Germany: a Self-Portrait: A Collection of German Writings from 1914 to 1943

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VERDUN

from The Way of Sacrifice by FRITZ VON UNRUH, translated by C. A. Macartney

EVERY MAN was at his post. The fuse glimmered at the great mine-field. Dugouts glowed with eyes. In the crowded knots of men a heart-beat of expectation throbbed. The din of crashing worlds dashed piercing, searing waves against the men's ears. It stabbed and hammered through brains. Werner's eyes were riveted on his watch. Eternities grew big between seconds and seconds. Watch grew into universe. He was God, devising creations between one and two and four, and destroying them. Before the last second, will gathered more potently: 'Be!' Then out of a mysterious strength a voice shouted: 'Forward, out of the trenches!' With astonished faces the company saw their heads raised above the trench rim. What would come now? Clemens bit his teeth into his lips till they bled. Death was awake now. Threatening, he leaped amid the mad drumming of the batteries. His jaws grinned. The Captain raised his arm, crying: 'Eleven o'clock!' But the mine did not explode. He waited from 11.01 to 11.02, to 11.03. The sound of advancing companies rang from the adjacent trenches. The sweat ran over his chin. The mine did not explode. He must advance over that surface that might burst under them at any moment. An icy fire swept over him as he gave the signal to attack.--Hillbrand clambered out of the trench, an ax brandished in his hand. With menacing strides, untouched by the first hail of shot that swept the trench's edge, he advanced against the enemy. Stepping behind him, in fearful calm, came his soldiers. Thoughts, feelings were suspended. Wild fear of death turned all bodies into raging instincts of self-preservation. A single impulse drove their bodies on and tore them forward. Steel helmets waved over the brushwood like black depths. Only white armlets on arms that hurled death and sank again touched the dark, silent attack with a rush and a wild exultation. Remorseless, Hillbrand's ax crashed down through enemy and brushwood as he cleared a path.--In tensest excitement, lovely

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Book One - Iron Cross 1
  • Order of the Crown, Fourth Class 26
  • Into the Abyss 43
  • Verdun 57
  • The Judgment 73
  • On Leave 79
  • Letters from Prison 83
  • Homecoming 104
  • Book Two - Reluctant Republic 111
  • The Ninth of November 115
  • 'Groener Speaking . . .' 121
  • The Spartacus Manifesto 126
  • Our New Masters 133
  • The Constitution of the German Reich Of 11 August 1919 142
  • Look Through the Bars 157
  • Black Armies 169
  • Fever Dance 185
  • Adventure in a Beer Hall 201
  • The Way of the New Germany 217
  • A Laborer in Leuna 229
  • Lampion's Reply 237
  • A Fairy Tale for Christmas 244
  • The Program of the National Socialist German Workers' Party 257
  • My Personal and Financial Relations With the Nazi Party 261
  • The Landslide 270
  • These Literary Anti-Semites 289
  • Invaders and Exiles 302
  • Book Three - Crooked Cross 311
  • Fire in Leipzig 315
  • 'Peaceful Night, Holy Night . . .' 331
  • Family Portrait 342
  • The Age of the Fish 352
  • An Exchange of Letters 370
  • Who Shall Tell Us Today 377
  • Hans Zauner Becomes a Soldier 382
  • Fritz Giga 406
  • Shelter 423
  • The Ballad of the German Soldier's Bride 432
  • Letter from Moscow 433
  • Self-Bondage 452
  • The Blossoming to Come 457
  • Acknowledgments 459
  • Bibliography 465
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