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The Seventh Cross
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers
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Written in 1939, first published in 1942, a national bestseller and a 1943 BOMC Main Selection, The Seventh Cross presented a still doubtful, naive America a first-hand account of life in Hitlers Germany and of the horrors of the concentration camps. Seven men attempt an escape from Westhofen; the camp commander erects seven crosses, one for each. Only one, the young communist, Heisler, survives, not by cunning or superior skill, but through the complicity of a web of common citizens unwilling to bow to the Gestapo and forced to make decisions that will determine the character of their future lives.
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charl08
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Amazing book!

Anna40 I love Anna Seghers and this book, but I find that her her best is Transit. 2y
charl08 @Anna40 I thought Transit was also brilliant. The Seventh Cross made me think about political opposition and complicity in 2020 so felt like a timely read now. 2y
arubabookwoman I loved that one too. I have Transit on the Kindle and hope to get to it soon. 2y
charl08 @arubabookwoman frustratingly contemporary too - I found it hard to read in places. 2y
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charl08
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suddenly it was as if the camp... had been built all over again...

How the locals view the concentration camp.

A new NYRB issue of a classic about protest and opposition in Nazi Germany.

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charl08
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers

Across the way was a spice dealer‘s shop, next to it a laundry, after that a butcher‘s shop. The bells on the shop doors tinkled. Two women with packages, a boy biting into a sausage. The power and splendor of everyday life, how he had despised it in the past. If only instead of having to wait out here, he could go inside to be the butcher‘s helper, a delivery boy for the spice dealer, a guest in one of these homes.

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charl08
The Seventh Cross | Anna Seghers

He was overcome by a feeling of belonging.....For Franz it meant simply belonging to this bit of soil, to its people, and being a member of the morning shift cycling to the Hoechst plant, but above all it meant belonging to the living.

#ARCAugust
Only new in the sense this is a new translation into English.

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sisilia
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Another movie that I need to check out soon

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! That‘s got to be really old!! Cool to see Jessica Tandy and Hume together at a young age!! 3y
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yeah, it was released in 1944 😀👍🏻 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow! 41 years before Cocoon! They must have still been in their late 30s to 40s 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m wrong, he was 33, she was 35 (edited) 3y
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous couple! 😍 3y
arubabookwoman Did not know there was a movie based on the book. Will have to check it out. 3y
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sisilia
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5⭐️ I‘m supposed to buddy-read this book for the whole month of August with @shawnmooney but I couldn‘t resist the temptation to read on. Seven political prisoners escaped from the concentration camp. Seven trees waited for their return, for each recaptured prisoner to be hung on a cross. At the end, the seventh cross remained empty. This brilliant, suspenseful story leading to the successful escape is a symbol of the resistance to the Nazis

Lindy Hey! Is that a blackwing pencil? I wish I could enlarge photos in Litsy. 3y
sisilia @Lindy Yes 😆 I have some limited editions. Will put them on my online store soon 3y
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Lindy @sisilia Oooh, nice. I have a Blackwing Palomino that I love. 3y
Crazeedi @Lindy @sisilia I ❤❤❤ my blackwings! I subscribed to series. I love all pencils in general!! 3y
sisilia @Crazeedi @lindy 🙌🏻 Yay to fellow graphite lovers ! 3y
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sisilia
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Seven trees, seven chapters, seven escapees 😍 I‘m about 45% in and really loving the story #NYRBClassics

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sisilia
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Just started this #NYRBClassics for a buddy-read with @shawnmooney

GlassAsDiamonds I really have to start reading these!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 3y
sisilia @GlassAsDiamonds I just finished Chapter 1 and I like the writing 😃 This is a nice pick for Women in Translation month, too 3y
BarbaraBB Interesting. I read her other book and really enjoyed it. 3y
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sisilia @BarbaraBB I heard that Transit is better than this 😺 My IRL bookclub will be reading Transit in Nov, so I will find out soon 3y
BarbaraBB But you like this one too, don‘t you? Looking forward to your thoughts. 3y
sisilia @BarbaraBB I do ☺️ I‘ll let you know 3y
arubabookwoman I read it earlier this year. I liked it a lot. I haven't read Transit though. 3y
sisilia @arubabookwoman I‘m glad that you loved it. I‘m enjoying it so far. The description is superb; I feel as if i were a fugitive in the old Germany 3y
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Clare_Riley
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I have a NetGalley copy on my kindle of this book, so I‘m reading the English translation of one of the books that I wrote my university dissertation on! I‘ve been looking at the translation (because I‘m a bit sad like that!😆) and I‘d say it‘s very good. She‘s such an underrated author in the English speaking world. She wrote a lot of sense that applies to us even now (she was communist and Jewish, and escaped Nazi Germany before the war).

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DivineDiana
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Translated from German, this book was made into a movie with Spencer Tracy in 1944. 7 German prisoners escape from a Nazi concentration camp. As they are captured, each is hung on a cross. Only one eludes the Gestapo. The German translation does not run smoothly. There is a large cast of characters to follow, but the story is suspenseful and chilling. A stark glimpse into the fear of living under a dictator. From The Voices of Resistance Series.

julesG I had to read this in school and had to compare it to, among others, the 6y
DivineDiana @julesG How interesting! Had not heard of the 6y
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DivineDiana
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Starting this book that I had reserved at the library. There were a few people ahead of me, even though it was written in 1942. The funny thing is I am not sure who recommended it 🤔I thought it was Litsy but just checked reviews and there are none. So, it must have been a Facebook post on books to read related to the current political climate in the US. I did research that it was made into a movie starring Spencer Tracy.