In the Life Writing Series, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
publishes life writing and new life-writing criticism in order to
promote autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and
testimonials written and/or told by women and men whose political,
literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives.
The Green Sofa
Natascha Würzbach grew up an only child in an unconventional
household in wartime Germany. The Green Sofa covers her childhood
youth, from 1936 to 1956, offering a perspective on the everyday
and historical developments in Germany through the war years and
the time of prosperity that followed.
Nazi political and racist policies deprived her scholarly
of the German Nietzsche Society in 1919of his livelihood in
the culture division of Radio Bavaria. He took on the role of
and in so doing discovered the joys of caring for and educating
his inquisitive preschool daughter. Her mother, an exponent of
expressionist dance, supported the family through her work in an
service troupe that entertained German soldiers on the eastern
fronta connection that probably saved the family from more than one
run-in with the Gestapo.
The eponymous green sofa is a cherished piece of furniture that
the family from their home in Munich to their exile in the
countryside following the bombing of the city. Through carefree
days reading stories with her father and the years of family life
the smallest of their refuges, it represents for the author a
symbol of reassuring
constancy amid change.
The book’s epilogue presents a retrospective on Würzbach’s father
and his long-hidden struggle as an unrelenting anti-Nazi. To
family’s precarious well-being through the Hitler years, he
and even denied, his Jewish heritage.
Other books in the series