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

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bondage of the Wandervogel. A defiant assertion of youth as suaged the feeling that society did not want or need them. This could be only temporary surcease, for gymnastics, hiking, and singing were no answer and no escape from real problems.


MAMFRED HAUSMANN

was born in Germany in 1898. He is the author of many short stories, a number of popular novels, and several plays. He attracted most attention with tragi-comic studies of tramps and vagabonds. He has had one novel of this type published in the United States, and another in England. He remained in Germany after Hitler came to power, and nothing has been heard of him for a number of years.


LAMPION'S REPLY

from Salute to Heaven by MANFRED HAUSMANN, translated by Caroline Fredrick

NAUHEIM is a wonderful town with its parks and its white villas, its hot and cold springs shooting into the air, its arcades and tennis courts, its porters and fine carriages; at every corner the pavements slope down into the streets without any intervening step, so that the sick millionaires may be as comfortable as possible when they go out for a walk. Sometime I'd like to stay here a week, but I'd have to have a pile of money to squander, twenty or thirty marks at least.

The visitors at this resort don't know how lucky they are. I meet them shuffling along in a bad humor, and sighing as if they were hard at work and having a beastly time of it. To make them realize their fine clothes, their ties and well-groomed faces, I mean so that they will see the difference, I go to the Kurgarten and sit down among them, with a Police Gazette, that I found, in my hands. But I can't imagine what sort of sulky fools they must be. Instead of being happy over their pants without a wrinkle, their sleeves with no holes at the elbow, their boots not cracked open like mine-- especially the boots, for they need only glance at them, I mean at what is left, to be at once convinced that they are blest with vast

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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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