- Taschenbuch: 316 Seiten
- Verlag: Atlantic Books; Auflage: Main (1. August 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1843549328
- ISBN-13: 978-1843549321
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
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Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2013
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Fest's accounts of being called up, of trying to avoid military service, fighting, seeing comrades die, and beinig caught and kept as a prisoner of war are engrossing * Independent on Sunday * A heroic interrogation of Germany's past * Sunday Telegraph * A remarkable document of a childhood and young manhood spent outside the sphere of normal life * Sunday Times * Moving... A tribute to those qualities of civic responsibility, courageously represented by Fest and his family, which the Nazis came near to eradicating... His writing has the quietness of chamber music, so that his louder images are all the more rending -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph * Exceptional... it tells in a modest, believable, quietly bitter and totally proud way of a family's extraordinary decency... Strong and unique * New York Times *
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Born in Berlin in 1926, Joachim Fest was a historian, journalist, critic and Publisher of the renowned newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Best known for his writings and public commentary on Nazi Germany, he authored renowned biographys on both Hitler and Albert Speer. A leading figure in the debate among German historians about the Nazi period, Fest died in 2006.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This was an educated, upper middle class family. The text is filled with references to Goethe, Schiller, Kant - the basis of the German Enlightenment. I found the many detailed accounts of family life a bit excessive. But then there is a passage that shows how Nazism impinged inexorably on the Fests. For example, they learned of the murders of Jews in Russia after the Russian invasion from soldiers returning from the Eastern Front.
They had to be careful of everyone they spoke to, as Fest Sr. explained to the two older boys, 10 and 12, one of whom was Joachim.
This is a fascinating account of a German childhood in the Third Reich and the treacherous ground upon which the family stood. The parents had Jewish friends, some of whom left suitcases of valuables with them which they buried in their backyard. Their friends, who beieved this too would pass, never returned after the war. Although overcrowded with somewhat tedious incidents, like the escape that was not, it is nonetheless important for the character of the father and what life was like for an anti-Nazi Christian in Berlin during "interesting times".
This book is his posthumous shortly after he died wrote as a reaction to Gunther Grass, Fest criticized Grass, not so much for having joined, but for having concealed the fact for so many years while engaging in political criticism of others over their Nazi pasts. He said: "After 60 years, this confession comes a bit too late. I can't understand how someone who for decades set himself up as a moral authority, a rather smug one, could pull this off."
Fest was born in the Karlshorst locality of Berlin, Germany, the son of Johannes Fest, a conservative Roman Catholic and staunch anti-Nazi schoolteacher who was dismissed from his post when the Nazis came to power in 1933. In 1936, when Fest turned ten, his family refused to make him join the Hitler Youth, a step which could have had serious repercussions for the family, although membership did not become compulsory until 1939. As it was, Fest was expelled from his school, and then went to a Catholic boarding school in Freiburg im Breisgau in Baden, where he was able to avoid Hitler Youth service until he was eighteen.
In December 1944, when he turned 18, Fest decided to enlist in the Wehrmacht, mainly to avoid being conscripted into the Waffen SS. His father opposed even this concession, saying that "one does not volunteer for Hitler's criminal war."
His father Johannes a bulwark of opposition against the infamous Nazi regime instill the values in to his family even at the cost of his career, derailed by the Nazis his family suffering many hardships, and personal lost because of it. The book if anything it's an example of character against the comfortable moral apathy, and turning a blind eye to the Nazi heavy handed totalitarianism, not only in persecuting the Jews, but in suppressing political freedom, and turning dissent in to a crime punishable by imprisonment, and even worse death, all this in exchange for material prosperity, an end to German humiliation, after the treaty of Versailles, and first the political gains Hitler did, and later his successful Blitzkrieg campaigns turned Hitler and the Nazis in to demigods, you just can imagine the unbearable pressure dissidents of the regime had to bear against the common opinion that the Nazis were on the right track. Just imagine ten years of your enemies proving you wrong, and you holding in to your ideas, and lifestyle who endanger your own survival, because you hold in to moral principles of decency, and Humanism, above the comforts of an easy life for you, and your family.
Of course after ten years in 1943, after Stalingrad, and the Alamein, the many defeats after, the incessant bombing by the allies of German cities, the rationing cards, the telegrams of the lost of your sons at the front, and if that was not bad enough you personally dragged out of your home to serve in the Volkssturm even if you were 60 years old or 13 years old! Everybody in Germany could see the high price they paid to moral blindness, but by then it was not only more dangerous to oppose the regime, but even too late to do anything to avoid the catastrophe bearing down in to Germany.
Ironically Fest turn to be not an scholar of the Italian Renaissance as originally was his inclination, but a Historian to the German debacle that War World II was, and that can be argued it was also dictated if not by Hitler, at least it was by Historical fate. Writing biographies of Hitler, and Albert Speer between other lesser known books.
A little known fact outside Germany and not in the book it's the controversy named: Historikerstreit (Historians quarrel) when he criticized Jurgen Habermas for pointing as unique and singular the crimes of the Hitler's Holocaust vs the crimes committed by the communist Pol Pot, Stalin or Mao Zedong.
My opinion a highly readable book if disappointing to those who do no appreciate literature, or expected a sort of thriller memories.