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  Seminar
This is Becker’s central issue as someone who feels compelled to understand what it means to be both Jewish and German, as someone who is keenly aware of the social upheavals during his lifetime (the Holocaust and the three postwar Germanies) – two facets that provide the focal points for Rock’s book.
Consequently, Becker’s texts are carried by his ideas, but he demands of himself that he not formulate them into an opinion that forces itself upon the reader.
Generally, David Rock’s book on Jurek Becker is disappointing for what it is billed to be (a comprehensive assessment); but it is, with a few exceptions, a good compendium of Becker’s “conception of himself as a writer” and human being.
www.humanities.ualberta.ca /seminar/display.cfm?ReviewID=30   (676 words)

  
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From 1939 until 1945, Jurek Becker was a prisoner in the concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen.
When Jurek Becker's Jacob the Liarwas published twenty-five years after world War II, it was hailed worldwide as the most remarkable novel of he Holocaust ever written in Germany.
To summarize the plot of Jurek Becker's wrenching novel would be to trivialize the emotional power of the author's depiction of Jewish life in postwar Germany, as described by Aron Blank, who survived the Holocaust and finds his son years later.
www.arcadepub.com /onix?isbn=1559706155   (779 words)

  
 Goethe-Institut Was bleibt? - Becker, Jurek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The setting of Jurek Becker's very successful first novel (published 1969) is a ghetto in a Polish province similar to the one where Becker himself grew up.
Becker brings the concept of resistance down from an exalted plane to the level of everyday life, and in so doing avoids the requirement for the high pathos of tragedy without disregarding it completely.
Since Becker gives his hero the ingenious idea of turning on a fictitious radio as early as page 29, a tension develops which he is able to maintain with great narrative skill until the end, when reality reasserts itself.
www.goethe.de /Kug/prj/was/bec/enindex.htm   (300 words)

  
 Jurek Becker by Sander Gilman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
A survivor of the Shoah—his mother died in a Nazi death camp—and witness to the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, Becker endured most of the trials that Jews experienced in Europe from the onset of World War II to the end of the Cold War.
Gilman was close friends with Becker for nearly thirty years, and his biography is based on unprecedented access to both the man and his papers.
Sander Gilman's story of Jurek Becker is biography of the highest order, a portrait of an extraordinarily gifted artist whose hope and courage are manifested in his legacy as one of the greatest German writers of the past century.
www.press.uchicago.edu /News/0401gilmanprs.html   (344 words)

  
 Jurek Becker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Becker's Jacob, who bears the same name as the Israelite Patriarch, a deceiver, misleads the other prisoners by pretending he has a radio which he listens to for news.
Becker was one of the first to sign the letter of protest initiated by the writers Stefan Heym and Stephan Hermlin.
Becker lectured at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and was a guest professor at the University of Texas in Austin.
www.germanembassy-india.org /news/may97/21agn05.htm   (504 words)

  
 BiblioVault - Jurek Becker: a life in five worlds
Jurek Becker, the author of the first comic novel on the Holocaust, Jacob the Liar, and other highly acclaimed works, was one of West Germany's most famous exiles from the GDR.
A survivor of the Shoah-his mother died in a Nazi death camp-and witness to the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, Becker endured most of the trials that Jews experienced in Europe from the onset of World War II to the end of the Cold War.
An important theme in the book is Becker's struggle with his Jewishness, an identity he repressed in socialist East Germany, but embraced after reunification, when he found himself at the center of Jewish culture and literature.
www.bibliovault.org /BV.book.epl?BookId=4552   (273 words)

  
 NYTimes
Becker, who spent much of his adult life in East Germany, moved to the West in 1978 and now lives in West Germany.
Becker's latest novel, recognizes something the mere exploiters have failed to come to terms with - namely, that the events of World War II are constantly receding in time, and that this distance must change the way we feel and think about them.
Becker, writing simply and clearly in an unstrained narrative, speaks with the voice of knowledge, and we do well to listen to him.
partners.nytimes.com /books/99/05/16/nnp/becker-bronstein.html   (732 words)

  
 DALLAS GOETHE CENTER
To initiate the series I have chosen Jurek Becker's Jacob The Liar, which was published in 1996 by Arcade Publishing in New York.
Becker, born in 1937 in Poland, spent his youth in Ghettos and concentration camps.
Becker invents about a dozen people and their stories, which he has taken from the daily news reports of his "non-existing" radio.
www.dallasgoethecenter.org /becker.htm   (803 words)

  
 new books in german: Editorial
I met Jurek Becker in the late 1960s, when he was the darling of young critics in East Berlin.
And Jurek Becker was indeed a rara avis.
Each is adapted and changed in the narratives that Jurek created in his novels, his films, and his television programmes.
www.new-books-in-german.com /featur28.htm   (873 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: Jacob the Liar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In this case is inside the ghetto, where Jacob Heym, a jew prisoner of the Germans accidentally overheard the news of a German radio saying, "troops succeeded in halting the Bolshevist attack 12 miles from Bezenika." He spread the news with the good intention of bringing hope and faith to the abandoned people there.
The role of "fiction" in the midst of horror so stark it cannot be endured: this is the central premise of Jurek Becker's holocaust novel Jacob the Liar.
The role of hope in the midst of seeming hopelessness is central to Becker's stark novel.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1559703156   (1123 words)

  
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As a college student, Jurek Becker’s father had told him of a man who once owned a clandestine radio while living in the Polish ghetto of Lodz.
Both Jurek and his father were captivated by the story; they themselves had survived life in the Lodz ghetto and later the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
From this small tale, Jurek further imagined a scenario in which the man had invented his radio to spread hope to people who had none.
www.umass.edu /defa/filmtour/sjjakob.shtml   (1234 words)

  
 Jurek Becker -- Jakob der Lügner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
When speaking about issues of resistance in his book, Becker has said:
You can only survive when somebody is with you, and that's what he found out, that's an important reason for his care for others.
"Moral Issues in Jurek Becker's Jakob der Lugner: Contributions to a Symposium." Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies.
www-unix.oit.umass.edu /~bweber/courses/Becker.html   (1215 words)

  
 Denver Rocky Mountain News: JUREK BECKER, AUTHOR OF `JAKOB, THE LIAR,' OTHER BOOKS@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jurek Becker, who wrote Jakob, the Liar and other award-winning books in German, died of cancer Friday in Frankfurt.
Becker moved to West Germany in 1977 after East Germany banned publication of his work.
A Polish Jew, he grew up in the Warsaw ghetto, and later was imprisoned in the Ravensbrueck and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1P1:6042159&refid=holomed_1   (224 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Jakob the Liar: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In a moving, almost hallucinatory, narrative that gives voice to a grief beyond words, Becker shows us ordinary people struggling to maintain their humanity and dignity.
Vennewitz's translation conveys the restraint and emotional power of a story that unfolds with the impact of a moral parable or a folk legend.
"JACOB THE LIAR," by Jurek Becker is a good example of how humane a person can be despite the place and situation that he/she is found.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0452281709?v=glance   (1559 words)

  
 Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became A German?; Author: Rock, David; Hardback; Book
Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became A German?; Author: Rock, David; Hardback; Book
This volume traces the main events in writer Jurek Becker's personal history: his childhood experiences in the Lodz Ghetto and in the concentration camps, his life in the GDR, and his move to the West.
It reflects on Becker's quest for his Jewish identity and on his narrative technique.
www.netstoreusa.com /lxbooks/185/1859733328.shtml   (198 words)

  
 Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became a German? - Questia Online Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jurek Becker: A Jew Who Became a German?
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www.questia.com /PM.qst?a=o&d=102265830   (117 words)

  
 Research
He was also invited by Professor Heinrich Mohr to give a paper on Jurek Becker and Christoph Hein at the Fakultät für Sprache und Literaturwissenschaft, Osnabrück in 1996.
David Rock and David Horrocks (Emeritus Research Fellow) are active in the area of Minority Cultures in Germany.
Research on Jewish Culture and aspects of the Holocaust yielded an entry by David Rock on Edgar Hilsenrath for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture (1999) and an article for the volume Jews in German Literature since 1945 (rodopi, 2000).
www.keele.ac.uk /depts/ml/german/research.htm   (772 words)

  
 The Boxer, Arcade Publishing
When Jurek Becker's Jacob the Liarwas published twenty-five years after world War II, it was hailed worldwide as the most remarkable novel of he Holocaust ever written in Germany.
It is, said the Times Literary Supplement,"a novel about the martyrdom of Europe's Jews that has never been surpassed.
Written with the understated elegance that brought Jurek Becker worldwide acclaim, this is a rare portrait of Jewish life in postwar Germany and a profoundly human story of survival, friendship, and fatherly love.
www.arcadepub.com /book/index.cfm?GCOI=55970100980840   (363 words)

  
 Gallileus - Jurek Becker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jurek Becker (1937-1997) ist einer der herausragenden deutschen Schriftsteller unserer Zeit.
Sander L. Gilman kannte Jurek Becker seit den sechziger Jahren.
Die große Biografie des Wanderers zwischen den Welten und Systemen, das Leben des Literaten, der stets in Konflikt mit der Macht gerät.
www.gallileus.info /search/lob_detail?isbn=3550075596   (202 words)

  
 BookHq: Bronstein's Children by Jurek Becker,Leila Vennewitz (Translator) ( 0226041271 )
BookHq: Bronstein's Children by Jurek Becker,Leila Vennewitz (Translator) (0226041271)
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www.bookhq.com /compare/0226041271.html   (115 words)

  
 World Literature in English (FL 209-01)
Use Illinet Online (IO)to find books held in the Elmhurst College library as well as books owned by 64 other Illinois academic and research libraries.
Works by an author in a collection- Boolean search: Jurek AND Becker
Works about Jurek Becker- Browse Subject Words: Jurek Becker
www.elmhurst.edu /library/courses/forlang/FL209Ja05.htm   (369 words)

  
 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 2003010002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 2003010002
Publisher description for Jurek Becker : a life in five worlds / Sander L. Gilman.
Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/uchi052/2003010002.html   (282 words)

  
 Powell's Books - Sleepless Days by Jurek Becker
Powell's Books - Sleepless Days by Jurek Becker
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The rusults, while harsh, are not unwelcome as he finds a new vitality in a world seen through new eyes.
www.powells.com /cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=17-0156827654-0   (85 words)

  
 German381 - Holocaust in Literature
Far from being a mere historical event, the Holocaust still engenders public debate and political decisions in both Europe and Canada.
After a brief outline of the events leading to the reign of National-Socialism, the course will focus on a selection of literary texts (and related film versions) attempting to communicate the Holocaust experience by authors from the German speaking countries such as Jurek Becker, Edgar Hilsenrath, Siegfried Lenz, Peter Weiss and others.
Class discussions will take the challenging legacy of the Holocaust into account and compare today’s debates with those of the literary texts.
www.arts.uwaterloo.ca /~gbrudefi/german381.html   (226 words)

  
 Gilman, Sander L.: Jurek Becker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Gilman, Sander L. Jurek Becker: A Life in Five Worlds.
Jurek Becker, as Georg Nikolaus, Writes for the Movies, 1960-1974
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www.press.uchicago.edu /cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/16083.ctl   (303 words)

  
 Bronstein's Children
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"Becker, writing simply and clearly in an unstrained narrative, speaks with the voice of knowledge."
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 BBC - Radio 4 Open Book - Jurek Becker
BBC - Radio 4 Open Book - Jurek Becker
Sunday 16:00-16:30, repeated Thursday 16:00-16:30, except first Sunday in the month when it is replaced by Book Club
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www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/arts/openbook/openbook_20040411a.shtml   (627 words)

  
 VH1.com : Movies : Person : Jurek Becker : Main
VH1.com : Movies : Person : Jurek Becker : Main
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