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

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he was re-arrested and held in Castres prison. He remained there until the Vichy government delivered him to the German Gestapo in late 1942. He is believed to have been shot.


A FAIRY TALE FOR CHRISTMAS

by RUDOLF LEONHARD, translated by James Cleugh

CARLSHAFEN is a small town in the west of Germany, set in averagely decent surroundings, with an averagely decent climate and an averagely decent population. It nestles in a wide, delicately traced curve of the River Weser. Some low, tree-clad hills rise from the plain on the further bank of the stream, which is here rather sluggish. The town is thus silhouetted against a solid background of green. It is really a very pretty little place. It is not one of those towns which have gradually grown up. It was completed at one stroke--at the end of the eighteenth century--and has ever since remained in its original state.

Great aims were in the air at the time the town was built. For the ideas which were to lead to the convulsions of the French Revolution had spread far and wide. Consequently, little Carlshafen was planned on a much more generous scale than its economic possibilities warranted. The intention was to found a great tobacco industry. The buildings composing the two squares that encircle the port have the form of great warehouses. But trade fell on evil days. Now the warehouses stand empty and the port is merely a dead stretch of somewhat muddy water. Carlshafen, with its insignificant trade, has sunk, almost, to the status of a rural borough.

There have been certain rural developments along the banks of the Weser or about the outskirts of the town, but none of any importance. There is, for instance, on the other side of the river, actually on the hillside, a fine big hotel, the Swan, for tourists. Its damp underground cellars probably enjoy particularly favorable ventilation. At any rate the tourists find at the hotel, in addition to particularly good meals particularly well served, a variety of particularly cool, particularly finely matured Rhine wines. This is all very well for the tourists. But for the heroes of this story the

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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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