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Man hills and growing up together But the boys live in a changing Germany Powerful delicate and daring Reunion is a story of the fragility and strength of the bonds between friends WITH AN AFTERWORD BY RACHEL SEIFFER. A strong and compelling novella on the friendship between two sixteen year old boys Jewish Hans Schwartz and Christian Konradin Graf von Hohenfel With the rise of Nazism Hans is uneasy and the butt of jokes by some of the students He does not engage but remains a recluse among his classmates except when Konradin joins their class The two eventually develop an unusual relationship because of their different backgrounds When Konradin is distant Hans interprets it for all the wrong kinds of reasons One of the beautiful aspects here is that they eventual communicate and clear up the misunderstandings It read like an allegory to the bigger picture if only there was communication rather than blame insinuation and hearsay Their bromance develops and as often happens with studious kids at 16 they have interesting discussions on culture backgrounds and some of the bigger uestions But Nazism is now at their doorstep and Hans parents insist he leave to America until things uiet down in Germany then he can return The friends say goodbye and Hans has a new life in an unknown country Then one day many years later when he has a family of his own and is a successful lawyer he is invited to attend a memorial for those classmates whose lives were lost back in Germany He is understandably resentful since there were many Nazi sympathizers but Hans discovers something astonishing about Konradin Suffice it to say without giving a spoiler Hans fell victim to his doubts and suspicions regarding his friend only to realize how wrong he wasIt s a sweet read on a melancholic tale

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Reunion is a little known novel But it is also a universal story of friendship It is a book of great power waiting to be discovered On a grey afternoon in 1932 a Stuttgart classroom is stirred by the arrival of a new. In 1932 Hans Schwarz son of a Stuttgart doctor and descendant of a long line of rabbis met a life changing friend Twenty five years later Hans described his friendship with Count Konradin von Hohenfelsthe source of my greatest happiness and of my greatest despair Konradin a new student at Karl Alexander Gymnasium in Stuttgart had a self assured bearing and an aristocratic air The Hohenfels were part of our historyonly a foot or two away sat a member of this illustrious familyeverything about him aroused my curiosityHans and Konradin were both uiet by nature and were not friended by the other students Hans wondered how to engage Konradin The opportunity arose when Hans brought some of his coin collection to school While Konradin was welcomed at Hans s house and freuented it several times weekly invites to Konradin s house were only extended when his parents were away A framed photo of Hitler was displayed on a bedroom dresserAs Germany barrelled toward war the friendship of two sixteen year old boys was doomed Konradin s mother felt Jews didn t exist for her people they were lower than the serfs The Schwarz family however had lived in Stuttgart for at least two hundred years Hans s father said I am an assimilantI want to be identified with GermanyIn Reunion by Fred Uhlman Hans remembers his special friendship with Konradin from twenty five years ago The historical fiction novella although a mere one hundred page one sitting read definitely packs a punch The ending left me tearful and breathless This tome is a must read

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Comer Middle class Hans is intrigued by the aristocratic new boy Konradin and before long they become best friends It s a friendship of the greatest kind of shared interests and long conversations of hikes in the Ger. Reunion is just about the perfect novella In merely 74 pages Fred Uhlman captured the blossoming of an adolescent friendship the end of childhood and the darkness cast by political and social realities of life in Stuggart Germany just before Hitler s rise to power Looking back thirty years the narrator Hans Schwarz son of a Jewish doctor recalls how at age sixteen he had sought the friendship of Konradin Graf von Hohenfels a distinguished young count from an illustrious and powerful German family Of their first meeting on a grey dark winter s day in a grammar school Hans says He came into my life in February 1932 and never left it again These words take on greater poignancy when considered in light of the devastating changes that are to follow For Hans this boy was to be the source of my greatest happiness and greatest despair In his precise and tender prose Ulhman gave utterance to the beauty of friendship as it unfolds for these two boys each lonely in his own way It calls touchingly to mind that phase in adolescence when the need to belong and find acceptance is most pronounced and youths are given to romantic ideals of friendship that demand complete trust loyalty and self sacrifice It is wonderful to share the joys of a young friendship But the winds are changing as Hitler s influence begins to permeate every corner of German life Ulhman deliberately kept the political complexities in the background In the foreground Hans and Konradin s friendship bears the brunt of Hitler s disdain and persecution of the Jewish people This novella is than just a Bildungsroman It is a sterling testament of brotherly affection love courage and integrity Nowhere in this novella is this powerfully expressed than in the closing sentence It left me on the verge of tears I sat uietly for a long while and pondered why this story is titled Reunion And then I finally understood Read Reunion Ian McEwan hailed it A masterpiece of elegant economyIt is a brilliant work of art that deserves a far wider readership I cannot say it any better


10 thoughts on “Reunion by Fred Uhlman

  1. says:

    I read this book yesterday while I was in the hospital during my prep wait before surgery under a blow up blanket with toasty warm air wearing those cute hospital socks and a hospital gown This is such a tiny ‘thin’ attractive sweet looking book vintage 74 pages 80 when including the ‘Afterword’ it fit inside my mini shoulder crossb

  2. says:

    In 1932 Hans Schwarz son of a Stuttgart doctor and descendant of a long line of rabbis met a life changing friend Twenty five years later Hans described his friendship with Count Konradin von Hohenfelsthe source o

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    🇬🇧 It takes an hour and a half to read this little pearl Highly recommended At any ageI was enchanted by Uhlman's writing his descriptions of landscapes and feelings I felt sucked into the story and I saw the events in front of my eyes as realPs I think the last sentence is one of the most powerful of meaning in the books I read this year————🇮🇹 Basta un’ora e mezza per leggere uesta piccola perla Consiglia

  4. says:

    Reunion is just about the perfect novella In merely 74 pages Fred Uhlman captured the blossoming of an adolescent friendship the end of childhood and the darkness cast by political and social realities of life in Stuggart Germany just before Hitler’s rise to power Looking back thirty years the narrator Hans Schwarz son of a Jewish doctor recalls how at age sixteen he had sought the friendship of Konradin Graf

  5. says:

    I spent ages hesitating about how to rate this book It’s an amazing novella beautifully written beautifully crafted The story is very simple and straightforward but it reaches the reader amidst a web of complex feelings Fo

  6. says:

    I was awestruck when I finished this book for the first time back when I was fourteen It's a lovely story

  7. says:

    A strong and compelling novella on the friendship between two sixteen year old boys Jewish Hans Schwartz and Christian Konradin Graf von Hohenfel With the rise of Nazism Hans is uneasy and the butt of jokes by some of the students He does not engage but remains a recluse among his classmates except when Konradin joins t

  8. says:

    First published in the early 1970s Reunion has recently been reissued and promoted as the next great undiscovered classic after Sto

  9. says:

    About the PlotThe background is Stuttgart Germany of 1930s The time of Nazi rise to power The main protagonists in this novella are two sixteen year old boys a Jew and a German Protestant Christian Enough for hints I think you guessed the story right But that does not say everything Read the novel to feel it The

  10. says:

    On the front of the edition I was reading from 1983 there is the uoted recommendation from Jeffrey Archer ' A wonderful experience

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