Hotel Bolivia by Leo Spitzer
The Culture of Memory in a Refuge From Nazism

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In the 1930s, thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe found refuge in Bolivia. Their story has been largely overlooked until now. Leo Spitzer--whose Viennese Jewish family arrived in La Paz in 1939--is a historian whose beautifully written book is a personal testament to the diverse cultures that shaped him and a haunting consideration of the way we make meaning out of the cultural baggage we carry wherever we go. 60 illustrations.

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Spitzer is a Professor of history at Darmouth College.
Published June 1, 1998 by Hill & Wang Pub. 234 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Beyond this, he engages in a series of reflections on “the contextualization of memory and the interdependence--and tension--between memory and history.” For example, after looking at his own wartime family photographs and listening to immigrants’ recollections of life in Bolivia, he observes tha...

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Bolivia, a haven to Nazi war criminals including Klaus Barbie, the infamous Gestapo chief of Lyon, France, was also an asylum for tens of thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Central and Eastern Europe.

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