A German Bachelor in New York (1964-1974)

by Gunter Nitsch



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/26/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 462
ISBN : 9781491837009
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 462
ISBN : 9781491836996
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 462
ISBN : 9781491836989

About the Book

A SINGULAR EDUCATION: A German Bachelor in New York (1964-1974) recounts the turbulent first decade that German-born author Gunter Nitsch spent in New York City. Fresh off the boat in April 1964 as an idealistic twenty-six-year-old confirmed bachelor with just $400 to his name and no prospects, his journey of discovery eventually takes him to elegant receptions and white tie events at fine hotels, as well as to a Head Start classroom in Harlem, to the home of an unrepentant Nazi on Staten Island, to a wild clothing optional party in Greenwich Village, to sit-ins at Hunter College, and even to a cockfight in the South Bronx. Along the way several people unexpectedly offer him help; many others insist on blaming him for World War II. With self-deprecating humor and the unique perspective of a recent German immigrant, A SINGULAR EDUCATION is set against a backdrop of the prejudices -- against African-Americans, Jews, anyone, in fact, considered "the other" -- that remained deeply ingrained in the American psyche at the time.

About the Author

Gunter Nitsch was born in Königsberg, East Prussia, in December 1937. By the time he was reunited with his father at the age of thirteen, he had lived in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and in both the Soviet-Occupied Zone and the British-Occupied Zone in Germany. After he came to the United States in 1964, he obtained a Bachelors degree from Hunter College and an MBA from Pace University while studying at night. For most of his professional life, he worked as a marketing consultant to American and German firms at the German American Chamber of Commerce, followed by eight years at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG in New York City. Since his retirement he has devoted his time to writing. He and his wife live in Chicago, Illinois.