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    When you grow up in Germany & go through the school system in Germany, you will cover the Third Reich several times.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    In history we went through it at least twice; in German we talked about it when we read short stories and poetry.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    In English we read Morton Rue's THE WAVE. When Schindler's List came out, our teacher took us to the cinema to watch it.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    When we were 15 or 16, our history teacher showed us the German anti-war film Die BrΓΌcke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Br%C3…

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    One of our class excursions took us to the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt & another one to a concentration camp.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    In Germany, you don't have the luxury of telling yourself (& your children), "It can't happen in our country."

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    So we not only learnt about the horrors of Nazi Germany, but we also learnt about the mechanics of 1930s society.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    We learnt how vulnerable democracy is & how easily it is brought down.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    We learnt that something like the Holocaust doesn't start with concentration camps & murdering people, but that it starts much earlier.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    It starts with speech that is aimed at dehumanizing a whole group of people.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Another thing we learnt was what life was like in Nazi Germany. Let me tell you it's fucking terrifying how easily such a system is erected

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    & maintained. You used to belong to the wrong party? You are arrested. You tell the wrong kind of joke? You are arrested.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You want your son to get an apprenticeship in the big factory that is the biggest employer in your small town? He better belongs to the HJ

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    (That's the reason why my grandfather joined the Hitler Youth.)

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Oh, and what about your daughter? Is she a member of the BDM? And if she isn't, why isn't she??

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    If you want to be a teacher? Well, you better belong to The Party then.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    On Stew Sunday, expect somebody from the Party to show up at your flat / your house. They'll want to make sure that you really have stew &

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    that you donate what you would have spend on a Sunday roast to the effort to make your country great again.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    (And if you don't have stew, you better come up with a good explanation.)

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You want to be a folklorist? I hear our great Germanic roots are all the rage now. Better work on that. Go look for some runes.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You want to work as an author? Well, if you were critical of the members of our party before we came to power, we'll burn your books

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    (Naturally, you won't be allowed to publish anything new.)

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You ran a youth organization in the 1920s? Naturally that will be merged with the new national youth organizations.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    But hey, those two new national youth organizations (the Hitlerjugend & the Bund Deutscher MΓ€del) are pretty awesome.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    I mean, yes, there is a bit of political indoctrination, but you get to do exciting things; you get to go on excursion & on holidays.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You are being made feel part of a group - and we all know how powerful this feeling is, right?

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Imagine living in such a country. Imagine living in a country where your children are being taught to inform on you & their teachers.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Imagine living in a country where your neighbors might inform on your if you make fun of the political leadership of your country.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Imagine watching your neighbor, a prominent member of the Socialist Democratic Party, being picked up by the police to be brought to a camp

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Imagine watching an angry mob destroy the shop of your Jewish neighbor.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Would you have enough courage to speak up in such a situation, knowing the mob might turn against you? What would happen to your family?

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Or would you be part of that mob? Because being part of a group makes you feel powerful and important.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Would you be part of the bystanders cheering them on? Because at least when they are turning on others, they are not turning on you.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Or are you sitting in your flat at the end of the street, with the windows closed & your hands over your ears bec gosh, you just want to get

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    on with your life, & surely it can't get any worse, & it's easier not to look too closely at the bad things that are happening to other pple

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    You know, from our perspective, it's so easy to say, "I would have resisted. I would have spoken up."

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    But until you've lived in such a system, until you've found yourself in a similar situation, you cannot know for sure.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    If you'd like to read an account of life in Nazi Germany, I can recommend Anna Seghers' novel The Seventh Cross.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Anna Seghers (Netty Reiling) was from a Jewish family in Mainz. Much of her work throws a critical light on society.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    She joined the German Communist Party in 1928, and became a prominent member of the left political & literary scene in the Weimarer Republik

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    For this very reason, she was in immediate danger when the Nazis came to power, and she & her husband fled from Germany in 1933.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    For the next few years, the family lived in Paris, where she still received letters from friends & family.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    It was there that she started to work on THE SEVENTH CROSS, which is subtitled "A Novel from Nazi Germany"

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    She probably finished the novel in late 1938 / early 1939, & she tried to find a publisher for it

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    As war broke out, she and her children had to flee from Paris, while her husband was held in an internment cap.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Eventually, she managed to get a residence permit for Mexico, which meant that her husband was allowed to leave the camp

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    They left from Marseille, which was the only port from which refugees could still get out of France.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    (At this point she no longer had any manuscript of The Seventh Cross in her possession.)

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    The family's journey didn't take them to Mexico directly, but to various different ports. At some point, they ended up on Ellis Island.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    And they weren't allowed to leave & enter the USA. Their situation was rather desperate at this point.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    However, they were allowed to receive visitors, and one of them was Segher's agent Maxim Lieber, who came with a publishing contract

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    from Little, Brown and Company for the English translation of The Seventh Cross. The novel was published in the USA in October 1942.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    Meanwhile, Seghers & her family had finally been able to leave Ellis Island and travel on to Mexico.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    The first German edition of The Seventh Cross was released in early 1943 by the Mexican publisher El Libro Libre.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    The Seventh Cross is set in the mid-1930s and tells the story of 7 who manage to flee from the concentration camp Westhofen (which is based

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    on the concentration camp Osthofen that existed from 1933-34 and was situated near Worms). The commander of the camp has seven crosses

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    erected in the main courtyard of the camp & has the men/bodies that are brought back tied to these crosses.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    The central character is Georg, one of the men who fled from the camp. But the novel doesn't just tell the reader about his flight,

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    it's also about the different people Georg meets; people from all social classes; people who are prepared to help him directly or indirectly

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    and people who would like nothing better than to turn him in. The story is also about Georg's old friends & his family.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    When they hear of the flight of seven men from Westhofen, many of them wonder if Georg might be one of the seven.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    As a result, many of them try to find ways how they might help him, while others - notably his younger brother, whom he loves v much - are

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    determined to turn him in. The longer Georg's cross in Westhofen remains empty, the greater becomes the challenge he presents

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    The Seventh Cross is a brilliant, gripping novel that presents you with a detailed picture of what life was like in Nazi Germany in 1930s

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    And that is all. Thank you to everybody who has followed me through this thread. β™₯

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    P.S.: And in case anybody is wondering, I'm frigging terrified because we currently see the rise of right-wing parties & rhetoric in many

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    parts of Europe (including Germany with the ghastly AfD) as well as a move towards authoritarianism in several western countries.

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    Dr. Sandra Schwab πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ‰πŸ“š

    And on some days it feels as if the dark is rising and is about to swallow us all up.

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