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Between two homelands : letters across the borders of Nazi Germany / edited by Hedda Kalshoven ; translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans and from the German by Peter Fritzsche ; preface by Peter Fritzsche.

Publication | Digitized | Library Call Number: DJ92.G45 I3813 2014

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    "In 1920, at the age of thirteen, Irmgard Gebensleben first traveled from Germany to the Netherlands on a "war-children transport." She would marry a Dutch man and live and raise her family there while keeping close to her German family and friends through the frequent exchange of letters. Yet during this period geography was not all that separated them. Increasing divergence in political opinions and eventual war between their countries meant letters contained not only family news but personal perspectives on the individual, local, and national choices that would result in the most destructive war in history. This important collection, first assembled by Irmgard Gebensleben's daughter Hedda Kalshoven, gives voice to ordinary Germans in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich and in the occupied Netherlands. The correspondence between Irmgard, her friends, and four generations of her family delve into their most intimate and candid thoughts and feelings about the rise of National Socialism. The responses to the German invasion and occupation of the Netherlands expose the deeply divided loyalties of the family and reveal their attempts to bridge them. Of particular value to historians, the letters evoke the writers' beliefs and their understanding of the dramatic events happening around them. This first English translation of Ik denk zoveel aan jullie: Een briefwisseling tussen Nederland en Duitsland, 1920-1949 has been edited, abridged, and annotated by Peter Fritzsche with the assent and collaboration of Hedda Kalshoven. After the book's original publication, the diary of Irmgard's brother (and loyal Wehrmacht soldier), Eberhard, was discovered and edited by Kalshoven. Fritzsche has drawn on this important additional source in his preface, and the main text includes excerpts from the diary."--Page 4 of cover.
    Uniform Title
    Ik denk zoveel aan jullie. English.
    Format
    Book
    Published
    Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
    Locale
    Netherlands
    Germany
    Deutschland
    Niederlande
    Edition
    English edition
    Contents
    Preface / by Peter Fritzsche
    Introduction
    Note to the American edition
    To Holland (1920-1929)
    The parents (1929-1937)
    The grandmother (1938-1940)
    The brother (1940-1944)
    The others (1945-1949)
    In closing
    Family trees.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kalshoven, Hedda, 1930- editor.
    Velmans, Hester, translator.
    Fritzsche, Peter, 1959- translator, writer of preface.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Preface / by Peter Fritzsche -- Introduction -- Note to the American edition -- To Holland (1920-1929) -- The parents (1929-1937) -- The grandmother (1938-1940) -- The brother (1940-1944) -- The others (1945-1949) -- In closing -- Family trees.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9780252038303
    0252038304
    9780252079856
    025207985X
    Additional Form
    Electronic version(s) available internally at USHMM
    Physical Description
    xxxiv, 253 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm

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