Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood

Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood

Joachim C. Fest


One of the New York instances Books Review's 100 remarkable Books of 2014!

A portrait of an intellectually rigorous German family adversarial to the Nazis and the way its contributors suffered for his or her political stance

Few writers have deepened our knowing of the 3rd Reich up to German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached hundreds of thousands of readers round the global. Born in 1926, Fest skilled firsthand the increase of the Nazis, the second one global warfare, and a catastrophically defeated Germany, hence changing into an essential witness to those tricky years.

In this memoir of his youth and formative years, Fest bargains a far-reaching view of the way he skilled the conflict and nationwide Socialism. precise to the German Bildung tradition, Fest grows up immersed within the works of Goethe, Schiller, Mörike, Rilke, Kleist, Mozart, and Beethoven. His father, a conservative Catholic instructor, opposes the Nazi regime and for that reason loses his activity and prestige. Fest is compelled to maneuver to a boarding tuition within the nation-state that he despises, and in his attempt to come back to phrases with his father’s powerful political convictions, he embarks on a tireless quest for wisdom and ethical integrity that may form the remainder of his lifestyles and writing occupation.

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