The Lesser Evil: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1945-1959

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 637 pages
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This volume opens in June 1945. The immediate postwar period produces many shocks and revelations - some people have behaved better than Klemperer had believed, others much worse. His sharp observations are now turned on the East German Communist Party, which he himself joins, and he notes many similarities between Nazi and Communist behaviour. Politics, he comes to believe, is above all the choice of the lesser evil. He is made a professor in Greifswald, then in Berlin and Halle. His wife Eva dies in 1951 but within a year at the age of 70 he marries one of his students, an unlikely but successful love-match. He serves in the GDR's People's Chamber and represents East German scholarship abroad. But it is the details of everyday life, and the honesty and directness, that make these diaries so fascinating."

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User Review  - Scott Wood - Goodreads

Proof that living through a totalitarian regime doesn't give one any insight into the causes of totalitarianism. Read full review

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User Review  - Victoria Stevens - Goodreads

In the final diary, Klemperer transitions through miraculous physical salvation and recovery... only to become small and solitary near the end of his life. In this outcome, he is but human. Read this ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Victor Klemperer, a front-line veteran of the First World War, became Professor of French Literature at Dresden University. He was taken from his university in 1935 because he was Jewish, and only survived because of his marriage to an Aryan.

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