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The Past is Myself & The Road Ahead Omnibus: When I Was a German, 1934-1945


The Past is Myself & The Road Ahead Omnibus: When I Was a German, 1934-1945

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    Christabel Bielenberg(Author)
The Past is Myself
Christabel Bielenberg, a niece of Lord Northcliffe, married a German lawyer in 1934. She lived through the war in Germany, as a German citizen under the horrors of Nazi rule and Allied bombings. The Past is Myself is her story of that experience - and an unforgettable portrait of an evil time.

The Road Ahead
Following the extraordinary success of her wartime memoir, The Past is Myself, Christabel Bielenberg received thousands of letters from readers begging her to describe what happened next. In The Road Ahead she continues her story with the outbreak of peace - a time of struggle for reconciliation with, and the rebuilding of, a defeated nation. She also tells of life in her newly adopted country, Ireland, her involvement with the Peace Women of Northern Ireland, and with characteristic modesty and gratitude, looks back on a rich, full life.

Special omnibus edition - with newly discovered additional text - of the extraordinary wartime memoir The Past is Myself, and the sequel The Road Ahead.

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  • By Guest on 16 November 2015

    I found this book reasonably interesting as an account of an English woman living in Nazi Germany but it was difficult to get a real sense of the challenges and dangers faced. The appendices were much more lively and interesting, particularly the letters to friends and family, and it was a pity that, for me, this spirit wasn't reflected in the book itself.

  • By Yasmin Rogers on 12 September 2015

    This copy bught for my German mother who lived through this time as a child, who also had to somehow consolidate the early events of her life ...It gives a tragic and little known account of the suffering of the Germans who were against Hitler. The first of many books on this subject ...also available from Amazon but sadly remain untranslated from German into English. I would do it myself if I thought I would find a publisher.

  • By PALSPRO on 25 November 2013

    I read this book before (25 years ago) but having lost my original copy, I wanted to read it again and also the "add on", "The Road Ahead", which Christabel Bielenberg wrote much later. It's fascinating and thoroughly believable account of life under the Nazis.

  • By Briony Holyoake on 3 February 2017

    The true events as experienced by Christabel Beilenberg, intelligent educated English woman, married to a German man, pre WW2.She writes about the effects as time unfolds the realities of the Nazi party, the early emerging policies of Adolf Hitler, and how her family, her husband responded. Disagreeing with the politics, and "fighting back". I found the perspective helpful in balancing the Nazi regime, alongside ordinary intelligent German people. Always complex. I have not read the second book yet.

  • By nicky passaportis on 10 November 2013

    The first part - The Past is Myself - is absolutely gripping and makes the reader aware of all the horrors of finding oneself in a country under a severe dictatorship - the moral issue of whether to stay and try and do something, or run away, registers closely with anyone living under oppression as is happening in many African countries such as Zimbabwe

  • By Gabrielle Thomson on 26 December 2012

    Tnis is a beautifully written, very personal book. It evokes the dreadful strain of day to day iving under the Nazi yoke togerher with insights into the life of a woman, who managed, singlehandedlyand with great courage, to get her husband released from prison. The descriptions of living in Austria towards the end of the war, with all the stress entailed are remarkable.

  • By MS L MANBY on 9 June 2015

    Because History is usually written from an academic point-of-view, personal experiences and anecdotes are missing. This book, however, goes some way towards outlining the hardships, endurance & humanitarian (or not) qualities of many races and communities during wartime. There are also snippets of detail not previously known, such as the behaviour of French liberation forces & the divisions between different parts of Germany itself, despite Hitler's control.I recommend this book as a snapshot at a very personal level, of life in Europe during and soon after WW2.

  • By bella bell. on 23 June 2013

    I only read this as my book club suggested wasnt my choice but found it very interesting also very pleased that i did read it, now really enjoying the next bookThe Road Ahead.Worth reading.

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