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By Peter Ph.D. Gay

During this publication, an historian tells of his formative years as an assimilated, antireligious Jew in Nazi Germany from 1933-1939 - "the tale" says Peter homosexual, "of a poisoning and the way I handled it". homosexual describes his kin, the lifestyles they led, and the explanations they didn't to migrate quicker, and he explores his personal ambivalent emotions - then and now - towards Germany and the Germans. homosexual relates that the early years of the Nazi regime have been particularly benign for his kin: as a schoolboy on the Goethe gym he skilled no ridicule or assaults, his father's buiness prospered, and lots of the family's non-Jewish associates remained supportive. He devised survival thoughts - stamp accumulating, gazing football, etc - that served as displays to dam out the more and more oppressive international round him. Even prior to the occasions of 1938-39, culminating in Kristallnacht, the kin was once confident that they have to depart the rustic. homosexual describes the bravery and ingenuity of his father in figuring out this tough emigration procedure, the braveness of the non-Jewish associates who helped his family members in the course of their final sour months in Germany, and the family's mounting panic as they witnessed the indifference of different international locations to their plight and that of others like themselves. Gay's account provides an additional standpoint to the historical past of German Jewry

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As I did in my lowly post as instructor (our elders in the rather grandly named Department of Public Law and Government kept the junior faculty humble lest we begin to nourish the fantasy that someday there might be a tenured post for us), only on a far more exalted level, Neumann taught a course on the history of political thought. Among graduate students and the junior faculty he was a highly respected presence: immensely knowledgeable, commanding a bibliographic range that impressed all his devotees, and benevolently interested in those just entering their professional careers.

I. 155004924'0092—dc21 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. 10 9 8 7 6 5 To Emil Busse Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Dr. Faustus Contents Preface ONE Return of the Native TWO In Training THREE The Opium of the Masses FOUR Mixed Signals FIVE Hormones Awakening SIX Survival Strategies SEVEN Best-Laid Plans EIGHT Buying Asylum NINE A Long Silence TEN On Good Behavior Acknowledgments Preface This is not an autobiography; it is a memoir that focuses on the six years, 1933 to 1939, I spent as a boy in Nazi Berlin.

But if memories awoke, they had to contend with a drastically changed scene. I found that neither of my first two apartment houses had survived Allied attentions. No. 5 was a hole in the ground, the site neatly cleaned up, making for a conspicuous gap between its neighbors. And No. 10, too, must have been bombed out of existence or damaged too badly to permit restoration. It had been supplanted by one of those typical post-Nazi buildings of the 1950s, unornamented, looking rather shoddy, as though its life expectancy was limited and perhaps designed to be limited, its flat surfaces broken with an array of tiny balconies on which two, at most three, people could sit to have their afternoon coffee and cake as long as they kept their elbows to themselves.

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