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Voices from the past describe Nazi Germany

By Jan Gardner
July 11, 2010

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Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, Albert Camus, W.E.B. DuBois, and dozens of other writers spent time in Nazi Germany. Their accounts (some previously unpublished) of what they saw and felt — collected in “Travels in the Reich, 1933-1945: Foreign Authors Report from Germany’’ (University of Chicago) — offer a composite portrait of the reality of life under Hitler. There is some naiveté in evidence, but what stand out are the chillingly prescient observations. Oliver Lubrich, a professor at Free University Berlin, has put together an important set of historical documents by some of the most important voices of the time. JAN GARDNER