I Shall Bear Witness

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226756

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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A publishing sensation, the publication of Victor Klemperer's diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. 'A classic ... Klemperer's diary deserves to rank alongside that of Anne Frank's' SUNDAY TIMES 'I can't remember when I read a more engrossing book' Antonia Fraser 'Not dissimilar in its cumulative power to Primo Levi's, is a devastating account of man's inhumanity to man' LITERARY REVIEW The son of a rabbi, Klemperer was by 1933 a professor of languages at Dresden. Over the next decade he, like other German Jews, lost his job, his house and many of his friends. Klemperer remained loyal to his country, determined not to emigrate, and convinced that each successive Nazi act against the Jews must be the last. Saved for much of the war from the Holocaust by his marriage to a gentile, he was able to escape in the aftermath of the Allied bombing of Dresden and survived the remaining months of the war in hiding. Throughout, Klemperer kept a diary. Shocking and moving by turns, it is a remarkable and important account.

I Shall Bear Witness

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Christian converts from Judaism

Page: 538

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The diaries of a Jew in Nazi Germany; the most important documnet to emerge from the period since the publication of The Diary Of Anne Frank.The first of two volumes, this covers the period from Hitler's election to the beginning of the holocaust.

I Will Bear Witness, Volume 2

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0399589082

Category: History

Page: 576

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Destined to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night as one of the great classics of the Holocaust, I Will Bear Witness is a timeless work of literature, the most eloquent and acute testament to have emerged from Hitler's Germany. Volume Two begins in 1942, the year the Final Solution was formally proposed, and carries us through to the Allied bombing of Dresden and Germany's defeat.

I Will Bear Witness: 1942-1945

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 584

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A second volume of the author's remarkable firsthand account of life in Nazi Germany chronicles the worst years of the war, including the bombing of Dresden and his escape from deportation to a Jewish concentration camp by advancing American troops. 50,000 first printing.

Mimesis

Author: Erich Auerbach

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature

Page: 532

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I Will Bear Witness, Volume 1

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0399589074

Category: History

Page: 544

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The publication of Victor Klemperer's secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period. "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." I Will Bear Witness is a work of literature as well as a revelation of the day-by-day horror of the Nazi years. A Dresden Jew, a veteran of World War I, a man of letters and historian of great sophistication, Klemperer recognized the danger of Hitler as early as 1933. His diaries, written in secrecy, provide a vivid account of everyday life in Hitler's Germany. What makes this book so remarkable, aside from its literary distinction, is Klemperer's preoccupation with the thoughts and actions of ordinary Germans: Berger the greengrocer, who was given Klemperer's house ("anti-Hitlerist, but of course pleased at the good exchange"), the fishmonger, the baker, the much-visited dentist. All offer their thoughts and theories on the progress of the war: Will England hold out? Who listens to Goebbels? How much longer will it last? This symphony of voices is ordered by the brilliant, grumbling Klemperer, struggling to complete his work on eighteenth-century France while documenting the ever- tightening Nazi grip. He loses first his professorship and then his car, his phone, his house, even his typewriter, and is forced to move into a Jews' House (the last step before the camps), put his cat to death (Jews may not own pets), and suffer countless other indignities. Despite the danger his diaries would pose if discovered, Klemperer sees it as his duty to record events. "I continue to write," he notes in 1941 after a terrifying run-in with the police. "This is my heroics. I want to bear witness, precise witness, until the very end." When a neighbor remarks that, in his isolation, Klemperer will not be able to cover the main events of the war, he writes: "It's not the big things that are important, but the everyday life of tyranny, which may be forgotten. A thousand mosquito bites are worse than a blow on the head. I observe, I note, the mosquito bites." This book covers the years from 1933 to 1941. Volume Two, from 1941 to 1945, will be published in 1999.

A Study Guide for Victor Klemperer's "I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years,1933-1945"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410349020

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 24

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A Study Guide for Victor Klemperer's "I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years,1933-1945," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Nonfiction Classics for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Nonfiction Classics for Students for all of your research needs.

I Will Bear Witness: 1933-1941

Author: Victor Klemperer

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 548

View: 9652


Providing a vivid portrait of the everyday horrors of Nazi Germany, the secret journals of the acclaimed German-Jewish historian offer a definitive account of the rise of Nazism, the current events of the era, the progess of the war, Hitler, and the nightmare of his Jewish life during World War II. 50,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker.