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By Edward Timms

How was once it attainable for a well-educated state to aid a regime that made it a criminal offense to imagine for your self? This was once the major query for the Stuttgart-based writer Anna Haag (1888–1982), the democratic feminist whose anti-Nazi diaries are analysed during this e-book. Like Victor Klemperer, she deconstructed German political propaganda day-to-day, giving her critique a gendered concentration through demanding the ethos of masculinity that sustained the Nazi regime. This pioneering learn translates her diaries, secretly written in twenty notebooks now preserved on the Stuttgart urban Archive, as a desirable resource for the learn of lifestyle within the 3rd Reich. the hole sections comic strip the paradigms that formed Haag’s creativity, analysing the impression of the 1st global warfare and the feminist and pacifist commitments that inspired her literary and journalistic writings. wide quotations from the diaries are supplied, with English translations, to demonstrate her responses to the cataclysms that the increase of Hitler, from the army conquests and Jewish deportations to the devastation of strategic bombing. The ebook concludes with a bankruptcy that strains the hyperlinks among Haag’s critique of army tyranny and her contribution to post-war reconstruction.

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Her writings found a further home in the Nürtinger Tagblatt, including a series of short stories: ‘Die Erbin’ (The Heiress) on 22 June 1925, ‘Verschüttet’ (Buried) on 18 August 1925, ‘Die Mutter’ (The Mother) on 4 December 1925 and ‘Die Pfingstbowle’ (The Whitsun Libation) on 22 May 1926. 7 Such five-finger exercises prepared the ground for her first major work. Drawing on childhood memories, she composed the sequence of vivid episodes that make up her autobiographical novel, Die vier Roserkinder: Geschichten aus einem Waldschulhaus (The Four Roser Children: Tales from a Forest Schoolhouse, 1926).

Exposé vorlegen’; cf.  202. My thanks are due to Professor Appelbaum for giving me access to German-language transcripts of Tänzer’s original diaries. ‘Besuch bei Excell. v.  214. Fighting for the Fatherland 33 casualties. As the war entered its third year the need to find a scapegoat for the shortages and sufferings triggered a resurgence of antisemitism. Jewish profiteers were allegedly enriching themselves at home while German soldiers were bleeding to death at the Front. In a misguided attempt to check such rumours the High Command instituted a census to ascertain whether Jews were indeed shirking their duties.

A letter signed by General von Mackensen had the desired effect, and in April 1918 Anna and the children were reunited with a husband and father whom they barely recognized. The family had to endure further hardships, including food shortages, as the war dragged on. Indeed, Albert was about to be drafted to fight on the Macedonian front when the collapse of the Central Powers put an end to hostilities. 9 The Haags had learnt the lessons of war at first hand: the impact of aerial bombing and sufferings of refugees, the ordeals of deportation and the ravages of disease, the anguish of bereavement and humiliations of ultimate defeat.

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