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Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld

It is spring 1939 in the age of anxiety. In months Europe will be Hitler's. And Badenheim, a resort town vaguely in the orbit of Vienna, is preparing for its summer season.

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  • Susan K

    Just had lunch with a cousin who was living in Vienna just before the time the book took place. She and her family gave up their personal wealth to escape and become domestics in England. They waited a long time to be able to get jobs and be able to leave. She got out in October of 1938. They knew exactly what was going on with the Nazis and were thrilled to be able to save their lives, even at the cost of starting over. This supports what I was saying at the meetup; a year before this book took place, Viennese Jews knew what was happening. Most of them just had no way to avoid it.

    July 13, 2014

  • Kam

    decent book, expressionistic I thought, but I put it down halfway through, for reasons I will specify after you've met – so I don't spoil anything, or color anybody's viewpoint.

    June 3, 2014

    • Jim H.

      Yeah I was waiting for someone to mention "The Prisoner" but that wasn't the vibe
      I got. Expressionistic is good. Surreal? Not for me.

      June 12, 2014

    • Kam

      you thought it was surreal? I would agree; it was like weird from the beginning, not grounded; like the author expected us to feel more worried/anxious and I was just weirded out.

      June 12, 2014

  • Jim H.

    Glad to hear members of the passionate about this book and members who found it moving. The best I had was the idea of a memorial - of us looking back at these people with fondness, not judging, and seeing through our modern eyes how people react to uncertainly and doubt. Reminded me a lot of "Shosha" and yet it didn't. Thanks everybody for coming out

    June 11, 2014

  • Julia B.

    Inspiring as always

    June 11, 2014

  • Sonia

    I can't access my internet from work and I just got home -didn't know I made it off the wait list. I look forward to meeting for the next discussion...

    June 10, 2014

  • Gregg

    I am going to be stuck at work tonight unexpectedly dealing with something that unfortunately I'm not able to work around. My apologies for the very late cancel. Was hoping I could resolve the problem in time for tonight's meeting.

    June 10, 2014

  • Ted C.

    There is an excellent interview with Aharon Appelfeld by Philip Roth at

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Elliot

    As well as by Ari Shavit in his recent book My Promised Land.

    June 6, 2014

  • marianne

    I have some free copies of Mrs Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lethem. Please post if anyone would like one and I'll bring some on Tuesday.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jim H.

    As always if you think you won't be able to come next Tuesday please take a minute and change your RSVP status from YES to NO and give someone on the waiting list a chance. Thanks.

    June 4, 2014

  • Luther A.

    To get ready for a book like this, you should probably read Camus. He aint Austrian but he thoughts on the war will give understandment of the anxiety.

    May 31, 2014

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