The Ailing Empire: Germany from Bismarck to Hitler

The Ailing Empire: Germany from Bismarck to Hitler

by Sebastian Haffner, Jean Steinberg

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BN ID: 2940015111378
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 09/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 259
File size: 223 KB

About the Author

Sebastian Haffner was born in 1907 as Raimund Pretzel the last of four children. His father was headmaster of a Berlin school and a noted liberal school reformer. Pretzel studied law and received his doctorate in 1934. Although he was not Jewish he abandoned his planned career as a lawyer in public service when the Nazis came to power. Instead he worked as a non-political journalist.

In 1938 he and his pregnant fiancée, who was of Jewish descent and for that reason had been dismissed from her post as university librarian, managed to emigrate to the UK, where they were married. There he started to write a memoir about his youth in Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazis. The book (Defying Hitler) was abandoned at the outbreak of war and replaced by another (Germany, Jekyll and Hyde) offering an analysis of Germany for the benefit of the allies. This book, published under the pseudonym Sebastian Haffner which he used for the rest of his life, procured his release from internment in the Summer of 1940. In 1942 he became a journalist at the Observer and quickly made a reputation as a political thinker.

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