Pushing Time Away: My Grandfather and the Tragedy of Jewish Vienna

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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"What binds us pushes time away," wrote David Oppenheim to his future wife, Amalie Pollak, on March 24, 1905. Oppenheim, classical scholar, collaborator and then critic of Sigmund Freud, and friend and supporter of Alfred Adler, lived through the heights and depths of Vienna's twentieth-century intellectual and cultural history. He perished in obscurity at a Nazi concentration camp in 1943. More than fifty years later, philosopher Peter Singer set out to explore the life of the grandfather he never knew.

Combining touching family biography with thoughtful reflection on both personal and public questions we face today, Pushing Time Away captures critical moments in Europe's transition from Belle Époque to the Great War, to the rise of Fascism, and the coming of World War II.

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Singer's grandfather, David Oppenheim, died in the Thieresienstadt ghetto in 1942, his ashes dumped, with those of 1800 others, in the river. Singer has commemorated his grandfather's life with this ... Read full review

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The focus of this book is Singer's Austrian grandpa, David Oppenheim, who taught in a 'gymnasium' (high school) and was a member of Freud's circle. Singer's parents fled to Australia, but his ... Read full review

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Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

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