"Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly": A Report on the Collapse of Hitler's "Thousand Years"

by Margaret Bourke-White

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THIS IS the story of the search for “Faceless Fritz”—the most difficult and frightening camera-hunt ever undertaken by ace photographer-reporter Margaret Bourke-White. “Fearless Fritz” was cable shorthand for one of several LIFE assignments that brought Miss Bourke-White and her camera to Germany some months before its fall. She was to pin down the private German citizens—to find out what kind of human being it was who, multiplied by millions, made up the Nazi terror. Was he cruel? Was he a villain? Or was he a jolly, gemutlich, beer-drinking, music-loving sentimentalist so many of us remembered, who had really been helpless in the power of a small gang of madmen?

By the time Margaret Bourke-White arrived in Germany on this mission, she had seen much death and danger. She had been in Moscow during its fiercest bombings. In Italy she had come closer to the enemy lines than any American woman before her. But it was in Germany that cold horror overtook her.

The Germany that Miss Bourke-White saw and recorded in this book puts to shame Dali’s most grotesque nightmares. It is a physical and spiritual chamber of horrors, a cuckoo-cloud land whose inhabitants live in a lost dream. They are the people whose faces are as usual and recognizable as neighbors’, but whose reactions do not seem to make sense.

“Dear Fatherland, Rest Quietly,” which was first published in 1946, takes its title from the words of the anthem, “Die Wacht am Rhein,” to which German soldiers have marched three times in the memory of many now living. It brings new light to bear on the German people—in the hope that through a more immediate understanding of them, a fourth march may be averted…

Richly illustrated throughout with 128 of her photographs, with detailed captions, forming an integral part of Margaret Bourke-White’s important report on conquered Germany.

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ISBN-13: 9781789122671
Publisher: Arcole Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 132 MB
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About the Author

Margaret Bourke-White (June 14, 1904 - August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She was best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the firsthand American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce’s LIFE magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover.

Born in New York in 1904, she graduated from Cornell University and began her career as a staff photographer in the early days of Fortune magazine, before becoming a photographer for LIFE magazine. Besides taking her camera over most of the globe, Miss Bourke-White also has two films to her credit: Eyes on Russia, which also appeared in book form, and Red Republic. She collaborated with Erskine Caldwell on three books: You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), North of the Danube (1939), and Say, Is This the U.S.A.? (1941).

During World War II she covered many war fronts for LIFE, including China, Russia, Africa, Italy, England and France, and wrote two books: Shooting the Russian War (1942) and Purple Heart Valley (1944).

Miss Bourke-White died of Parkinson’s disease in 1971, about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms.

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