Traces of My Father

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1890-4
Publication Date
July 2002
Page Count
135 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Traces of My Father

William Radice

When in 1979 Sigfrid Gauch published the groundbreaking Vaterspuren (Traces of My Father), the first of the so-called father books about father-son conflicts and the Nazi legacy, a new genre in German literature was born. This autobiographical novel--translated into English for the first time--is Gauch's attempt to come to terms with his father, Herman Gauch, a physician who joined the National Socialists in the 1920s, wrote six books of "race research," and to his dying day remained an unrepentant Nazi. Unlike many of the father books, Traces of My Father is less a political attack than a personal journey. Gauch's narrator separates his father's abhorrent politics from his character, providing an affecting portrait of the struggle to reconcile the past.

About the Author
Sigfrid Gauch was born in 1945 in Offenbach, Germany. His other books include Unterwegs, Zweiter Hand, and Buchstabenzeit. He lives in Germany.
"This is a . . . candid memoir, a gripping historical document and . . . moving tragedy of conflicting minds and hearts, identities and generations." --Felipe Fernández-Armesto, author of Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature
"Gauch's achievement . . . [is] that he [doesn't] recoil from the Nazi monster which his father . . . appeared to [be to] the . . . world." --Michael Schneider, Den Kopf verkehrt aufgesetzt