By Mary Fulbrook
The 3rd variation of A heritage of Germany lines the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany because 1918.
- bargains a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history
- Treats German heritage from 1918-2008 from the point of view of department and reunification, overlaying East and West German historical past in equivalent depth
- Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and armed forces aggression within the Nazi period, the department of the country within the chilly conflict, and the cave in of communist East Germany and unification in 1990
- re-creation contains updates all through, specially masking the Nazi interval and the Holocaust; a brand new bankruptcy on Germany because the Nineties; and a considerably revised and up-to-date bibliography
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As far as my father was concerned, the name produced at least one brief moment of glory for him, as it had also for me after Austria’s Anschluss. In his case, this happened when, before all of us went into exile, he had to make a business trip to Berlin. To his huge surprise, he found detachments of police and ‘SA’ storm troopers drawn up for his VIP reception. This was naturally and, to general embarrassment, speedily called off. In retrospect, it must have seemed like a scene from Charlie Chaplin’s satirical film The Great Dictator, and confirmed how easy it was to make fun of the pompously strutting Nazis.
Then, in August 1934, Hindenburg died, leaving the Führer in sole command. One of Hitler’s cleverest, most diabolical innovations was his ability to rally those behind him who, without agreeing with him, shared bits of his ideology. These were the patriots and German nationalists, the Jew haters in the Christian churches, and the Liberals, intellectuals and academics who felt that Hitler was completing the work of the French Revolution as far as fraternité and égalité were concerned. Thus, his particular mix of national socialism proved most effective in adding a leftist element to Nazism, and turning THE END OF THE BEGINNING 31 it into a much more powerful weapon than mere fascist or rightwing extremism could have been.
My performance was rewarded with a handful of cakes, whereupon I returned to my room and school homework. My father’s name, somewhat ominously for our generation, was Rudolf Hess, the same as that of Hitler’s deputy, though I am glad to say, they were not related and neither he nor I suffered any adverse effects from that coincidence. However, when in 1940/1, I joined the British army, it was thought advisable to effect a name change because of the unpleasant consequences if ever I had the misfortune to be taken prisoner of war by a possibly victorious German army.
A History of Germany 1918-2008: The Divided Nation (3rd Edition) by Mary Fulbrook