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Stella by Takis Würger : The burden of truth

in The end, as you are once again very close, but also already on the verge of separating, as he is about to leave Nazi-Berlin, and know what is for a debt Stella gold dash to the store ready to tried the I-narrator, Friedrich, the essence of his friend trace. Your many roles in which it is hatched, "the Nude model, the singer with the thin voice, the beauty in my bathtub, the penitent, the liar, the victim, the perpetrator".

as the Hero in Takis Strangler's novel "Stella" asks, what role in the life of his girlfriend/wife is actually the load-bearing, should puzzles a lot of people when mentioning the Name Stella gold strike first: Who is or was? Although it is a book was the beginning of the nineties, over from one of your classmates who researched her life and she had personally met, Peter Wyden, a resulting filtered "mirror"series, a documentary, and three years ago, even a Musical in the Neuköllner Opera in Berlin, the gold strike Name, and life is not particularly well-known.

What may be due to the fact that Stella gold dash represents the Evil. Especially from one side, with the help of this Evil in the times of national socialism is associated: of the Victims, the Jewish. Gold strike, was born in 1922, the only daughter of a concert singer Toni gold strike and her husband Gerhard, a journalist, composer and conductor, from 1943 to 1945, a so-called Greiferin. You are betrayed to the Gestapo in hiding Jewish fellow citizens, that this could be interned or deported. Their alleged Motivation at the beginning: your parents keep in front of the Transport to a concentration camp. Although Stella gold strike failed, she worked until the end of the war as a Greiferin.

Shrike has taken fictional liberties

But how can such a contradictory people? How a life to tell? A life has a history (including a family that assimilated and have probably thought), and after the Second world war, turbulent and tragic, continued, with a conviction to ten years in prison, the gold strike in various institutions in the Soviet zone of occupation and served, with multiple marriages and the 1994 suicide ended. Shrike focuses on the year 1942 in which you will not be noticed because of their appearance with blond hair and blue eyes in Berlin as a Jew. In the novel, you can already in this year of the Gestapo, to betray a Jewish passport forger. Gestapo Collaborator, she was however, not until 1943, after the so-called factory action, when she escaped, and the subsequent encounter with her second husband, Rolf, Isaac, son.

in 1985, lower Saxony, Hohenhameln-born "mirror"Reporter Takis Würger, which debuted two years ago with "The Club" as a novelist quite successful, took for his second novel fictional liberties. Most of all, he starts with a fictional character, who is born in the same year as a young Jewish woman, and in the vicinity of lake Geneva in a Grand-bourgeois ambience of growing up: that Frederick, whose mother is not only an alcoholic but also a fervent Nazi supporter. Friedrich, it pulls with the 20 years after Berlin. He had heard, to live as the stable boy at home awesome by the Berlin night, talking, of the many drugs, and also that there were cars in the German capital, in the furniture, the Jews picked up on it and remove it.

she loves the treats, giving him / her a SS-myrmidon

Shrike Hero of this night want to get to know life – and he wants to investigate the rumors about the Jews in the transports. He is looking for juvenile Truth, this motif runs through the entire novel. In Berlin, he learns Stella know, called Kristin, and falls in love with her. He experienced it as a Model for aspiring artist, as a singer in a night club; he noted how impressed she is of the ambience in which he or the Adlon modeled after the Grand Hotel is descended, on the Pariser Platz. And how she loves the pleasures of the SS myrmidon Tristan von Appen.

Takis Würger, quickly tried, apparently, to the Urban, Decadent, Wicked Berlin to capture, with sayings from billboards, scenes in a jazz club, or the apartment of Appens with a French housekeeper and cheese and wine imports. "Berlin was loud," it says.

of Course, it is debatable whether you can transfer the Berlin of the twenties easily in the war time. And if this is the ideal access to a character like Stella gold dash, to biography their origin and gripper on the inside. On the other hand, there's this other side of gold strike, the trial, its origin and the Victim write-UPS to escape to, a jazz singer to embark on indoor career in the United States, to lead a life in the fast Lane. It was probably to some ready.

to his story within a story with Stella and Frederick to focus on the moral Dilemma, in the Friedrich unit, Shrike make his novel to a monthly time of the year 1942. Briefly, he is madness and brutality of the Nazi dictatorship, of the national socialist everyday life and the war (between the births of Paul McCartney, Roger Chapman, Cassius Clay, and Wolfgang Schäuble are, however, displayed, for whatever reason).

witness statements are in italics in

mounted on The other, he has assembled testimonies and cases of the gold shock, betrayed Jews in his narrative, as the italicized passages are excerpts from the negotiations of the Soviet military Tribunal on gold strike. She answers because in the end, at the 8. In March 1946, on the question of their guilt, "that is the only fault and the only crime that I committed was that I made myself as a Jew in a foreign service of the Gestapo". By this comment loose indentation it creates Shrike, to keep his novel slim and tight. This is his language, his craftsmanship, and with him the Reporter Often comments. Since he is considered then arg on the effect with the last crisp sets from individual chapters or paragraphs. He writes: "It was the time of the exclamation point" – but he uses this self-like with a pronounced sense of due and single motifs on target again receiving sets.

The preference of his Stella-the story is in the character of their doubtful-weak-ambivalent narrator ("I had come to this country, because I had wished that the strength of Germany skips on me"), love is gentle, and sometimes blind. After all, Friedrich doubt whether it is right or wrong, "to betray a people in order to save another", without being able to decide, Yes whether in the case of the many lies anything that remains of the love.

Also Peter Wyden asked in his book about gold strike: "What would I have done in Stella's Situation? It is only a happy coincidence that I haven't been in front of the same decision?“ Takis Strangler's Hero of the truth has come much closer. The own truth about her life, has taken Stella gold dash to the grave.

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Takis Würger: Stella. novel. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2018. 220 pages, 22 euros.

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