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Requiem for a German Past
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Jurgen Herbst’s account of growing up in Nazi Germany from 1928 to 1948 is a boy’s experience of anti-Semitism and militarism from the inside. Herbst was a middle-class boy in a Lutheran family that saw value in Prussian military ideals and a mythic German past. His memoir is a compelling, understated tale of moral awakening.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. In My Father’s House
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 2. Discovering Social Class
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. 3. Wolfenbüttel’s Große Schule
  2. pp. 48-66
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  1. 4. Kristallnacht
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 5. Boy Soldier
  2. pp. 81-100
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  1. 6. Assignment East
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. 7. St. Mary’s Tower
  2. pp. 118-127
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  1. 8. The War at Home
  2. pp. 128-140
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  1. 9. Etzel’s Tale
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. 10. Death Enters
  2. pp. 153-161
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  1. 11. The Choice
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. 12. Baptism by Fire
  2. pp. 173-184
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  1. 13. In Battle
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. 14. Farewell to Arms
  2. pp. 194-204
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  1. 15. Home
  2. pp. 205-214
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  1. 16. The Search
  2. pp. 215-221
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  1. 17. Requiem
  2. pp. 222-230
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  1. Appendix: Commencement Address, June 15,1996
  2. pp. 231-234
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