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Travels in the Reich, 1933-1945: Foreign Authors Report from Germany (Paperback)

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Oliver Lubrich is professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Berne in Switzerland.

“Even now,” wrote Christopher Isherwood in his Berlin Diary of 1933, “I can’t altogether believe that any of this has really happened.” Three years later, W. E. B. DuBois described Germany as “silent, nervous, suppressed; it speaks in whispers.” In contrast, a young John F. Kennedy, in the journal he kept on a German tour in 1937, wrote, “The Germans really are too good—it makes people gang against them for protection.”

Drawing on such published and unpublished accounts from writers and public figures visiting Germany,Travels in the Reich creates a chilling composite portrait of the reality of life under Hitler. Written in the moment by writers such as Virginia Woolf, Isak Dinesen, Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Shirer, Georges Simenon, and Albert Camus, the essays, letters, and articles gathered here offer fascinating insight into the range of responses to Nazi Germany. While some accounts betray a distressing naivete, overall what is striking is just how clearly many of the travelers understood the true situation—and the terrors to come.

Through the eyes of these visitors, Travels in the Reich offers a new perspective on the quotidian—yet so often horrifying—details of German life under Nazism, in accounts as gripping and well-written as a novel, but bearing all the weight of historical witness.


ISBN 9780226006451
Genre HISTORY / Military / World War II
Format Paperback
Pages 379
Publisher Date 2012-09-27 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.16 lb
Language English
Subtitle Foreign Authors Report from Germany
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade

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