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Ernestine Amy Buller
Finsternis in Deutschland. Was die Deutschen dachten.
Interviews einer Engländerin 1934-1938

© Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, München, 2016 Ernestine Amy Buller: Finsternis in Deutschland. Was die Deutschen dachten. Interviews einer Engländerin 1934-1938 © Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, Munich, 2016In the years before the outbreak of war in 1939, Amy Buller organised Anglo-German study conventions, working towards a deeper understanding between the two countries in the hope that the war could still be avoided. She wrote her book with a view to a future where the darkness would have been dispelled. (…)
From today’s point of view, the value of the book lies neither in the author’s Christian-influenced hopes for the future nor in her evaluation of Hitler and his movement, but in the authentic voices Amy Buller cites. (…) Many people have a sense of foreboding, but cannot know that everything will turn out much worse than they fear. That makes her records all the more poignant. Although Amy Buller also talks to officials loyal to the regime and to glowing supporters of Hitler, whom she tries to bring to reason with her down-to-earth British attitudes, the potpourri of statements contradicts the idea of a nation of willing executioners. Rather, the individual fates clearly show the difficult circumstances under which normal citizens who took a critical attitude to the “Nazi spectre” lived their daily lives, often at considerable personal risk.

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Ernestine Amy Buller
Finsternis in Deutschland. Was die Deutschen dachten. Interviews einer Engländerin 1934-1938
Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag, Munich, 2016
ISBN 978-3-9455-4309-2
352 pages


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