Welcome to Mailbox Monday – hosted this month by Avis at She Reads and Reads.
Each week readers share the contents of their mailboxes and then link up in one place.
This week I only got one book – but it looks like a good one!
Other Press sent me a copy of The Witness House by Christiane Kohl (translated from the German by Anthea Bell). Due for release tomorrow, this non fiction book looks at the autumn of 1945 at the start of the Nuremberg trials, in which high ranking representatives of the Nazi government were called to account for their war crimes. Witnesses for the prosecution and the defense were housed together in a villa on the outskirts of town. In this so-called Witness House, perpetrators and victims confronted each other in a microcosm that reflected the events of the high court. In her book, Christiane Kohl focuses on the guilty, the sympathizers, the undecided, and those who always manage to make themselves fit in; and in so doing, reveals the social structures that allowed a cruel and unjust regime to flourish. Read an excerpt.
Christiane Kohl has worked as a correspondent to the Cologne Express, a press officer for the Environment Ministry in Hessen, and an editor with Der Spiegel. She worked for several years in Rome for Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung and is currently the newspaper’s correspondent for eastern Germany. Her book, Der Jude und Das Mädchen (2002), was the basis of Joseph Vilsmaier’s feature film Leo and Claire. She lives in Dresden.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see a Mailbox Monday post for several weeks now – Kip is arriving in New Hampshire at the end of this week, and then we’ll be eventually heading back west again which means books that arrive in California won’t be cataloged until we get home!
What great books arrived at YOUR home this week?