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Free download ê De utvalda 102 Ê In the middle of the 20th century Vienna began the transformation from post imperial oddity to a new sub imperial status as a satellite of Berlin under Nazi control Am Spiegelgrund clinic an institution in a garden suburb of the city was apparently well intentioned both a reform school for lost wayward boys and girls In the middle of the 20th century Vienna began the transformation from post imperial oddity to a new sub imperial status as a satellite of Berlin under Nazi control Am Spiegelgrund clinic an institution in a garden suburb of the city was apparently well intentioned both a reform school for lost wayward boys and girls and a clinic for chronically i. This novel is based upon real events although the characters are fictional The story unfolds through the testimony and memories of two main characters; Anna Katschenka a nurse and Adrian Ziegler who is a young boy at the time of events The book involves a care institution ‘Am Spiegelgrund’ in Vienna Although the clinic begins as a hospital for handicapped children as well as for those who are deemed to be in need of care through ‘wayward’ behaviour; under the years when Austria is governed by the National Socialist German war machine it is charged with the duty of ‘examining and assessing all mentally deviant children’ with ‘data’ collected for scientific study If that sounds ominous that is because it is as the author asks how a hospital which is meant to care for children turns into a place of experimentation and euthanasiaBoth the central characters offer a different perspective into events Anna Katschenka is a nurse for many years Responsible for her parents and with a marriage to a Jewish man which is frowned upon by the authorities she is unable to find work under the new regime So thankful is she at being offered a job at Spiegelgrund in 1941 especially with Doctor Jekelius a man she admires from afar as acting medical director that she asks no uestions In fact she is perfect material for a clinic which makes Anna profoundly uncomfortable What unfolds among the staff is a conspiracy of silence as the treatment of the children who arrive is called “part of a natural disinfection” process Meanwhile concerned parents – pathetic and trembling – try to press for answers and they haunt these pages as they haunt the corridors and spaces outside of the clinic in the bookAdrian Ziegler also arrives at the clinic in 1941 albeit not so willingly With a doubtful genetic heritage – his father labelled as a ‘gypsy’ – and a childhood filled with poverty minor misdemeanors and domestic abuse; Adrian finds himself ricocheting through a system of foster parents and children’s homes until he ends up at the doors of Spiegelgrund Although much of this book is upsetting and difficult to read about for example as Adrian is put on show in front of rows of students as the doctor uses a pointer to highlight his racial impurities as well as much worse there is also much humour about his character Adrian is a born survivor and as we know he is recounting his story from the beginning of the novel this is not a spoiler As just one boy his story represents the other countless stories that the reader just touch on – some deeply than othersThis novel asks difficult uestions and would be an ideal reading group choice It looks at love shame complicity secrets and conspiracies As the war unravels and the Russians approach the infrastructure of the country collapses and those involved with the clinic are accused The aftermath of war and of a policy which is utterly abhorrent is explored in this book How did this happen and why were only some held to account while others denied everything and evaded blame A thought provoking and interesting novel I found this disturbing and yet extremely readable Lastly I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review

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Berg author of the award winning The Emperor of Lies explores an intolerable chapter in Austria's past An absorbing overwhelming novel rich in incident and character The Chosen Ones is obliuely illuminated by the author's sharp sense of the absurd Passionately serious meticulously researched it is an invaluable case study of oppression and injusti. I hate giving bad reviews and to say I read this book is a bit of a lie as I only got about a third of the way through it before giving up something else I hate to do I can see it is well written the subject matter is interesting and I also acknowledge the amount of research involved However I simply struggled with the format and the density of the prose And there are too many other books that I want to read

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De utvaldaLl or malformed children However its doctors nurses and teachers created a monstrous parody of the institution's benign sounding brief as instructed by the Nazi regime's euthanasia programme devised to eliminate 'physically mentally and racially inferior stock' Through the eyes of an inmate Adrian Ziegler and a nurse Anna Katschenka Steve Sem Sand. I do feel really guilty about not finishing this book but I had got about a third of the way through and I just could not get into it at all The subject matter was so sad and the characters were in a heart breaking situation but the telling of the story was so so so slow I tried to persist as I hate to give in but I found myself thinking about tomorrows shopping and realised I had read a page and not a word had sunk in It would have been fascinating to fully know the story of the inmates of the Am Spiegelgrund clinic but the time it would have taken to get to the end of this ponderous tome was just not worth the effort The stories of Anna Katschenka a nurse and Adrian Ziegler a young boy who is an inmate of the clinic are so interesting and the author writes so well and describes the inmates and their surroundings so well and in great detail but maybe there is just too much detail it rambles a little The only way I can describe the way it made me feel is that it was like trying to eat crackers with no butter or cheese just to dry to manage to swallowI hate to give a negative review but I also have to be honest many people have given the book four and five stars so maybe it is just me