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Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor is the compelling tale of a friendship that is lost at the hands of Nazi Germany.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. When he was 14 years old, he told me, the young men of military age had all gone off to war. Max continues to write regardless when his own sister, Griselle, an actress in Berlin, goes missing. To ask other readers questions about Address Unknownplease sign up. Barely bigger than a postcard yet it packs more of a punch than most books three, four, even five times its length.

The book’s afterword, lovingly written by Taylor’s son, reveals that the idea for the story came from a small news article: Martin, a gentile, returns with his family to Germany, exhilarated by the advances in the old country since the humiliation of the Great War.

Address unknown consists of the fictional correspondence between two Germans who run an art gallery in California and start to write letters when Martin Schulse in returns to Germany with his family while his Jewish friend and business partner Max Eisenstein stays in San Francisco. Max and Martin own a successful art gallery in San Francisco.

The editor Whit Burnett and Elliot deemed the story “too strong to appear under the name of a woman,” and published the work under the name Kressmann Taylor, dropping her first name. Racconta i primi anni del nazismo al potere. As readers we can relate to both main characters, even to Martin.

Letters of transit

Thereafter, they lived half a year in MinneapolisMinnesota, and half in Val de Pesa, near Florence. What is the significance of Griselle being an actress?


If a letter were intercepted, he Martin would lose his official position and he and his family would be endangered. Want to Read saving….

Hoffman starts his theology studies in Berlin in the late s. His sister has disappeared from her Berlin home and Max’ last letter has returned to him with the stamp “Address Unknown” on it which makes Max fear the worst. Reissued in to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, its French translation has been on the bestseller lists for two years, having soldcopies; it’s currently also a successful Paris stage play.

Born Kathrine Kressmann, she married Elliott Taylor in He becomes frantic to learn her fate. Believe me, Address Unknown will leave you breathless with admiration.

Psychologist and occasional translator. Max however continues, “Prepare these for distribution by March 24th: View all 7 comments. She was a Jewish woman in San Francisco at the time it was published, and she was an avid reader. I have loved you, not because of your race but in spite of it”, and gives a German’s-eye view of the terrifyingly insidious spread of totalitarianism.

The letters refer to “our grandmother” and imply that Martin is also Jewish.

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The bachelor Max is a frequent and welcome guest at Martin’s home and quasi a member of the family; the delicate situation that Max’ sister and Martin have an affair about which Max is aware but keeps quiet to Martin’s wife adds an element of complicity to the relationship between the two friends.

He is a victim of the times and political circumstances in which he is entangled; he is a weakling and coward; he has too much to lose and he loves his wealth which he likes to show off a little bit too much – the combination of these characteristics make him the perfect Nazi follower and kresmann of their policy – just as millions of others that would have been in all probability decent persons and good friends, were it not for the specific circumstances in which they lived.

This is probably the smartest book about revenge and censorship I’ve ever read. Tatlor Read Edit View history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want kressmannn read.


Martin, who has never succeeded in becoming a real American, decides to return to Germany with his growing family. Il presidente Hindenburg si congratula address Hitler dopo la nomina a cancelliere il 30 gennaio Germany is still in a depression following its defeat in World War Iand this situation is the soil from which Nazism’s influence grows.

Kathrine Taylor met him through the mediation of the FBIunknon had investigated the young German after his defection to the United States. The novel is also based on the life of a real person, Leopold Bernhard. Trivia About Address Unknown. I recommend that everyone read this. It also reminded me how powerful words can be, though it sounds absolutely cliche to say so, and how frustrating it can be when you are trying to get the full story from someone and your pleas are chained to a format which allows for pondering, revisions, and omissions with basically no guarantee of a satisfactory answer.

Kressann fabulous economy, Taylor maps their shared history and faintly diverging lives, the one kressmahn selling dud Madonnas to rich, vain Jews, the other with a perpetually pregnant wife. Capiamo rapidamente il cambio di attitudine del tedesco, che da liberale passa a entusiasmarsi per il cambio di passo del suo paese dopo la fame e l’umiliazione dovuti alla Grande Guerra.

By using only the protagonists’ own communications, Taylor foregoes all those useful devices that can be supplied by an omniscient narrator. At first the warmth between Max Eisenstein and Martin Schulse is palpable.

Fiction Literature Historical Fiction. Jan 27, Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Kressmann Taylor, Jour sans retour.

This article is about the author. His business partner, Max, a Jew, remains in the States to keep the business going. Paperback64 pages.