RICHARD JANTHUR

Richard Janthur (1883-1956).

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LET’S REMEMBER A NOBODY

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Herbert Gutjahr (1911-1944).

The nephew of the deputy Gauleiter of Berlin joined the NSDAP and the SA in 1931. He studied law since the summer semester 1930 in Berlin, put in his apprenticeship exam in April 1935 and later became assistant to Carl Schmitt. He led in 1932 and 1933 as head of the circle X (Berlin / Brandenburg) of the German student body, the Berlin student body. In 1933, Gutjahr was a leader in the book burning in Berlin. He gave a speech to the students present and to the crowd present before the beginning of the book burning.

Gutjahr said: “We have turned our actions against the un-German spirit. I turn everything un-German over to the fire!”

Gutjahr was from 1933 together with Kurt Jewan crucially involved in the reconstruction of the University of Berlin in the sense of National Socialist ideology and held various offices in the student body. With the foundation of the new National Socialist-led student body and its subgroups in the individual faculties, the German Student Union and the NSDStB under the leadership of Gutjahr and Jewan took decisive political influence. Thus Gutjahr played an essential role in whether scientists could continue their academic career in National Socialism.

Gutjahr later joined the SS. During his time as assistant to Carl Schmitt, he worked as an informer for the security service. Gutjahr was since 1939 a soldier in the Wehrmacht, last as a captain in an infantry division. He died on 12 March 1944 in Ukraine from a war injury.

What a life :/

READING

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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is considered the best of the series of novels that Bassani produced about the lives of Italian Jews in the northern Italian city of Ferrara. Although the novel focuses on the relationships between the major characters, the shadow of creeping fascism, especially the racial laws that restricted Jews’ participation in Italian society, looms over all the novel’s events. According to Bassani, one hundred and eighty-three Jews living in Ferrara were deported to German concentration camps in 1943.

MASTER AND MAN

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“Before he died he asked his wife’s forgiveness and forgave her for the cooper.
He also took leave of his son and grandchildren, and died sincerely glad that
he was relieving his son and daughter-in-law of the burden of having to
feed him, and that he was now really passing from this life of which
he was weary into that other life which every year and every hour grew
clearer and more desirable to him. Whether he is better or worse off
there where he awoke after his death, whether he was disappointed or
found there what he expected, we shall all soon learn.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), “Master and Man”, 1895.

HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR

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It was 1929. The child peered out of his window in Munich and watched the future chancellor of Germany step out of a black automobile. Hitler glanced up and made eye contact with the boy. That was when the boy’s nanny, Rosie, slammed the window shut and made him go to bed.

More about the book HERE.

CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986).

Christopher Isherwood & W. H. Auden.

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Jean Ross.

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“Christopher and His Kind”, 2011.
Directed by Geoffrey Sax.