FRAGEBOGEN by Ernst von Salomon


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Answering the 131 questions of the Allied Military Government questionnaire offers von Salomon a brilliant chance to recall German history from 1918 up to the American occupation. In a backward and forward shuttling, his answers reflect not only his personal history, which included a trial for murder, jail, a mental institution, writing and moving picturs script work, and the conspiracy of ""resistance over teacups"", but the troubled and violent years of social and political upheaval; reflect too, and at length, his opinions, conclusions and comments in voluminous detail. His hopes of ""conservative revolution"", his part in the murder of Rath, his sketches of the Nazi leaders, his pictures of the S.S., his prison life and court room appearances, his wanderings and activities, make his report a roving one. His attack on Americans and their treatment of prisoners contains a deep bitterness. A big, sprawling book for the close follower of contemporary history, particularly German, rather than the average reader, this has many flashes of impudence, a sharp wit and a quick sleight of hand to enliven its serious accounting. A popular book in Germany, its American reception may be tempered with something less than praise.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1954
Publisher: Doubleday