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

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acclaim of Feuchtwanger caused him to be well hated by the extreme German nationalists, whose favorite writers, such as Hans Grimm and Erwin Kolbenheyer, remained almost unknown outside of Germany. Feuchtwanger lived in Paris after Hitler came to power and was interned as an 'enemy alien' by the French when the war broke out in 1939. He escaped in 1940 and reached the United States, where he now lives. The story of his internment and escape have been told in his The Devil in France. His novel Success is a semifictional account of happenings in Bavaria from 1919 to 1923, Many figures of the story are readily identifiable: Rupert Kutzner is based on Adolf Hitler, Franz Flaucher is Gustav von Kahr, and General Vesemann is the name given General Ludendorff.


ADVENTURE IN A BEER HALL

from Success by LION FEUCHTWANGER, translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

THE BERLIN GOVERNMENT had to give up its passive resistance to the Ruhr occupation. Martial law was declared over all Germany. The captains of industry compelled the Berlin Cabinet to take military measures against the constitutionally established Socialist governments in Saxony and Thuringia. Reichswehr marched into Dresden and Weimar, deposed the Socialist administrations, and drove the Ministers from their offices at the point of the bayonet. A few industrial magnates and one or two generals set themselves up as dictators. Everywhere in Germany there was ferment, violence, confusion, and misery. The dollar exchange soared to figures which to the man in the street were empty formulas. A pound loaf cost billions of marks.

In Munich the True Germans were jubilant. Had they not foretold that the methods of Berlin would throw the whole Empire into chaos? Kutzner blossomed out, and forgot his discomfiture in the spring. His instinct as a leader had not deceived him. The time was only now ripe: the first snow, not the spring blossoming, was the real signal for the march on Berlin.

From his residence in the Promenadeplatz Flaucher kept his eye on him. Was this Kutzner already beginning to shoot out his neck

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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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