Voyage Through the Twentieth Century: A Historian's Recollections and Reflections

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Berghahn Books, Aug 30, 2009 - History - 200 pages
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The account of the author's life, spent between Europe and America, is at the same time an account of his generation, one that came of age between the two World Wars. Recalling not only circumstances of his own situation but that of his friends, the author shows how this generation faced a reality that seemed fragmented, and in their shared thirst for knowledge and commitment to ideas they searched for cohesiveness among the glittering, holistic ideologies and movements of the twenties and thirties. The author's scholarly work on the German Resistance to Hitler revealed to him those who maintained dignity and courage in times of peril and despair, which became for him a life's pursuit. This work is unique in its thorough inclusion of the postwar decades and its perspective from a historian eager to rescue the "other" Germany-the Germany of the righteous rather than the Holocaust murderers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Beginnings
5
Chapter 2 School Years
12
Chapter 3 O du mein Osterreich
20
Chapter 4 AmericaComing Down to Earth
36
Chapter 5 Going To and Fro upon the Earth
45
Photo Section
62
Chapter 6 Du bist ein Wanderer
63
Chapter 7 Mit dem Gesicht nach Deutschland
92
Chapter 8 Living in a World Come of Age
112
Afterthoughts
135
Notes
140
Selected Bibliography
158
Index
164
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About the author (2009)

Born in Berlin of an Austrian family of Jewish background Klemens von Klemperer studied in Vienna until 1938 when he was forced to emigrate to the United States. He continued his studies at Harvard University, which were then interrupted from 1943 to 1946 by his service in the US Army. After receiving his PhD in History from Harvard University, he taught at Smith College, and after his retirement, at neighboring institutions.

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