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Shared memories of an earlier Europe - or one to come,
This review is from: The Past Is Myself (Paperback)
Having lived and worked in Germany from 1968 to 1993 my father gave me this book with the note that "I wish that everyone you know in Germany could read this".
Perhaps everyone everywhere should read this, for in simple langauge and with uncontrived telling, it shows how good and evil can co-exist anywhere - many a so-called democratic country is today only a hair's breath away from such falls from grace - and especially in the nightmare bureaucratic world that was National Socialist Germany.
Christabel Bielenberg's innocence and naivity and her innate sense that "everything will turn out all right in the end" take her on dangerous paths as her husband is arrested by the Gestapo and interrogated in Berlin, and she and her children make friends with villagers in the Black Forest.
Unlike most of their friends, who ended up beaten to death, hung, or shot against a wall in some German prison, they both lived into late old age and seem to have been rewarded with a happy life - after Germany.
A thrilling read, and it reminds me very much of my own time in that country: many things were unchanged 20 years after the end of the war. And this book should be taught in every school.