Out of Passau: Leaving a City Hitler Called Home
As a teenager in Passau, Germany, Anna Elisabeth Rosmus promised herself: "Never again will you be silent if something has to be said. You will open your mouth and protest whenever and wherever you find injustice." She kept this vow in mind as she embarked on a life-changing journey to discover... show more
As a teenager in Passau, Germany, Anna Elisabeth Rosmus promised herself: "Never again will you be silent if something has to be said. You will open your mouth and protest whenever and wherever you find injustice." She kept this vow in mind as she embarked on a life-changing journey to discover the truth about her hometown's buried past--and she has kept it to this day. Born in 1960 to a middle-class Catholic family in the small city of Passau, Rosmus came to see that her formal education provided little information about the history of Nazi activity in Passau, or in Germany as a whole. As she slowly uncovered the "forgotten" history of Passau--for a national essay competition titled "The Prewar Years in My Hometown"--Rosmus came face to face with startling evidence that common "middle-class" Catholic Passauers had committed many violent anti-Semitic crimes. After overcoming a stubborn bureaucracy that blocked her every attempt to access archives, files, and photographs to document prewar Passau, Rosmus's essay turned into her first book. At the age of twenty-four, she won Germany's prestigious Geschwister-Scholl Award for Resistance and Persecution in Passau from 1933 to 1939 which outlines the town's history during the Nazi era. Though celebrated on many fronts for her civil courage, Rosmus faced a storm of opposition in Passau and was subsequently shunned. Against the Stream tells the story of a committed young woman who overcame fierce resistance to discover and make public the suppressed deeds of her fellow citizens. First published as part of Germany's acclaimed "What I Think" series, this memoir chronicles the intense backlash Rosmus faced in the form of censorship, lawsuits, and death threats. Rosmus's story, which inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated film The Nasty Girl, also follows her attempts to bring home Passau's expelled Jews and few Holocaust survivors, and to commemorate the forgotten Jews of Passau. Her story recounts her dedication to uncovering anti-Semitism and to fighting neo-Nazis and Germany's extreme right.
Publish date: February 1st 2004
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Out of Passau, which is a stand alone follow up to Against The Stream, details one woman's painful experience in trying to get a town to accept their responsibility and history during World War II. The author details how she uncovered the truths of her towns' acceptance of being one of "Hitler's fav...
Disclaimer: Read via Netgalley and courtesy of Open Road Media. There is a wonderful YouTube series called “Ask a Slave”. The woman who started it, who stars in it, got the idea when she was working as a re-enactor at a historical site (I believe Mt. Vernon) and got asked stupid ...