"The Ground Under My Feet is a wonderful book, beautifully written. It has more history in it than most historians give us."
-- GRACE PALEY
"Kollisch leads the reader into the picturesque world of American socialism during the early forties. It is almost a literary time capsule which is being opened before our eyes ... [Her] search for socialism was at the same a search for the self ... Kollisch writes this story of her early adult life with wit and wisdom, with irony and sincerity, an exemplary memoir of a movement which also moves the reader."
-- WORLD LITERATURE TODAY
THE GROUND UNDER MY FEET
In autobiographical stories and essays, Eva Kollisch, rescued in childhood from the Nazis by a Kindertransport, deals with the themes of anti-Semitism, uprooting, outsiderdom, and search for community.
She unflinchingly traces the marks which persecution and exclusion leave on the mind and soul. There is also at the end a note of joy, when the author finds friendship with three childhood Austrian classmates she had once considered her enemies.
A young woman's story set in the United States where no battles take place. The author, a retired professor of German language and literature, came to the U.S. as a teenager, fleeing Hitler. In a search of belonging and rational understanding of the world, she joined a small left-wing political party and spent the war years experimenting with Marxism, factory work, making love, getting married, running away, and learning about the limits and depths of friendship.