Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen


Born
in Poland
August 11, 1884

Died
February 16, 1945


Friedrich Percival Reck-Malleczewen was a German author.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Reck was also a novelist, mainly of children's adventure stories. One book, Bomben auf Monte Carlo, has been filmed twice. Many of his books were banned by the Nazis, and more were not published until years after his death. Today his best known work is Diary Of A Man In Despair (Tagebuch eines Verzweifelten), his journal of life under Nazi rule (which he vehemently opposed), which was published in English translation by Paul Rubens in 1970.

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Diary of a Man in Despair

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“Once, in the South Atlantic, I saw a whaler in the process of killing a female accompanied by one of her offspring. The harpooner, a red-bearded Irishman, kept putting harpoons into the whale. The intestines were hanging out of the mangled body of the huge animal, and nevertheless it continued to swim back and forth in the water made red by its blood, trying with its shattered body to shield the little whale. Since then, and the sight of that harpooner's freckled face as he laughed derisively, and of that poor creature, faithful to the end, I have believed in the existence of Satan as I believe in the existence of God.”
Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen, Diary of a Man in Despair

“But we must be completely clear...if nationalism is truly the hallmark of a people in the prime of its youth and energies, how does it happen that under its aegis morality decays, ancient customs die out---that men are uprooted, the steadfast derided, the thoughtful branded, the rivers poisoned, and the forests destroyed? Why, if this is a high watermark of our national life, has our speech been vulgarized in this unprecedented way?”
Freidrich Reck-Malleczewen, Diary of a Man in Despair

“Really, this people, only yesterday so intelligent and discerning, seem to have been overcome by a disease of the mind”
Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen

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