Karen Gershon

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Karen Gershon, born Kaethe Loewenthal (1923 – 1993) was a German-born British writer and poet. She escaped to Britain in December 1938.

Her book We came as Children: A Collective Autobiography uses a number of testimonies of kindertransport to construct a single account.[1]

One of her best-known poems, I was not there, describes her feelings of guilt at not being there when her parents were murdered by the Nazis.

Works[edit]

UK

Poetry

  • THE RELENTLESS YEAR New Poets 1959, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1960
  • SELECTED POEMS Gollancz 1966
  • LEGACIES AND ENCOUNTERS Gollancz 1972
  • MY DAUGHTERS, MY SISTERS Gollancz 1975
  • COMING BACK FROM BABYLON Gollancz 1979
  • COLLECTED POEMS Macmillan, Papermac 1990
  • GRACE NOTES (with drawings by Stella Tripp), Happy Dragons Press, 2002

Non-Fiction

  • WE CAME AS CHILDREN London, Gollancz 1966, republished Macmillan, Papermac 1989
  • POSTSCRIPT: A Collective Account of the Lives of Jews in West Germany Since the Second World War Gollancz 1969
  • A LESSER CHILD (Autobiography, Vol.1) Peter Owen 1993

Fiction

  • BURN HELEN Harvester Press 1980
  • THE BREAD OF EXILE Gollancz 1985
  • THE FIFTH GENERATION Gollancz 1987

U.S.A.

  • WE CAME AS CHILDREN Harcourt Brace & World 1967
  • SELECTED POEMS Harcourt Brace & World 1967
  • A TEMPERED WIND (Autobiography, Vol.2, 1938–1943) Northwestern University Press 2009

Germany

  • WIR KAMEN ALS KINDER Alibaba Verlag 1988
  • DIE FÜNFTE GENERATION Alibaba Verlag 1988
  • DAS UNTERKIND Rowohlt 1992
  • MICH NUR ZU TRÖSTEN BESTIMMT Karin Fischer, Edition Roter Stein 2000

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Peter Lawson (2006): Anglo-Jewish Poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein. Pub. Vallentine Mitchell.
  • J. M. Ritchie, German-speaking Exiles in Great Britain, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2001, ISBN 90-420-1537-3.
  • Literary estate of Karen Gershon (see External Links).

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. M. Ritchie, work cited, page 4