By Hedda Kalshoven,Peter Fritzsche
In 1920, on the age of 13, Irmgard Gebensleben first traveled from Germany to The Netherlands on a "war-children transport." She could later marry a Dutch guy and dwell and lift her relations there whereas preserving with regards to her German friends and family in the course of the widespread trade of letters. but in this interval geography was once now not all that separated them. expanding divergence in political beliefs and eventual warfare among their nations intended letters contained not just relatives information yet own views at the person, neighborhood, and nationwide offerings that will lead to the main damaging warfare in history.
This very important assortment, first assembled via Irmgard Gebensleben's daughter Hedda Kalshoven, supplies voice to bland Germans within the Weimar Republic and the 3rd Reich and within the occupied Netherlands. The correspondence among Irmgard, her buddies, and 4 generations of her family members delve into their such a lot intimate and candid innovations and emotions in regards to the upward thrust of nationwide Socialism. The responses to the German invasion and profession of the Netherlands reveal the deeply divided loyalties of the relations and display their makes an attempt to bridge them. Of specific worth to historians, the letters evoke the writers' ideals and their knowing of the occasions occurring round them.
This first English translation of Ik denk zoveel aan jullie: Een briefwisseling tussen Nederland en Duitsland 1920-1949, has been edited, abridged, and annotated through Peter Fritzsche with the assent and collaboration of Hedda Kalshoven. After the book's unique e-book the diary of Irmgard's brother and dependable Wehrmacht soldier, Eberhard, was once came across and edited by way of Hedda Kalshoven. Fritzsche has drawn in this vital extra resource in his preface.
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Between Two Homelands: Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany by Hedda Kalshoven,Peter Fritzsche