eu bookclub germany 2020


WHEN | Saturday, 26th September 2020 - 2pm

WHERE | The Book Club will be hosted online through Zoom, link will be provided by email after RSVP

RSVP | by e-mail at

HOW | You can borrow the book at the Vancouver library which has several copies, or buy it at Amazon or any other book store. 

WHAT | Organized by the Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany Vancouver in partnership with the European Union Cultural Institutes in Vancouver, the next appointment with the EU Book Club will be with the German novel: Belonging - A German Reckons With Home and History, written by Nora Krug

Nora Krug's story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its unspeakable atrocities and left her without a sense of cultural belonging. Yet Nora knew little about her own family’s involvement in the war: though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

In her late thirties, after twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child and young adult. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy. Her quest, spanning continents and generations, pieces together her family’s troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her generation. 

Natascha Daiminger Press, Cultural & Science Officer, German Consulate General Vancouver

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