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The Past is Myself By Christabel Bielenberg,

  • Title: The Past is Myself
  • Author: Christabel Bielenberg
  • ISBN: 9780552990653
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christabel Bielenberg, a niece of Lord Northcliffe, married a German lawyer in 1934 She lived through the war in Germany, as a German citizen, under the horrors of Nazi rule and Allied bombings Closely associated with resistance circles, her husband was arrested after the failure of the plot against Hitler s life on 20th July 1944, and she herself was interrogated by theChristabel Bielenberg, a niece of Lord Northcliffe, married a German lawyer in 1934 She lived through the war in Germany, as a German citizen, under the horrors of Nazi rule and Allied bombings Closely associated with resistance circles, her husband was arrested after the failure of the plot against Hitler s life on 20th July 1944, and she herself was interrogated by the Gestapo Not only do we meet her friends whose tragic bravery shines from the book, but dozens of everyday Germans, from the simple minded Nazi official who was also her odd job gardener, to the good hearted Black Forest villagers who sheltered her till the liberation They are presented with humour and sympathy, allowing the reader a remarkable insight into their character All the haunting, then, is her night time encounter with an SS man from Riga who searches desperately for death on the battlefield The human dimension of her writing brings about an unforgettable portrait of an evil time.
    The Past is Myself Christabel Bielenberg a niece of Lord Northcliffe married a German lawyer in She lived through the war in Germany as a German citizen under the horrors of Nazi rule and Allied bombings Closel

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    1. This was a fascinating memoir from a slightly different perspective Though Christabel is English, she is married to a wonderful German man and spends the entirety of the war in Germany I readNot I by Joachim Fest last year and the perspective of a regular German family living in Nazi Germany was completely new viewpoint to me To be honest, it isn t easy for me to think warmly of Germany circa 1940 I don t hate Germans, but their fate never moved me in the same way as the Jewish, British, Polish, [...]

    2. Possibly the best memoir I have ever read, excepting maybe Out of Africa by Isak Dineson I found this book totally by chance at a used English bookstore in Italy and have now reread it probably four times It is absolutely thrilling The story of an English woman who marries a German man in the 30s and goes to live in Germany They have children and then the war descends It is a view of WWII that I believe is unique that of a woman essentially trapped behind enemy lines and just trying to survive a [...]

    3. This is an incredible book that tells the story of the author and her husband who lived in Nazi Germany during WWII The author was from England and married a German lawyer from Hamburg They really didn t think Hitler was going to go anywhere and by the time they realized he was it was too late to leave They suffered incredible hardships and deprivation While they were not directly involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler, some of their friends were As a result, her husband was arrested which u [...]

    4. Indrukwekkend autobiografisch verslag van een Engelse vrouw die in de jaren dertig met een Duitser trouwt Ze besluiten met hun gezin in Nazi Duitsland te blijven tijdens de oorlog en zijn zijdelings betrokken bij de aanslag op Hitlers leven Boeiend van de grote lijnen zoals lukt het om genoeg mensen bij elkaar te krijgen om Hitlers dictatuur omver te werpen wat is het nut van de geallieerde bombardementen tot de kleinste details Veel anecdotes uit haar eigen leven en dat van mensen die ze op all [...]

    5. After I came home with a reprinted book of letters from a mother in Germany during WWII to her family outside, my grandmother pointed this book my way More of an episodic narrative, this book is the memoirs of an English born woman who marries her German husband and they start a life together in 30 s Germany Not having been exposed to much than the usual extreme stories of WWII, it s just as fascinating and perhaps real to read a day to day account of a woman struggling to make the best of an [...]

    6. I bought this at a used book store in Scotland last year, but it is still available to buy Bielenberg gives a first hand account of life in Germany preceding and during WWII under Hitler s regime as a young Brit married to a non Nazi German husband The true story of their survival and the ethical dilemma of preserving their family amid a moral question of opposing the evil vs keeping alive is well told and fascinating.

    7. The author was an Englishwoman from a wealthy background who married a German liberal During the 1930s she lived a tranquil life in a small town in Germany raising her family.Her account of the Nazi years is chilling and the eloquence of the language is admirable An outstanding and very moving book.

    8. Really interesting, beautifully written, humane book by an englishwoman who marries a German and moves to Germany in the mid late 30s This talks about her experiences throughout the war etc Her follow up book is boring though Don t remember the name but i don t recommend it.

    9. A remarkable insight into life in Nazi Germany from the point of view of an English woman who married a German lawyer This is a truly stunning account of the war years from a German angle and showed the staunch opposition to Hitler that existed in the country One of the best memoirs I have ever read.

    10. Wow This was an eye opening read for me For one, I have definitely not read enough history, and especially not enough first hand accounts The beginning of the book threw me off a little because she seemed to be summarizing and hypothesizing about post war things, but a few chapters in she really begins speaking in a narrative way, which made sense seemed to flow better to me.I think one of the things that really drew me in to the book was how much I related to Chris I felt that if I had been i [...]

    11. The Past is Myself recounts the life of Christabel Bielenberg under the Third Reich Born Christabel Burton a niece of newspaper magnates Lords Rothermere and Northcliffe, she was named after the suffragette Christabel Pankhurst Christabel moved to Hamburg to study singing under Alma Schadow There she met Peter Bielenberg a 22 year old law student Neither had much interest in politics Indeed, on attending a Nazi rally Peter whispered to Christabel You may think that Germans are political idiots b [...]

    12. After reading some rather dire presentiments about the future of American democracy, I wanted to get a first hand account of what the rise of a fascist region felt like Having the perspective on a whip start British woman seemed like the next best thing to being there.Spoiler alert, Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler, and we are not on the verge of the collapse of American democracy Yet.A renewed faith in the strength of the republic notwithstanding, this is a tremendously well written account of [...]

    13. A memoir written by a Englishwoman married to a German citizen living in the Germany of World War II Being written by what to all intents and purposes was a foreign born citizen I was hoping that The Past Is Myself would provide a somewhat different perspective from the multitude of books written by soldiers both English and German , prisoners of war and the survivors of the Holocaust.And in some ways it did But not nearly a personal enough account I really wanted to know about the authors expe [...]

    14. Ever wondered how worthy you d be in the face of societal evil Christabel Bielenberg s memoir of living as an English woman who d married a German during WWII is one example She lived as well as she could and treasured every moment of humanity and fumed against numerous cruel acts perpetrated by all sides of the conflict The introduction revealed that her husband was released from prison At first, I cursed not saving the intro for last, just to avoid such spoilers, but as I reached her account o [...]

    15. This book has been staring at me from my in laws book shelves for 20 odd years but I d never got beyond musing about the slightly clumsy title Last year, reading in Life after Life the section where the heroine is braving allied bombing raids on Germany, I made a note to at last get beyond the title.There s some fine, precise writing in here, essentially a series of stories from different moments during the war Chris is focused on her children, while worrying about her husband, who is away from [...]

    16. Compelling account of living in Nazi Germany as a British woman married to a German Two aspects were engrossing First, there s an account of trying to survive and bring up children as daily life splinters and food clothes become impossible to obtain Christabel and the children go to a small village to live and she draws wonderful pictures of the people there.Secondly, because many of their friends were involved in the General s Revolt, her husband was arrested Her recounting of efforts to see hi [...]

    17. Recommended in the WSJ 11 2 13 by a writer, Susanna Moore, as one of the Five Best books about the unvanquished in war It may also have been included in the bibliography of some book I read on WW II perhaps Victor Klemperer s memoirs because I read this book and four or five other German WW II memoirs at about the same time in the summer of 2011 In any event, this is quite interesting memoirs of an English woman married to a German who rode out WW II in Germany She was friends of several people [...]

    18. I spent the first third of the book interested in what was happening, but not really engaged with the action because Christabel felt quite distant to me It was only when she, and those close to her, were in real danger that she seemed to throw off the reserve and I felt I could actually engage with her and was really swept along by her story.The book is very interesting as a piece written by someone who lived alongside the resistance movement in Germany during World War 2, it is also interesting [...]

    19. I read this book a long time ago as a young woman and found it fascinating We had studied the second world war in school but this book gives a different insight and provides a personal account of living in Germany during the Nazi years I think it got made into a tv drama at one point It s a great read if you re interested in the history of that period I m currently reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which is incredible and so far beyond five stars for the incredible depth and scope Thi [...]

    20. You may think that Germans are political idiots, Chris, he said very loudly and firmly, and you may be right, but one thing I can assure you, they won t be so stupid as to fall for that clown Three months later on January 30th, 1933, Hitler became Germany s Chancellor The book is outstanding for many reasons the writing is excellent, and the author gives an astute insight into the German character and why exactly Naziism happened There are many chilling moments, but the one that struck me the mo [...]

    21. This is such an interesting book, particularly for a British reader Christabel Bielenberg was an Englishwomen married to a German, and this is her account of WWII, living in Berlin and then the Black Forest There is some high drama, in particular the account of her husband s time in Ravensbruck, but a lot of the book is about her day to day experiences in wartime Germany and the stories of many ordinary Germans living through that time An interesting contrast to the many books about day to day l [...]

    22. It s a really fantastic book I learnt from this book about what happened during Hitler s rise to power and what it meant to live through fascism and a world war, than in all my school history What I learnt here will also stay with me forever We re all just people, just doing our best, and the blame game is not only boring but also very destructive I love history as the stories of ordinary people This and BBC s People s Century can replace my A Level History course, and most welcome

    23. Although highly readable I had difficulty in deciding exactly where the author stood politically and consciously An Irish English woman married to a German during World War Two Little, if any reference to The Holocaust and her apparant ability to move around Europe using contacts in high places only served to confound me.

    24. The last third of the book was gripping, but to get there you had to wade through a lot of trivial material written in a strangely dense and confused style For research purposes there was some good information in here But if I hadn t been doing research I m not sure I would have hung in to the end.

    25. Fantastic book, you feel there may be some post fact editorialising of the past, but it doesnt take away from the story and what she and her family had to go through When it is Compared to alone in berlin novel about the same time , the novel feels contrived than the actual true story.

    26. Difficult to commit to initially but ultimately a rewarding and highly personal view of an individual who was uniquely positioned to give a German s eye view of the second war from an alien s perspective.

    27. Excellent stuff This is the book the reading group should have picked I m almost tempted to urge everyone to read this It will change the way you think about the second world war and our German friends forever.

    28. Fascinating from a historical point of view as it paints a very vivid picture of everyday life in Nazi Germany Quite hard going to read at times though as she writes in very long, complicated sentences.

    29. An amazing insiders view of Germany during WWII by an English woman who married a German lawyer just before the war and spent the war in Germany.

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