Émigration Intérieure

As the Trump years finally come to an end, your host contemplates collective guilt and shame.

In 1945 Thomas Mann ignited a controversy when he wrote “there are not two Germanys, a good one and a bad one, but only one, whose best turned into evil through devilish cunning. Wicked Germany is merely good Germany gone astray, good Germany in misfortune, in guilt, and ruin.”  After the German writers Walter Von Molo and Frank Thieß accused Mann of disparaging the good German writers who crafted a space of inner emmigration, a space Hitler was unable to conquer Mann went further. He wrote,  “All books published in Germany between 1933 and 1945 should be pulped.”

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