THE CAMERA OF MY FAMILY by Catherine Hanf Noren

THE CAMERA OF MY FAMILY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the last page of this hundred-year album, Meta Strauss Wallach, age ninety-three, looks across the dinner table crinkling with pleasure; opposite we see--once again--cameos of Meta as a young girl in South Germany and as a middle-aged matron newly arrived in America. So are time, distance, and history compressed in the personal history of the Hanf and Wallach families, a settled, secure German-Jewish tribe uprooted, dispersed and partially destroyed by Nazi persecution. Like nothing before, Catherine Hanf Noren's restrained photo-documentary makes immediate what was lost and what endured. Passports are reproduced, and pleas for help that brought none; the Wallach shop in Munich is seen, its windows draped so as not to distract attention during a Nazi parade--opposite Hitler sitting in front of Wallach curtains at Berchtesgarden. Unbidden, one can only weep.

Pub Date: Nov. 18th, 1976
Publisher: Knopf