Book Nook: Des Bischofs Kleid, by Luisa Lang Owen
In 2003 Luisa Lang Owen appeared on the program to discuss her memoir "Casualty of War: A Childhood Remembered." After World War Two ended and the Germans were defeated many members of the German ethnic minority in Yugoslavia were placed in concentration camps by Marshall Tito's victorious partisans. Luisa Lang Owen was one of those internees. She was only a child and the painful memories of the experience are at the heart of her memoir.
Her new book, "Des Bischofs Kleid," is a bookend in a way to the previous book. This collection of the author's poems written in German are illustrated with woodcuts by the artist Robert Hammerstiel. Owen's poems and these potent woodcuts form a powerful tribute to the victims of this mostly forgotten postwar example of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia.
In 2003 I interviewed Luisa about her memoir for C-Span's Book TV. Here's a link to the video of our conversation: http://www.c-span.org/video/?