Third Reich, was a nation-wide best seller in the United States. It was also published in England and Sweden. The record of her Americanization, Rebirth in Liberty, was widely acclaimed. At present she is completing a novel, The Wheel, based on her observations of the people of the French Riviera. She continues to fight for 'the extinction of Hitlerism and all it stands for.'
from Savage Symphony by EVA LIPS, translated by Caroline Newton
IT WAS a rather cold day; men in the Square of Justice, with Christmas trees for sale, called up memories of my childhood. The path to the great round ramp was slippery with ice. There rise the massive columns which I had climbed as a child, to watch General Märker's1 men at their guns. But today there was no shooting; inside this building there were three men whose names filled the headlines of the newspapers of the world. Against them the Third Reich had invoked the paraphernalia of the law, of massed witnesses and sworn oaths. I shuddered, for I knew what such an accusation from such a source must mean. And there was a man who dared to speak recklessly, even wittily, in words that combined grace and danger, whose utterances were hungrily awaited by all those in our country who suffered for the sake of the spirit. What would be the revenge of the Third Reich on such a mind? How would it end, this struggle between honesty and baiting? Could the man escape from the bog on which he had already stepped? Would he be sucked under, the Savonarola who loved an idea more than his own life? Would Dimitroff be defeated?
Wrapped in furs, two inquisitive geese in their soft down, my pretty companion and I stood in front of the gates at half-past nine in the morning of December 1, 1933. As yet no one was allowed in. We were obliged to wait; there were many waiting, although we all had our cards of admission. No suspicious person was allowed to enter; every ticket bore a name. Ladies tripped about in the cold____________________