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

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tionalists. His murderers were allowed to escape to Hungary--while the police followed a really remarkable number of false clues--and there were given refuge on the estate of Julius Goemboes until the storm blew over.

A little less than a year later, on 24 June 1922, Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was murdered by Lieutenants Erwin Kern and Hermann Fischer, also members of the Ehrhardt Brigade. Rathenau, a prominent Jewish industrialist, had, as foreign minister, been steering the Republic on a course of international co-operation and understanding--with Soviet Russia as well as the western powers. He opposed extreme nationalism, warning the Germans that they were no master race. He attempted to secure an adjustment of the tangled reparations question through understanding rather than provocation. Although a man of great wealth, he considered social reforms necessary and spoke against 'the hereditary enslavement of the lower classes.' He was one of the few moderate German statesmen with a positive policy and yet capable of winning popular support. His murderers committed suicide at Saaleck Castle in Thuringia to become 'heroic martyrs' of the budding fascist movement.

Rathenau's death came as a profound shock to Germany. Once more the force of the lost revolution asserted itself, giving the Republic a chance to grasp and profit by its strength. The people rushed into the streets of the cities, trying to show how they felt and seeking some way of destroying the menace which hung over them. The Government feared them more than murderers and was relieved when they returned bewildered and exasperated to their homes. The aimless drift towards catastrophe went on.


BLACK ARMIES

from The Outlaws by ERNST VON SALOMON, translated by Ian F. D. Morrow

SOMETHING was brewing in the country. There was one army which had to be disbanded on account of the peace treaty, and another secret army which began mobilizing. Commissions were abroad in the land, consisting of obsequious individuals in frock

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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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