Anna Seghers: Überfahrt: Eine Liebesgeschichte [The Crossing: A Love Story]

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Anna Seghers’ novel Überfahrt. Eine Liebesgeschichte [Crossing: A Love Story, 1971] chronicles the life story of Ernst Triebel. Triebel left Germany for Brazil with his mother and father shortly before the so-called “Kristallnacht” (Night of the Long Knives), when the Nazis destroyed many Jewish shops, homes, and synagogues, and organized a brutal pogrom against Jews on 9 November 1938. He returned to East Germany with his father in 1946 where he studied internal medicine, a career that has situated him in the present narrative context of leaving Germany for a conference in Bahia and returning to Rostock by ship.

The title labels the book as a love story, and …

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Boney, Kristy. "Überfahrt: Eine Liebesgeschichte". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2007
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]