I am really enjoying this book. The mixture of actual broadcasts and publications followed by Kellner’s comments is very well balanced. It is fairly hard going but worth the effort. My only criticism is that the book is so physically heavy. I have to put it on a stand to read it.
My goodness, what brave people Mr and Mrs Kellner were. This book gives a fascinating view of life in Nazi Germany, and how effective Goebbels' propaganda was. I am surprised that this book is not more widely known. This is essential reading for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of everyday life in wartime Germany.
This new English translation 'My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner - A German against the Third Reich' is interesting in that Kellner extracted items from German newspapers and magazines, pasted them into his book and made personal comments on them. The original German edition contains over 500 of these extracts but this English edition contains them selectively, you do however, get copies of some of his handwritten notes. He reveals a great deal about atrocities which were going on in various places including Poland thus making the book an instrumental record of opinion at the time. I rate it highly and it is good that it is now available in English. Some other books on this subject which I have read are: Those by Hans Fallada, especially Nightmare in Berlin, the diaries of Victor Klemperer 1933-41 and 1942-45, also the autobiography of Hildegarde Knef 'The Gift Horse: Report on a Life' in which she writes about her childhood as a native German in Berlin during Nazi rule and her unwillingness to conform to the new norms of the period.