a lot into its 215 pages. You get a feel for how hard it was – being adopted and searching for something you felt you missed as a child."

"This book is probably not for the squeamish. What happened in the Holocaust is worse than the average nightmare and the book doesn't pretend otherwise. Having said that, I think in the end it's a book of hope."

"This book will appeal to the thinking groups as it presents many issues for discussion."

"While it's not brilliantly written, it's certainly good enough for inclusion in the scheme."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Translation, 2019 Titles


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