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5.0 out of 5 stars
Robert Powell, 7 Sept. 2012
"Not Me" is the autobiography of Joachim Fest covering his childhood in Berlin during the Weimar Republic and his adolescence under the Third Reich. As the social history of a particular time and place, with echoes of the old Prussia and a time when German and Yiddish were spoken from the Baltic to the Black Sea: fascinating. As an insight into human nature: both depressing and uplifting at the same time. It's a tale of integrity and decency in a world where most will make their own compromises with evil. The title comes, apparently, from Fest's father's maxim, taken from Matthew's gospel: "Others betray you, not I". Fest's father lost his job as a school headmaster for refusing to join the National Socialists - a fact which gives more than a hint about the way things go for the family. If you read just one book this year . . . . . .