The Klemperer Diaries

The Klemperer Diaries The publication of Victor Klemperer s secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period In its cool lucid style and power of observation said The New York Tim

  • Title: The Klemperer Diaries
  • Author: Victor Klemperer
  • ISBN: 9780753806845
  • Page: 378
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  • The publication of Victor Klemperer s secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period In its cool, lucid style and power of observation, said The New York Times, it is the best written, most evocative, most observant record of daily life in the Third Reich I Will Bear Witness is a work of literature as well as a revelation ofThe publication of Victor Klemperer s secret diaries brings to light one of the most extraordinary documents of the Nazi period In its cool, lucid style and power of observation, said The New York Times, it is the best written, most evocative, most observant record of daily life in the Third Reich I Will Bear Witness is a work of literature as well as a revelation of the day by day horror of the Nazi years.A Dresden Jew, a veteran of World War I, a man of letters and historian of great sophistication, Klemperer recognized the danger of Hitler as early as 1933 His diaries, written in secrecy, provide a vivid account of everyday life in Hitler s Germany.What makes this book so remarkable, aside from its literary distinction, is Klemperer s preoccupation with the thoughts and actions of ordinary Germans Berger the greengrocer, who was given Klemperer s house anti Hitlerist, but of course pleased at the good exchange , the fishmonger, the baker, the much visited dentist All offer their thoughts and theories on the progress of the war Will England hold out Who listens to Goebbels How much longer will it last This symphony of voices is ordered by the brilliant, grumbling Klemperer, struggling to complete his work on eighteenth century France while documenting the ever tightening Nazi grip He loses first his professorship and then his car, his phone, his house, even his typewriter, and is forced to move into a Jews House the last step before the camps , put his cat to death Jews may not own pets , and suffer countless other indignities.Despite the danger his diaries would pose if discovered, Klemperer sees it as his duty to record events I continue to write, he notes in 1941 after a terrifying run in with the police This is my heroics I want to bear witness, precise witness, until the very end When a neighbor remarks that, in his isolation, Klemperer will not be able to cover the main events of the war, he writes It s not the big things that are important, but the everyday life of tyranny, which may be forgotten A thousand mosquito bites are worse than a blow on the head I observe, I note, the mosquito bites This book covers the years from 1933 to 1941 Volume Two, from 1941 to 1945, will be published in 1999.

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    1. UPDATE 6/10/17 As part of my research in preparation for writing the next section of the sequel to A Flood of Evil, I read Klemperer's diary from 1936-38. Here are a few observations on the major events of the day Jul 1938 antisemitism is again greatly increased Jewish assets must be reported Jews are banned from certain trades yellow visitor's cards needed for baths the Academic Society for Research into Jewry is meeting in Munich the opening of art exhibitions in Munich and elsewhere recite [...]

    2. An astonishing document that's unlike anything else I know that might fit under the heading of Nazi period memoirs. The perspective it provides — that of a Jewish academic and his "Aryan" wife living in Dresden during a time of state-sponsored racism — is unique. Moreover, it's very well written. Do read both volumes.

    3. I found this diary fascinating and believe it's an indispensable work of history -- almost one-of-a-kind. You see a lot of diaries and memoirs from the Holocaust/WW2 years, but not much from the mid- to late-1930s and the rise of Hitler. Reading Klemperer's diary, which covers January 1933 through December 1941, you can see how the fascist state gradually chipped away at the rights of Jews, and the Holocaust was accomplished in little baby steps. I can summarize it like this:Jewish civil servant [...]

    4. Reviews of this diary consistently fail to account for the richness of its contents. No one should "rate" a Holocaust memoir, but my decision to do so reflects my impression of my experience with Klemperer's words as a witness to a place, time, and life at times oddly similar and dissimilar to my own.Klemperer's diary is unique. As an academic, he knows he lives in troubled and interesting times. He leaves the "facts" of events in Nazi Germany to historians and focuses on documenting his lived e [...]

    5. Amazing. Quite possibly the most important book to come out of WW2. This man's first hand account of what went on in Germany during the rise of the National Socialists and the affect upon his family, neighbors and friends is an insight into a society gone mad. Although many Germans were anti-Nazi, the National Socialists came into power because they were seen as the lesser of the two evils, when given a choice between that and Communism. As Professor Klemperer observes throughout this diary, the [...]

    6. Victor Klemperer was a professor of classical languages in Dresden. He lost his position and sense of security soon after Hitler took power. Although he had converted to Protestantism in 1911, he was classified a Jew by the Nazis. And while Dresden’s Jewish community steadily dwindled because of deportations to Lodz, Auschwitz, and Theresienstadt, since his wife, Eva, was a “full-blooded Aryan” they were kept safe from deportation until they were notified to prepare to leave the city on Fe [...]

    7. Most surprising was how quickly after 1933 that the vise began to tighten on Klemperer and his fellow Jews. Second most surprising is how orderly and law-abiding it all was, in a twisted sense. Over the next 12 years, the Jews' rights and privileges were reduced one by one, as Klemperer lost lost his prestigious university job, his house, his food rations, his rights to use Dresden's transportation, etc. Then when almost all Jewish rights were gone and the deportation orders began to be enforced [...]

    8. In April 1935, Klemperer (1881-1960) was a Protestant professor of French literature at Dresden University and a veteran of WWI. By early May, he was simply a Jew and, like other Jews, forcibly retired. His marriage to an Aryan woman gave him some small protection. By 1945, he was one of only 198 registered Jews left in Dresden. Through it all, Klemperer kept a diary, that was not intended to be published. It is a detailed account of living under the Nazis, indignity piled on indignity, all that [...]

    9. We all know of Anne Frank's tragic testimony to people's inhumanity when they are possessed by a vainglorious impression of themselves. Superiority is clearly defined by how humanely you treat the vulnerable and not how easily you decide to crush the defenceless.Victor Klemperer's two-volume diaries are simply the most significant publication in recent years in any historical discipline. While we are amazed by Frank's maturity in her observation and style and above all her resilience, Klemperer [...]

    10. When I first started reading the diaries of Victor Klemperer, I wondered how to keep track of all the various acquaintances and family members he is mentioning. An appendix of who-is-who would be extremely helpful, yet it did not take away any of the impact reading his personal accounts had for me. As many reviews already state, this is an incredible document because it simply records the thoughts, fears, suspicions, rumours, that are circulating around an average German's life as he experiences [...]

    11. Klemperer, Victor. I WILL BEAR WITNESS. A DIARY OF THE NAZI YEARS: 1933-1941. (1995). ****. Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) was a Jew living in Dresden and teaching French literature at the Technical University there when the National Socialist Party gained power. This diary (Part I of II) begins abruptly on January 14, 1933. This is obviously not when he started his record-keeping. In fact, the diaries themselves have gone through several editors who have had to pare down the material in them in o [...]

    12. A fascinating and in-depth journey of the lives of a married couple; the husband, a Jew converted to Christianity, and his Gentile wife. In Nazi Germany, a converted Jew was still a Jew, and so the couple suffered extreme hardship and persecution because of his Jewish heritage. Incredibly detailed---the diary form made you feel as if you were there with them, suffering every indignity every day for seven years and more. Shocking how slowly and deceptively the Nazis gradually took from them every [...]

    13. This is a diary style book about the 1933-41 years of victor klemperers life. he was jewish but had converted to protestantism. he was married to a german aryan wife. he was still prosceuted and gradually ostracized through all the riles the nasties bought in gradually against the jews. things really kicked off around krystallnacht. this is better than anne franks diaries. he was a lecturer at university. it talks of some of the key events that happens int eh buildup to the second world war in g [...]

    14. I Will Bear Witness, 1933-1941 & 1942-1945A Diary of the Nazi YearsBy Victor KlempererVictor Klemperer was a professor of French literature, specializing in the Enlightenment, employed at the Technical University of Dresden at the time the Nazis came to power in 1933. At that point in his career he already had a few scholarly works in print and was planning another, a project on the 18th century he continued researching and writing until circumstances forced him to postpone that work. But he [...]

    15. This book is incredibly hard to finish, even if you're armed with enthusiasm about the subject. These are the diaries of a literature professor of Dresden, a Jew married with an Arian woman during the years of the Nazi regime coming into full power. It is, at times, extremely boring, because across 8 years of writing, some pages are just mundane details about his and his wife's life under the ever-growing hatefulness of the regime. However - that is the exact point of interest of this book. It g [...]

    16. Since I had to read this for an essay*, I'm not going to write a full review for this. I did have to skim through some sections, since not everything is relevant for my essay and I was focused on flagging as many reference points as possible. I don't want to rate it any higher until I've read it cover to cover, which I will hopefully do sometime in the future.It is such an interesting read. I love history and I'm especially fascinated by books like this. I Will Bear Witness is the detailed accou [...]

    17. In May 1935, Klemperer (1881-1960) was forced into early retirement from his position as professor of French literature at Dresden University. While he was born a Jew, he had converted to Christianity, married an Aryan woman and was very assimilated. Still he was labeled a Jew and with that all of his rights gradually stripped away. He and his wife had to move into a special "Jew house" and rented out their home to a tenant selected by the Nazis. His identity card was labeled with a J, he had st [...]

    18. Klemperer's diary helps us to understand Nazism. Klemperer dairies give a first hand account of the atrocities faced by Jews during the reign of Hitler over Germany. His prose also chronicles many events giving explanations to why many ‘ordinary’ Germans accepted or denied the actions of the NSDAP. It is definitely proof that many Germans who later claimed not to know about the terrors associated with the Nazi regime actually knew about them by either, participating, resisting or being a bys [...]

    19. Although I didn't really pay attention to the dates, I found this book to be amazing because it gives a different view into the life of someone who lived through it, because usually we only get the cliff-notes version from survivors. At times I personally found it hard to follow what Victor was saying, and/or thinking, it was only due to the fact that he was a college professor and the differences in the way we speak. Overall, I loved this book and look forward to reading it again.

    20. I struggled through this book and ultimately ended up abandoning it. It was interesting, but I wasn't prepared for its length and the many dry passages. But it's a book I would try to take on again after preparing for an intense, rapid, marathon reading session (and would probably, then, be willing to up its rating).

    21. This was a great account of life under the Nazis. I found it both educational and riveting. I've re-read this book several times, each time picking up something new I hadn't remembered or noticed the last.

    22. I devoured both volumes of this stunning diary. A firsthand account of daily life under the Nazis by a Jew who somehow survived it all. Klemperer shows how quickly and effectively the Nazis consolidated power once Hitler was elected.

    23. This book really brings home the horror of living in Nazi Germany - especially if you were Jewish. Some parts of the book were slow but on the whole it was engrossing and terrifying to read. The author was way more perceptive about Hitler than most of his contemporaries.

    24. This is a very dense book, but Klemperer truly does bear witness to the atrocities of Germany under Hitler. It was truly horrifying to read about what the people of Germany, and Jews in general, had to endure.

    25. This set of volumes gives a much broader view of the day-to-day lives of German Jews during the Nazi years than you might expect. A read that is both fascinating and horrendous.

    26. "I Will Bear Witness" is the diary of Victor Klemperer - a Jew who converted to Christianity, married an Aryan, and had the misfortune to be living in Dresden, Germany. Klemperer kept detailed diaries all his life and this volume covers 1933 through 1941 from the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor to the entry of the United States into the war.Klemperer tells us who stops by for coffee or dinner, we learn about his relatives, we follow him as he learns to drive and struggles with his used car, [...]

    27. An excellent story. A life of French Literature professor in Dresden between 1933 and 1941. First he was barred from exams. Then he was dismissed following the release of the Racial Purity Act. He continues to work at home putting all his energy into the history of French literature in XVIII century. With ever increasing pressure from government many of his friends emigrate. He's reluctant especially because his aryan wife starts building the house for them. He also feels strongly German and can [...]

    28. Victor Klemperer must have been one of the most long-suffering diarists ever. Quite apart from living in Nazi Germany as a Jew, and all that entails, he had little money, terrible health and his wife suffered from poor health as well.Nonetheless this is a most valuable source that exists for first-hand description of those terrible years. It's not just the brutality, and there was plenty of that of course, but the petty laws; banned from using swimming pools, libraries, driving a car, that made [...]

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