Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

Peter Fritzsche

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pp. ix-xxii

...The letters and diary entries that follow have profound things to say about the most brutal regime in the twentieth century. They are an indispensable source for understanding the Nazis. They shed light on the lives...

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Introduction

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pp. xxiii-xxxii

...up. She suffered from homesickness the first few days, but soon began feeling at home with the family that had taken her in. Her foster parents did their best to make the stay of this girl from Braunschweig into an experience...

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Note to the American Edition

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pp. xxxiii-xxxvi

...He was a collector. It was only by finding a document that had Eberhard’s name on it, left in one of the five notebooks, that he had been able to trace me via the internet, since the journals themselves were...

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To Holland (1920–1929)

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pp. 1-15

...are already pretty old, their sons are around twenty years old. We took the streetcar to Willem Barentzstraat. From the outside, the front of the house is pretty drab looking, but in the back there is a balcony, a porch, and a charming little flower garden. At home, we had a warm...

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The Parents (1929–1937)

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pp. 16-119

...has an enormous amount to do; he is barely here for half an hour at lunchtime. Yesterday a conference that lasted a full six hours. When he does come home, he is so exhausted that he can barely eat. M. could not believe that Vati has been going at this pace for years without receiving any financial compensation...

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The Grandmother (1938–1940)

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pp. 120-147

...I come up the road in the evening and see the moon behind the tall Harz pines and everything is still and peaceful, or when next summer our roses bloom, then I think that the Brockenblick will always remain as it was...

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The Brother (1940–1944)

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pp. 148-214

...I am to be put immediately on leave. I am resolved to do everything I can in Berlin to return to duty if I am not offered an especially interesting civilian task. The idea that I should take my leave from the combat...

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The Others (1945–1949)

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pp. 215-234

...ones left, so we have to stay even closer together; write as often as you can, alright? I am so pleased that we have had chance to connect, and I was told by the emissary that I could send along an answer tomorrow....

In Closing

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pp. 235-236

Family Trees

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pp. 237-243

Maps

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pp. 244-248

Suggested Reading

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pp. 249-250

Index

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pp. 251-254

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About the Authors, Production Notes

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pp. 255-260

...Hedda Kalshoven is the daughter of Irmgard Gebensleben. She has been married to Albert Kalshoven since 1956. Hester Velmans most recently translated...