By Edward Timms

How used to be it attainable for a well-educated state to help a regime that made it against the law to imagine for your self? This was once the major query for the Stuttgart-based writer Anna Haag (1888–1982), the democratic feminist whose anti-Nazi diaries are analysed during this ebook. Like Victor Klemperer, she deconstructed German political propaganda daily, giving her critique a gendered concentration via hard the ethos of masculinity that sustained the Nazi regime. This pioneering research translates her diaries, secretly written in twenty notebooks now preserved on the Stuttgart urban Archive, as a desirable resource for the research of daily life within the 3rd Reich. the outlet sections caricature the paradigms that formed Haag’s creativity, analysing the influence of the 1st international warfare and the feminist and pacifist commitments that motivated her literary and journalistic writings. vast quotations from the diaries are supplied, with English translations, to demonstrate her responses to the cataclysms that the increase of Hitler, from the army conquests and Jewish deportations to the devastation of strategic bombing. The booklet concludes with a bankruptcy that strains the hyperlinks among Haag’s critique of army tyranny and her contribution to post-war reconstruction.

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Particularly damaging was the hyperinflation of the years 1922–3, triggered by the inability to pay reparations and the collapse of international confidence in the currency. The Haags, who had converted their nest-egg of Romanian Lei into German marks, had to watch helplessly as their savings evaporated. When Albert’s monthly salary arrived it was a rush to do the family shopping before the innumerable zeros were cancelled out by the soaring cost of living. After the birth of their third child Rudolf in August 1922, fresh milk became a priority, and to overcome shortages they would visit local farms.

Republican Values, Female Agency and the International Peace Campaign 43 sustain a small-town fashion store. This was serialized in the early 1930s by the Leipziger Abendpost, the evening edition of the large-circulation Leipziger Neueste Nachrichten. Serialization began in March 1935, but the action appears to be set in the years 1931–2. The aim of the novel is to integrate two disparate themes: the seductive appeal of a metropolitan subculture for an emotionally frustrated businesswoman, Ursula Becker; and the impact of the economic downturn, causing widespread deflation and consequent unemployment – not least for Gretel, Ursula’s flighty sales assistant.

There is a double irony when Renate discovers that – as a result of a mix-up by a careless nurse at the maternity hospital – two baby boys, Richard and Georg, were placed in the hands of the wrong birth mothers.  123. 42 Chapter 3 The dark-skinned Richard is indeed Murgowski’s son, but his mother turns out to be a tall blonde named Brigitte Holdermann, with whom the artist had had an affair. Brigitte, a single parent who earns her living as a typist, is bringing up the musically gifted Georg as her own son (he later proves to be the birth child of the Wellers).

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