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Leur couple est une légende, leur biographie une épopée. Pourtant, rien ne prédestinait cette fille d’un soldat de la Wehrmacht et ce fils d’un Juif roumain mort à Auschwitz à devenir le couple mythique de « chasseurs de nazis » que l’on connaît. Leur histoire commence par un coup de foudre sur un quai du métro parisien entre une jeune fille au pair allemande et un étudian Leur couple est une légende, leur biographie une épopée. Pourtant, rien ne prédestinait cette fille d’un soldat de la Wehrmacht et ce fils d’un Juif roumain mort à Auschwitz à devenir le couple mythique de « chasseurs de nazis » que l’on connaît. Leur histoire commence par un coup de foudre sur un quai du métro parisien entre une jeune fille au pair allemande et un étudiant de Sciences Po. Très vite, avec le soutien de Serge, Beate livre en Allemagne un combat acharné pour empêcher d’anciens nazis d’accéder à des postes à haute responsabilité. Sa méthode : le coup d’éclat permanent. Elle traite ainsi de nazi le chancelier Kurt Georg Kiesinger en plein parlement, puis le gifle en public lors d’un meeting à Berlin, geste qui lui vaut de devenir le symbole de la jeune génération allemande. Leur combat les conduit aux quatre coins du monde. En France, ils traînent Klaus Barbie devant les tribunaux et ont un rôle central dans les procès Bousquet, Touvier, Leguay et Papon. Ni les menaces ni les arrestations – notamment lors de leur tentative d’enlèvement de Kurt Lischka, ancien responsable de la Gestapo – ne parviennent à faire ployer un engagement sans cesse renouvelé jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Dans cette autobiographie croisée, Beate et Serge Klarsfeld reviennent sur quarante-cinq années de militantisme, poursuivant par ce geste leur combat pour la mémoire des victimes de la Shoah.


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Leur couple est une légende, leur biographie une épopée. Pourtant, rien ne prédestinait cette fille d’un soldat de la Wehrmacht et ce fils d’un Juif roumain mort à Auschwitz à devenir le couple mythique de « chasseurs de nazis » que l’on connaît. Leur histoire commence par un coup de foudre sur un quai du métro parisien entre une jeune fille au pair allemande et un étudian Leur couple est une légende, leur biographie une épopée. Pourtant, rien ne prédestinait cette fille d’un soldat de la Wehrmacht et ce fils d’un Juif roumain mort à Auschwitz à devenir le couple mythique de « chasseurs de nazis » que l’on connaît. Leur histoire commence par un coup de foudre sur un quai du métro parisien entre une jeune fille au pair allemande et un étudiant de Sciences Po. Très vite, avec le soutien de Serge, Beate livre en Allemagne un combat acharné pour empêcher d’anciens nazis d’accéder à des postes à haute responsabilité. Sa méthode : le coup d’éclat permanent. Elle traite ainsi de nazi le chancelier Kurt Georg Kiesinger en plein parlement, puis le gifle en public lors d’un meeting à Berlin, geste qui lui vaut de devenir le symbole de la jeune génération allemande. Leur combat les conduit aux quatre coins du monde. En France, ils traînent Klaus Barbie devant les tribunaux et ont un rôle central dans les procès Bousquet, Touvier, Leguay et Papon. Ni les menaces ni les arrestations – notamment lors de leur tentative d’enlèvement de Kurt Lischka, ancien responsable de la Gestapo – ne parviennent à faire ployer un engagement sans cesse renouvelé jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Dans cette autobiographie croisée, Beate et Serge Klarsfeld reviennent sur quarante-cinq années de militantisme, poursuivant par ce geste leur combat pour la mémoire des victimes de la Shoah.

30 review for Mémoires (BIOGRAPHIES, ME)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    I have always very much admired Serge and Beate Klarsfeld (with me also totally cheering how Beate Klarsfeld boxed CDU politician Kurt Georg Kiesinger’s ears in 1968 and openly, publicly called him a Nazi, for he most certainly did voluntarily join the NSDAP and obviously was also an active member) and consider what they have as a husband and wife team accomplished tracking down Nazi war criminals totally heroic, not to mention of course also something that was and remains an absolute necessity, I have always very much admired Serge and Beate Klarsfeld (with me also totally cheering how Beate Klarsfeld boxed CDU politician Kurt Georg Kiesinger’s ears in 1968 and openly, publicly called him a Nazi, for he most certainly did voluntarily join the NSDAP and obviously was also an active member) and consider what they have as a husband and wife team accomplished tracking down Nazi war criminals totally heroic, not to mention of course also something that was and remains an absolute necessity, as well as an obligation. And in my humble opinion, the tireless efforts of the Klarsfelds researching the horrors of the Holocaust, tracking down and outing many of the monsters responsible even when both Germany and actually also often the world just wanted to forget WWII and Nazism and move on so to speak is not only of course the reason many despicable individuals such as for example Klaus Barbie were in fact apprehended and forced to pay for their crimes against humanity, but that Beate and Serge Klarsfeld also did (in my opinion) lastingly wake up both the German government and the German judiciary and to make them more increasingly aware of their own responsibilities with regard to finding and prosecuting Nazi war criminals (and no matter what their ages or if they tried to come up with the lame excuse that they were just following orders). However, and indeed as much as I do greatly admire Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, I have also found their memoirs, I have found Erinnerungen often a rather tedious slog, with their important political philosophies, with their reasons why tracking down Nazi war criminals was so necessary and essential often rather getting a bit lost in the minute details of their lives (both together and separate), certainly interesting enough to a point, but in my opinion, it would definitely make Erinnerungen a much more solid and political interest retaining perusal if Serge and Beate Klarsfeld’s musings and remembrances were a trifle streamlined to focus more on their politics and on how they went about finding and outing Nazi war criminals. For yes, over six hundred pages of personal memories do tend to get a bit monotonous and I also sometimes have to wonder if the Klarsfelds were actually even all that happy exposing their innermost thoughts to the public, since I have read elsewhere that at first, they actually did not even want to publish ALL of their private diaries and memories but that their publisher kind of kept pushing for this (and if this is in fact true, it is yet another reason why Serge and Beate Klarsfeld should have been presenting a selected body of remembrances in Erinnerungen and to an for me limiting themselves to their political and social activism, to their work and efforts as Nazi hunters).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    If you live outside of Europe, you might not have heard of the Klarsfelds - Serge and Beate (or Beate and Serge), a wife and husband who are responsible for bringing several Nazi war crimnals to trial. Serge is a French man whose family is Jewish and whose father died in the Holocaust. Beate is a German whose father fought for Germany in WW II. The memoir's early section deals with the early lives of both and thier eventual meeting courting. The bulk of the book is about the journey to activisim If you live outside of Europe, you might not have heard of the Klarsfelds - Serge and Beate (or Beate and Serge), a wife and husband who are responsible for bringing several Nazi war crimnals to trial. Serge is a French man whose family is Jewish and whose father died in the Holocaust. Beate is a German whose father fought for Germany in WW II. The memoir's early section deals with the early lives of both and thier eventual meeting courting. The bulk of the book is about the journey to activisim and pursuit of justice. Told by alternating voices in different sections, the primary focus is on thier work, though thier love for their family shines. Well worth the read, and the couple should win the Nobel Peace Prize.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    These two people deserve our admiration and respect. They've dedicated their adult lives to the quest for finding out the truth about the atrocities that happened to the Jewish population in France during the time of the Nazi regime /Vichy government. The book offers insight into their motivation, but mainly into their actions and activities over the last decades. We don't find out so much about their feelings or inner musings, it is not this kind of memoir, but more about their thoughts on the These two people deserve our admiration and respect. They've dedicated their adult lives to the quest for finding out the truth about the atrocities that happened to the Jewish population in France during the time of the Nazi regime /Vichy government. The book offers insight into their motivation, but mainly into their actions and activities over the last decades. We don't find out so much about their feelings or inner musings, it is not this kind of memoir, but more about their thoughts on the topic, their plans and actions. We read excerpts from historical documents which are quoted and follow their ways through the European justice system. Protesting against injustice and antisemitism anywhere in the world is another main Focus of their work and lives. The book is told from the alternating point of view of Beate and Serge, which makes the account even more interesting. Sometimes, though, it also makes the book a Little slow and some aspects are repeated and redundant. Nonetheless, it is gripping to follow their actions, their travels, their setbacks and successes and to find out so much about the history of the stituation in France and Germany and other places in the world after the Second World War and how they dealt with the Nazi criminals who lived there. Many of them led a 'normal' or even privileged life as lawyer, judge, doctor, manager etc. until the Klarsfelds made their political background public and brought them to justice, sometimes it took them decades to finally get the criminals in front of a court of justice. It also tells the story of their quest for finding out the truth, for giving the victims back their names, lives, faces. their humanity. And for preserving their memory. This is a book not only for historians, but for anybody interested in the 20th century in Europe and in two extraordinary lives. It is interesting and it stays with you for a long time after having finished reading it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Hunting the Truth:  Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld is the inspirational, well-documented story of the famous French activists. Their history is fascinating and moving. Nothing could stop these two from hunting the truth about Nazi war criminals. Nothing could discourage them from seeking justice for victims and survivors of unthinkable war crimes. Nothing could deter them from meticulously documenting lives lost--giving faces and voices to the victims of the Holocaust through personal lett Hunting the Truth:  Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld is the inspirational, well-documented story of the famous French activists. Their history is fascinating and moving. Nothing could stop these two from hunting the truth about Nazi war criminals. Nothing could discourage them from seeking justice for victims and survivors of unthinkable war crimes. Nothing could deter them from meticulously documenting lives lost--giving faces and voices to the victims of the Holocaust through personal letters, photographs, and drawings. They persevered through dense denial, consistent cover-ups, personal attacks, and deep prejudice. This is a portrait of courage and conviction. It’s a call to do more than we think we can. It's a call to do what we know is right. -Kathy G.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane Gabin

    This is fascinating history - and it is RECENT history, which is pretty terrifying. The book recounts the courageous work Serge and Beate Klarsfeld devoted to flushing out unpunished mastermind Nazis. These were not petty criminals, but architects and leaders of the Nazi program to overpower France nad to destroy its Jewish population. The Klarsfelds did not always get the cooperation they needed; even decades after the end of the war, they were threatened by highly placed sources. The book is t This is fascinating history - and it is RECENT history, which is pretty terrifying. The book recounts the courageous work Serge and Beate Klarsfeld devoted to flushing out unpunished mastermind Nazis. These were not petty criminals, but architects and leaders of the Nazi program to overpower France nad to destroy its Jewish population. The Klarsfelds did not always get the cooperation they needed; even decades after the end of the war, they were threatened by highly placed sources. The book is told from their alternating points of view. Fascinating reading!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Miller

    Heroine and hero. Beate Klarsfeld is a heroine and always will be. Her courage and determination are inspiring. She reminds me of a Polish woman equally as courageous, Irena Sendler. They share some of the same ideals, the same sense of right and wrong. Irena Sendler is Righteous Among the Nations. Beate did not save Jews during the Holocaust but she made certain their murderers paid for what they did. Her husband was pretty good too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Nenadov

    The true story of a French man from a Jewish family (whose father died in the holocaust) and a German woman (whose father fought for German in WWII) who hunted down Nazi war criminals. I found it a fascinating and engaging read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Meeker

    This book is incredible. I was deeply engrossed in the book and highly recommend. What a great read. 5 stars*****

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I am in awe of this amazing couple. Well worth the read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gregoire

    Beate et Serge Klarsfeld sont connus en France pour leur détermination et leur courage à dénoncer et poursuivre les méfaits des nazis

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen Epstein

    Great read.Exciting and instructive: http://artsfuse.org/170472/book-revie... Great read.Exciting and instructive: http://artsfuse.org/170472/book-revie...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana Marlatt

    The subject matter of this book was fascinating. Very interesting events and I appreciated learning about the life of the two investigators. The book was pretty long and dry in parts. The writing style was not my favorite, but I did enjoy the book overall…

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shaland

    3.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Del Allwood-Soden

    Remarkable story..

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    Kathy

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    Miriam

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    BroomreadsFrenglish

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  22. 4 out of 5

    marie reid

  23. 5 out of 5

    serge steinlauf

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Bru

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hays

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  27. 4 out of 5

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    Danielle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rainer6868

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adrien Descours

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