Darkness over Germany A warning from history

E. Amy Buller, 1891-1974

Book - 2018

"A lesson from history that is needed today more than ever. Darkness over Germany delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. In this powerful book, a pioneering young woman, Amy Buller, recounts the hopes and fears of Germans engulfed in the rise of fascism during the 1930s. During the years leading up to the outb...reak of war, Buller defied her critics and social norms by leading delegations of British intelligentsia to Germany to learn about and confront the appeal of the Nazis. The book speaks of how Hitler and the Nazis stripped the German people of their freedoms and oppressed them, and how young people were swept along with the tide of hate. It tells the stories of the Germans whom Buller met, including their positivity about the forces uniting the country, and their terror that Hitler was the man at the helm. Darkness over Germany is Amy Buller's recollection of these unlikely encounters and her analysis of how National Socialism took hold. It tells a remarkable and largely forgotten story of British-German relations in the 1930s. The book speaks resonantly of the need to stay vigilant and maintain dialogue in times of change and discord." --

Saved in:

2nd Floor Show me where

943.086/Buller
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
2nd Floor 943.086/Buller Checked In
Subjects
Published
Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc 2018.
Language
English
Item Description
Published simultaneously in Great Britain by Arcadia Books.
"Originally published by Longmans, Green and Co. 1943"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description
xl, 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781623719968
1623719968
Main Author
E. Amy Buller, 1891-1974 (author)
Other Authors
Kurt Barling (writer of foreword), Edmund Newell (writer of afterword)
  • The dilemma of a German teacher
  • A Catholic priest faces conflict
  • German officer on counteracting Nazi teaching
  • German officer and alternatives to Hitler
  • German officer after Munich
  • Nazi labour front
  • German women oppose Nazi education
  • I
  • German women oppose Nazi education
  • II
  • German Foreign Office proper
  • Von Ribbentrop's Nazi Foreign Office
  • Dilemma of a civil servant and young German airman
  • The courage of children who opposed Nazis
  • In the early days
  • a study in contrasts
  • Tribute to Ambassador
  • The tragedy of the unemployed student
  • A professor meets the SS at midnight
  • The professor discusses Nazi philosophy and students
  • I
  • The professor discusses Nazi philosophy and students
  • II
  • Austrian priest and Nazi heresies
  • Two sides of the same story
  • Hitler judged and Lutheran pastors
  • Swiss barrister and Nazi mythology in western civilization
  • A traitor to himself
  • Religious foundations of Nazi speeches
  • Nuremberg
  • Hitler.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This reissue of Buller's 1943 publication could not be more timely or relevant. Kurt Barling's 2017 foreword summarizes Buller's thesis: postwar peace must be contemplated during the war, making talking to the enemy a necessity. A British national with personal and professional connections in Nazi Germany, Buller dedicated her life to education and discourse, both verbal and written. She sought to understand how ordinary Germans came to their decisions while the Nazis were in power and challenged representations of German citizens that did not include nuance, intelligence, and struggle. A German educator chose to stay in a school run by Nazis who taught falsehood and prejudice in hopes of counterteaching. The publisher of a Catholic paper endured Nazi censorship rather than have the paper permanently banned, reasoning that people facing ever-increasing oppression would benefit more from edited faith than nothing. Buller's extraordinary work was to engage in conversations, transcribe them, and allow German voices to speak for themselves. She sought to complicate the convenient, dualistic narrative that the righteous Brits were fighting the universally bad Nazis. These testimonials have much to teach modern-day readers, as does Buller's belief that postwar healing had to come from within Germany. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A LESSON FROM HISORY THAT IS NEEDED TODAY MORE THAN EVER Darkness over Germany delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. In this powerful book, a pioneering young woman, Amy Buller, recounts the hopes and fears of Germans engulfed in the rise of fascism during the 1930s. During the years leading up to the outbreak of war, Buller defied her critics and social norms by leading delegations of British intelligentsia to Germany to learn about and confront the appeal of the Nazis. The book speaks of how Hitler and the Nazis stripped the German people of their freedoms and oppressed them, and how young people were swept along with the tide of hate. It tells the stories of the Germans whom Buller met, including their positivity about the forces uniting the country, and their terror that Hitler was the man at the helm. Darkness over Germany is Amy Buller’s recollection of these unlikely encounters and her analysis of how National Socialism took hold. It tells a remarkable and largely forgotten story of British-German relations in the 1930s. The book speaks resonantly of the need to stay vigilant and maintain dialogue in times of change and discord.