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This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945. After the horrors of the war, Victor and Eva’s return to their Dresden home seems like a fairytale. Victor tries to resume his distinguished academic career and joins East Germany’s Communist Party.

This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945. In 1951, Eva dies; a year later, aged 70, Victor marries a student-an unlikely but successful love match. But with the growing repression of the Communist Party, and the memory of those who did not survive, Victor’s achievements ring hollow. Politics, he comes to believe, is, above all, the choice of the lesser evil

This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945

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His journals, published in Germany in 1995, detailed his life under the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and.

His journals, published in Germany in 1995, detailed his life under the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and the German Democratic Republic. Those covering the period of the Third Reich have since become standard sources and have been extensively quoted by Saul Friedländer, Michael Burleigh, Richard J. Evans, and Max Hastings.

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The Lesser Evil: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1945-59 abridged and translated by Martin Chalmers 500pp, Weidenfeld, £25. "No twenty-year-old can be half as hungry for life," writes Victor Klemperer in June 1945. In their mid-60s, Klemperer and his wife Eva emerge from the "endless length of our slavery" into the semblance of a fairy-tale ending. The fire-bombing of Dresden saved Klemperer by a hair's breadth from deportation and death along with the remnant of the city's Jewish community.

The third and final volume of the diaries of Victor Klemperer, a Jew in Dresden who survived the war and whose diaries have been hailed as one of the 20th century's most important chronicles. This volume opens in June 1945

The third and final volume of the diaries of Victor Klemperer, a Jew in Dresden who survived the war and whose diaries have been hailed as one of the 20th century's most important chronicles. This volume opens in June 1945. The immediate postwar period produces many shocks and revelations - some people have behaved better than Klemperer had believed, others much worse. His sharp observations are now turned on the East German Communist Party, which he himself joins, and he notes many similarities between Nazi and Communist behaviour

This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945. In 1951, Eva dies; a year later, aged 70, Victor marries a student an unlikely but successful love match. Politics, he comes to believe, is, above all, the choice of the lesser evil. His sharp observations are now turned on the East German Communist Party, which he himself joins, and he notes many similarities between Nazi and Communist behaviour.

The third and final volume of the diaries of Victor Klemperer a Jew in Dresden who survived the war and whose diaries have been hailed as one of the 20th century's most important chronicles.

Gifts & Registry. The third and final volume of the diaries of Victor Klemperer a Jew in Dresden who survived the war and whose diaries have been hailed as one of the 20th century's most important chronicles.

This final volume of Victor Klemperer’s diaries opens in 1945. After the horrors of the war, Victor and Eva’s return to their Dresden home seems like a fairytale. Victor tries to resume his distinguished academic career and joins East Germany’s Communist Party. In 1951, Eva dies; a year later, aged 70, Victor marries a student—an unlikely but successful love match. But with the growing repression of the Communist Party, and the memory of those who did not survive, Victor’s achievements ring hollow. Politics, he comes to believe, is, above all, the choice of “the lesser evil.” A masterpiece both of Holocaust literature and memoir.

The Lesser Evil: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1945-59 epub download

ISBN13: 978-1842127438

ISBN: 1842127438

Author: Victor Klemperer

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Historical

Language: English

Publisher: Orion Publishing; Abridged edition edition (June 1, 2004)

Pages: 637 pages

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Marr
The lesser evil in the title is not the lesser evil consistently repeated by Viktor Klemperer in his diary at the end of his life. He is referring to East Germany, a lesser evil than the West. Most readers and the publishers as well would think of comparisons to the Holocaust. Klemperer forgets the past in a hurry and focuses on the political tie to his professional career, including some sparse use of the word “comrade”. I have finished reading a classic and an epic. Klemperer is as unhappy after World War II and with his first wife or second wife as he was living in the Jews’ house and losing his career. He is tired, and so there is no surprise on page 177 with “I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well” from Henry IV, Act V.
The politics are specifically confusing, but the overall impression is clear, that out of the ruins there would be a divergence of economic theories and historical interpretations preying upon a defeated people, some of whom throughout 1946 and 1947 pose a most interesting storyline, which is the character reference needed by Germans from Jews in the eyes of the Russian occupying force. A price to pay to the occupiers: “Very great tension between KPD and SPD … very many nasty goings-on,” which evidently was affected by the same anti-Semitism of the past. But almost none of this book is about Jewish persecution; it is as much about the philo-Semitism Klemperer claims to hate. For their part, the Russians are mostly to become thieves, having for example “removed crateloads of treasures” and also food from the starving. This came from a particular trip on page 213 to Leipzig, where 30% of infants dying was too few for a Russian military leader. But “there was no gassing,” says Klemperer.
Klemperer’s academic heroes would be Rousseau and Voltaire. His career returns to him, basically in the same proportion as returned access to transportation. Eva is always a footnote; while alive and sometimes productive even, she is only a mute portrait somewhere on the wall. She is senile on June 8, 1948, and therefore Klemperer is free to repeat how guilty he is. But I don’t believe they fought or drifted so much from each other, since when Klemperer says she sacrificed a prolific career for his, she was stuck with him, he is only expressing the pessimism that follows him at every turn. “Vanitas” becomes a fixture for years in his entries.
America is all but omitted, just as much as reflection about persecution as a Jew. At the end of 1950, he states views that will fade before death, “I want to be a Communist, I want to go with the SED … what they do in the cultural area is often so fundamentally wrong. Only: what is done in the West is 1000 X more odious still.” In 500 pages of reading, I cannot understand what he meant. Perhaps one moment of humor is on page 403: “The broad Danube impresses me. But it is not blue here either.”
Always go back to page 454 for the ghost. And about Anne Frank, circa 1956, she is unimpressive and “vain and silly” in her writing, but Klemperer later says that the staged version “shook him” very much.
Marr
The lesser evil in the title is not the lesser evil consistently repeated by Viktor Klemperer in his diary at the end of his life. He is referring to East Germany, a lesser evil than the West. Most readers and the publishers as well would think of comparisons to the Holocaust. Klemperer forgets the past in a hurry and focuses on the political tie to his professional career, including some sparse use of the word “comrade”. I have finished reading a classic and an epic. Klemperer is as unhappy after World War II and with his first wife or second wife as he was living in the Jews’ house and losing his career. He is tired, and so there is no surprise on page 177 with “I would it were bed-time, Hal, and all well” from Henry IV, Act V.
The politics are specifically confusing, but the overall impression is clear, that out of the ruins there would be a divergence of economic theories and historical interpretations preying upon a defeated people, some of whom throughout 1946 and 1947 pose a most interesting storyline, which is the character reference needed by Germans from Jews in the eyes of the Russian occupying force. A price to pay to the occupiers: “Very great tension between KPD and SPD … very many nasty goings-on,” which evidently was affected by the same anti-Semitism of the past. But almost none of this book is about Jewish persecution; it is as much about the philo-Semitism Klemperer claims to hate. For their part, the Russians are mostly to become thieves, having for example “removed crateloads of treasures” and also food from the starving. This came from a particular trip on page 213 to Leipzig, where 30% of infants dying was too few for a Russian military leader. But “there was no gassing,” says Klemperer.
Klemperer’s academic heroes would be Rousseau and Voltaire. His career returns to him, basically in the same proportion as returned access to transportation. Eva is always a footnote; while alive and sometimes productive even, she is only a mute portrait somewhere on the wall. She is senile on June 8, 1948, and therefore Klemperer is free to repeat how guilty he is. But I don’t believe they fought or drifted so much from each other, since when Klemperer says she sacrificed a prolific career for his, she was stuck with him, he is only expressing the pessimism that follows him at every turn. “Vanitas” becomes a fixture for years in his entries.
America is all but omitted, just as much as reflection about persecution as a Jew. At the end of 1950, he states views that will fade before death, “I want to be a Communist, I want to go with the SED … what they do in the cultural area is often so fundamentally wrong. Only: what is done in the West is 1000 X more odious still.” In 500 pages of reading, I cannot understand what he meant. Perhaps one moment of humor is on page 403: “The broad Danube impresses me. But it is not blue here either.”
Always go back to page 454 for the ghost. And about Anne Frank, circa 1956, she is unimpressive and “vain and silly” in her writing, but Klemperer later says that the staged version “shook him” very much.
Jonariara
This diary by Victor Klemperer represents the good Professor's private thoughts of life as he saw it in East Germany during the post war years of 1945 through 1959. Having been lucky enough to survive WWII as a Jew living in Germany, one would think that life in post war Germany would be much easier. At the end of the war Klemperer and his wife Eva found themselves in the American occupation sector. Despite being Jewish and with his hometown of Dresden almost completely destroyed, he insists on returning and living in the Russian East German sector.
As described in the diary, we see how Russia deals with the reeducation and punishment of Nazi's and how surviving Jews are upgraded in German society. Klemperer tells us of his re-installment as a full Professor and becomes a published Author and man of letters. During this post war period Klemperer becomes involved in Communist politics and asserts that life in the GDR (East Germany) is the lesser evil of the two Germanys during this "Cold War" period. It is this ongoing inner argument of which German government is right that puts Klemperer in the so called position of "between two stools", which means he can't please all the people he associates with because he seeks one true and benevolent entity but neither one really suffices.
Along with Klemperer's inner political torture, he has to deal with the death of his first wife Eva and the marriage to his very young wife Hadwig. Klemperer mentions death all during his 15 years of diary entries much as he did during his war entries. His health as he says was always bad, much as during the Nazi regime. In retrospect bad health or not, Klemperer lived over 78 years.
Klemperer shows his struggles and inner doubts along with his desire for fulfillment, vanity and the search for academic excellence. In many instances he is much too hard on himself. His diary marks the time of life in a Germany which no longer exists. In the end politics in Germany aggravated him to no end. In retrospect there really was no "lesser evil".
This last diary from Klemperer gives great insight from an educated man living behind the iron curtain. This is a fitting finale of a set of diaries on the order of Samuel Pepys.
Jonariara
This diary by Victor Klemperer represents the good Professor's private thoughts of life as he saw it in East Germany during the post war years of 1945 through 1959. Having been lucky enough to survive WWII as a Jew living in Germany, one would think that life in post war Germany would be much easier. At the end of the war Klemperer and his wife Eva found themselves in the American occupation sector. Despite being Jewish and with his hometown of Dresden almost completely destroyed, he insists on returning and living in the Russian East German sector.
As described in the diary, we see how Russia deals with the reeducation and punishment of Nazi's and how surviving Jews are upgraded in German society. Klemperer tells us of his re-installment as a full Professor and becomes a published Author and man of letters. During this post war period Klemperer becomes involved in Communist politics and asserts that life in the GDR (East Germany) is the lesser evil of the two Germanys during this "Cold War" period. It is this ongoing inner argument of which German government is right that puts Klemperer in the so called position of "between two stools", which means he can't please all the people he associates with because he seeks one true and benevolent entity but neither one really suffices.
Along with Klemperer's inner political torture, he has to deal with the death of his first wife Eva and the marriage to his very young wife Hadwig. Klemperer mentions death all during his 15 years of diary entries much as he did during his war entries. His health as he says was always bad, much as during the Nazi regime. In retrospect bad health or not, Klemperer lived over 78 years.
Klemperer shows his struggles and inner doubts along with his desire for fulfillment, vanity and the search for academic excellence. In many instances he is much too hard on himself. His diary marks the time of life in a Germany which no longer exists. In the end politics in Germany aggravated him to no end. In retrospect there really was no "lesser evil".
This last diary from Klemperer gives great insight from an educated man living behind the iron curtain. This is a fitting finale of a set of diaries on the order of Samuel Pepys.
Biaemi
I wasn't aware that Mr Klemperer had written a third volume of his journal so I was overjoyed to find and get this book. It arrived in excellent shape.
Biaemi
I wasn't aware that Mr Klemperer had written a third volume of his journal so I was overjoyed to find and get this book. It arrived in excellent shape.
melody of you
Primarily of interest to those people who have read volumes 1 and 2 (1933 to 1945) of Klemperer's diaries, and to those wanting an outsider's account of the post-war occupation and then development of East Germany.
melody of you
Primarily of interest to those people who have read volumes 1 and 2 (1933 to 1945) of Klemperer's diaries, and to those wanting an outsider's account of the post-war occupation and then development of East Germany.
Zyniam
He says it all.
Zyniam
He says it all.
krot
Prefer his first book. This a bit less compelling perhaps because the war had ended
krot
Prefer his first book. This a bit less compelling perhaps because the war had ended
Ahieones
I've been engrossed w these 3 volumes for months. I wish there were more public discussions on Klemperer's choice to live in and support East Germany. Why is he so critical of the (American) West? Is it because of the bombing of Dresden? He does mention his belief that there are a lot of ex-nazis employed in the West. Have the Soviets been that successful in their anti-american propaganda? He is so fearful (and disgusted) of even visiting the American sector, although soviet policies are militant and secretive (people suddenly disappearing, etc.) Most of his peers have relocated to the West, as have most family members. Some reviewers cite how he is a "big man" in the east now; he is able to reclaim his home, has money now, etc. He believes the Soviets are keeping the Nazi party from reforming.

Klemperer notes the similarities between Nazi and Soviet behavior in their exuberant clapping and stomping feet during useless, repetitive meetings. Also notes suppression of real news and harmless fiction books and movies. Manufacturing is shoddy, and there are food/goods shortages in the East.

His life under Nazi rule would suggest a brave man. I'm confused about his dogmatic refusal to even look into life and politics in the West. Comments and further discussion to this post are welcome. Kathy Brandt
Ahieones
I've been engrossed w these 3 volumes for months. I wish there were more public discussions on Klemperer's choice to live in and support East Germany. Why is he so critical of the (American) West? Is it because of the bombing of Dresden? He does mention his belief that there are a lot of ex-nazis employed in the West. Have the Soviets been that successful in their anti-american propaganda? He is so fearful (and disgusted) of even visiting the American sector, although soviet policies are militant and secretive (people suddenly disappearing, etc.) Most of his peers have relocated to the West, as have most family members. Some reviewers cite how he is a "big man" in the east now; he is able to reclaim his home, has money now, etc. He believes the Soviets are keeping the Nazi party from reforming.

Klemperer notes the similarities between Nazi and Soviet behavior in their exuberant clapping and stomping feet during useless, repetitive meetings. Also notes suppression of real news and harmless fiction books and movies. Manufacturing is shoddy, and there are food/goods shortages in the East.

His life under Nazi rule would suggest a brave man. I'm confused about his dogmatic refusal to even look into life and politics in the West. Comments and further discussion to this post are welcome. Kathy Brandt