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By Hedda Kalshoven,Peter Fritzsche

In 1920, on the age of 13, Irmgard Gebensleben first traveled from Germany to The Netherlands on a "war-children transport." She may later marry a Dutch guy and reside and lift her family members there whereas conserving with reference to her German friends and family during the common trade of letters. but in this interval geography used to be now not all that separated them. expanding divergence in political beliefs and eventual struggle among their nations intended letters contained not just family members information yet own views at the person, neighborhood, and nationwide offerings that may bring about the main harmful battle in history. 

This very important assortment, first assembled by way of Irmgard Gebensleben's daughter Hedda Kalshoven, supplies voice to boring Germans within the Weimar Republic and the 3rd Reich and within the occupied Netherlands. The correspondence among Irmgard, her neighbors, and 4 generations of her kin delve into their so much intimate and candid concepts and emotions in regards to the upward push of nationwide Socialism. The responses to the German invasion and career of the Netherlands reveal the deeply divided loyalties of the relatives and exhibit their makes an attempt to bridge them. Of specific price to historians, the letters evoke the writers' ideals and their figuring out of the occasions occurring round 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 via Peter Fritzsche with the assent and collaboration of Hedda Kalshoven. After the book's unique ebook the diary of Irmgard's brother and dependable Wehrmacht soldier, Eberhard, used to be found and edited by means of Hedda Kalshoven. Fritzsche has drawn in this very important extra resource in his preface.

 

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