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

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those of any race, faith, or social position who are not willing to grasp the fact that the Third Reich has definitely and irrefutably dawned.

All in all, Dachau is today no longer an episode but a program and a password for all who are not of good faith or good will: 'Through Dachau to National-Socialism and to the Third Reich.'

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WOLFGANG LANGHOFF

was born in Charlottenburg, a suburb of Berlin, on 6 October 1901. His father was a worker, but both parents were of peasant stock. Parental poverty forced the boy to earn his own way at an early age, and he spent several years as a laborer and seaman. At the age of seventeen he secured a job in a theatre and decided to make acting his profession. Over the next fifteen years he graduated from bit parts to leading roles in stage productions in Königsberg, Wiesbaden, Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. He had made no secret of his opposition to Hitlerism and on 28 February 1933 was arrested by the Gestapo. After spending thirteen months in various concentration camps, he was released, but found all avenues of employment closed to him. He finally managed to elude the police and escaped to Switzerland. There, while acting at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, he wrote an account of his concentration camp experiences which was published in German in Zurich and afterwards translated widely.


'PEACEFUL NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT . . .'

from Rubber Truncheon by WOLFGANG LANGHOFF, translated by Lilo Linke

IN THE BLOCK OF CELLS, belonging to Division I, we put up a Christmas tree, a tall, lovely tree. It reached right up to the iron gallery of the first floor. Its lower branches reached across the whole breadth of the floor.

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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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