Prague winter : a personal story of remembrance and war, 1937-1948 /

by Albright, Madeleine Korbel; Woodward, William.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Harper, ©2012Edition: First edition.Description: x, 467 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062030313 (hardback) :; 0062030310 (hardback).Title notes: $29.99 4-2012 (db)Subject(s): Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1938-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Czechoslovakia | Albright, Madeleine Korbel -- Family | Albright, Madeleine Korbel -- Childhood and youth | Jewish families -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Biography | Prague (Czech Republic) -- Biography | Prague (Czech Republic) -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Czech Republic -- Prague | Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1918-1968 | Albright, Madeleine Korbel -- Family | Albright, Madeleine Korbel | Prague (Czech Republic) -- Biography | Prague (Czech Republic) -- History -- 20th century
Contents:
Setting out -- Part one: before March 15, 1939 -- An unwelcome guest -- Tales of Bohemia -- The competition -- The linden tree -- A favorable impression -- Out from behind the mountains -- "We must go on being cowards" -- A hopeless task -- Part two: April 1939-April 1942 -- Starting over -- Occupation and resistance -- The lamps go out -- The irresistible force -- Fire in the sky -- The alliance comes together -- The crown of Wenceslas -- Part three: May 1942-April 1945 -- Day of the assassins -- Auguries of genocide -- Terezin -- The bridge too far -- Cried-out eyes -- Doodlebugs and gooney birds -- Hitler's end -- Part four: May 1945-November 1948 -- No angels -- Unpatched -- A world big enough to keep us apart -- A precarious balance -- Struggle for a nation's soul -- A failure to communicate -- The fall -- Sands through the hour-glass -- The next chapter -- Guide to personalities -- Time lines.
Summary: From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. Publisher's description.
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<p>Drawing on her own memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly-available documents, former US Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring.</p> <p>Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright's life was shaken by some of the most cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Battle of Britain, the attempted genocide of European Jewry, the allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. </p> <p>In Prague Winter, Albright reflects on her discovery of her family's Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland's tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exile leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong. </p> <p>Prague Winter is an exploration of the past with timeless dilemmas in mind, a journey with universal lessons that is simultaneously a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history. It serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past, as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures. Albright and her family's experiences provide an intensely human lens through which to view the most political and tumultuous years in modern history.</p>

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War. Publisher's description.

Setting out -- Part one: before March 15, 1939 -- An unwelcome guest -- Tales of Bohemia -- The competition -- The linden tree -- A favorable impression -- Out from behind the mountains -- "We must go on being cowards" -- A hopeless task -- Part two: April 1939-April 1942 -- Starting over -- Occupation and resistance -- The lamps go out -- The irresistible force -- Fire in the sky -- The alliance comes together -- The crown of Wenceslas -- Part three: May 1942-April 1945 -- Day of the assassins -- Auguries of genocide -- Terezin -- The bridge too far -- Cried-out eyes -- Doodlebugs and gooney birds -- Hitler's end -- Part four: May 1945-November 1948 -- No angels -- Unpatched -- A world big enough to keep us apart -- A precarious balance -- Struggle for a nation's soul -- A failure to communicate -- The fall -- Sands through the hour-glass -- The next chapter -- Guide to personalities -- Time lines.

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Library Journal Review

Most people are aware of the result of the Munich agreement in 1938. Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelova), the first female U.S. secretary of state, provides a deeper account of the Czech Republic's road to independence. From Prague to the Terezin concentration camp (where many of her Jewish relatives perished) to the "winter" of the republic's existence as it endured the dictatorships of the Nazis and then the Communists, Albright details the situations and personalities prominent in this struggle. Though born only the year before the Munich agreement, Albright, the child of a Czech diplomat, has distinct insights into the moral dilemmas confronted by her countrymen. She spent the war in London with the exiled government and provides her childhood impressions of the Blitz. VERDICT Although categorized as a memoir, this book represents history made moreÅvivid by Albright's personal perspective. It serves as a remembrance of the personalities who defined this era, including her father and other Czech democrats who helped create the independent republic after World War I. The accessible style and inclusion of notes and timelines make this an excellent addition to any library. Recommended to all who enjoy reading history from a personal perspective. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/11.]-Maria Bagshaw, Elgin Community Coll. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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