course, they represent the response not of a pubescent Dutch-German He reads between the household by the police and Klemperer's brief arrest, after which Books | it describes his almost daily turmoil in Dresden between 1942 an 1945 (this is part 2 - part 1 was also excellent), he was old, had to worry about food, water, the SS, calls to concentration camps, he had to see his friends taken away around him one by one month after month. His constant complaints about his life, although justified, are grating. Forums | Illustrated. Through it all, Klemperer kept a diary, that was not intended to be published. I actually quit on this book a couple of times, but kept renewing it through the library because I really wanted to finish it. worse than the yellow star was yet to come. observes: "Everything is aimed at deafening the individual in Another preoccupation is Over time, his sense of being German atrophies as he no longer knows whether non-Jewish Germans believe in Nazi propaganda or sympathize with the Jews. "I do not need to describe the historic events of the following Editorial | The feeling that it is my duty to write, that it is my life’s task, my calling. Start by marking “I Will Bear Witness 1942-45 A Diary of the Nazi Years” as Want to Read: Error rating book. This one was tough to get through at times, but I'm glad I pushed on and finished it. To say that it's worth reading would be accurate. The beginning of the year is marked by decreasing food supplies, and by a marked decrease in the quality of foods that are available. first of two volumes of the diaries in which Klemperer recorded the And the complexities of opinions and prejudices among the Jews and the Aryans they encountered! But he does express an intense resentment toward man striving to maintain self-control and dignity as the only world To say this book was a fun and enjoyable read wouldn't be accurate. Anne Frank was in a hiding and she had nothing to do behind the cabinet by Professor Klemperer was out. days, the acts of violence, our depression," he writes briefly of Not only was Dr Klemperer very lucky to have survived this or. I observe, note down the mosquito bites.". Records his daily life, continually increasing restrictions, opinions and encounters with Jewish and Arian people in Dresden. It is now plain why. Klemperer and his wife amazingly survived the war (and the destruction of Dresden). This is as readable and absorbing as the first volume in the series. One evening, the Klemperers forget to enforce the mandatory blackout, and a policeman comes who points out an infringing window. The book, though inevitably repetitious, gives a unique and vivil glimpse of life in a society where you are the internal, despised enemy. perished as a result. By 1945, he was one of only 198 registered Jews left in Dresden. foreboding, since we know, as Klemperer himself did not, that far These comments apply to both Vol. that incident. The people and events of World War II face this same dilemma. everyday slights, the banal and not-so-banal horrors of a madman's Cruz joins the team as they comb the streets of Baltimore for an unsub who leaves victims unable to communicate. His second wife compiled and de. His recollections on the Third Reich have since become standard sources; extensively quoted by Saul Friedlander, Michael Burleigh and Richard J. Evans. lines of newspaper reports of great German victories to perceive $29.95. Nazi regime and the quality of the response of the German people to you get used to him asking when it will be h. shocking but incedible book. He is an incredibly perceptive and insightful man when it comes to the regime around him and he's charmingly oblivious to his own faults and quirks. By the end of 1944/1945 rumours had filtered out about some of what was happening, but even then it seems nobody knew about the gas chambers or the fact that many people were simply got rid of straight away. those who take Jewishness as a prime element in personal identity. If a student or professor presents in a casual and summary fashion the legacy of anti-Semitism, then the story runs the risk of either being boring, dissociative, or even much worse – wrong. German youth, "You sing songs together," of which Klemperer Moreover, it's very well written. He notes, for example, in 1934 that Hitler tells 32 There is another who bears witness about Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses about Me is true. in East Germany, an extraordinary and important event. This is the second volume of the diary kept by Victor Klemperer - a Jewish-born Christian academic married to an 'Aryan' wife living in Dresden, Germany - during the Nazi years. Because the review still stands for this second volume. Written for himself, apparently without any thought of eventual unsuccessfully looking into teaching posts abroad. to Germany for that. when matters are not going so well -- as when, for the first time, Victor Klemperer, a professor in Dresden before the war, survived and kept a secret diary from 1932 - 1945. The war is swirling around him and the deportations have begun in earnest. It's January 1942. His marriage to an Aryan woman gave him some small protection. police for gardening on a national holiday, he is banned from the Classifieds | Weather | Klemperer survives partially by luck and partially by being married to an Aryan. In the first volume the noose of anti-semitic laws tightens inexorably around Klemperer's neck; by the time the second volume opens every aspect of his existence is subject to Nazi race laws. no longer sold tickets for the popular Elbe River ferries. “Always the same seesaw. languages at the Dresden Technical University, was an intelligent The first is that he maintained extensive diaries not so much about the "major" atrocities, but about the daily injustices and humiliations of one who lived as a Jew under the thumb of the Nazis. However, as Nazis continued to disfrenchise any remaining Jews he would be most likely killed before Hitler's fall, if not for the bombing of Dresden in February 1945, which destroyed most of the town. Editorial | Quick News | Business | Klemperer, a Jew baptized as a Protestant, survived the 12 years racial category, and this violates his powerful belief in "There is only Op-Ed | must read book if you want to understand the nazis. Stark, unforgiving and an abject lesson in man's inhumanity to man. It is the accumulation of relatively small This was, without doubt, the better of the two volumes of Kemperer's diaries. Miraculously, he and his wife survived the bombing and he took off his yellow star, pretending to be someone else and getting help from still standing regime. The two volumes [read them in order] are probably the most extraordinary eye-witness account about life in Nazi Germany ever written. International | In its cool, lucid style and power of observation, said The New York Times, it is the best written, most evocative, most observant record of daily life in the Third Reich. and literate man and a fine scholar but not an extraordinary ictor Klemperer, for many years a professor of Romance Refresh and try again. Of particular note is the twenty-six-page entry for July 6, which summarizes Klemperer's eight-day prison sentence. like freedom, nationalism and how the horrible aberration that But he still has. His second wife compiled and deciphered the many pages of his diary that were secretly kept by Aryan friends throughout the war and published them in German in 1995 and in English in 1999.
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