Behind the Scenes in the Reichstag: Sixteen Years of Parliamentary Life in Germany

Behind the Scenes in the Reichstag: Sixteen Years of Parliamentary Life in Germany

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Behind the Scenes in the Reichstag: Sixteen Years of Parliamentary Life in Germany

Behind the Scenes in the Reichstag: Sixteen Years of Parliamentary Life in Germany

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"Cannot you give us some recollections of your parliamentary life?"

How many times I have been asked this question by editors of papers and reviews!

I have always hesitated to respond to these pressing requests, first because these excursions into the past, before the outbreak of war, can have but slight interest, and secondly because, being deprived of my notes, forgotten at Colmar or deposited in a safe place in a neutral country, I am obliged to rely wholly on my memory, which often fails me.

All that happened before the war is already so far away from us. In recalling these reminiscences of a still near past, it seems as though one were turning over the pages of an old conjuringbook. And yet the whole tragedy of to-day was in being in the events before 1914, and the more I reflect on what I observed and heard, both at Berlin and at Strassburg, the more I confess to myself that we were, with a few exceptions, stricken with blindness in not seeing the big thunder clouds gathering on the horizon.

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