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

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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.


Published in the USA as When I Was a German.





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ebook, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Transworld Digital
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David Lowther
Oct 28, 2016 David Lowther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christabel Bielenberg was a niece to the notorious Daily Mail owner Lord Northcliffe, a confidant of arch appeaser David Astor and had a very privileged upbringing but was an astonishingly remarkable woman despite this unpromising background.

This twin volumed memoir tells of her life in Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945 and continues with her post war struggles before she and her family finally settle in Ireland. She shines through the pages as being totally decent, brave, a fabulous mother and hus
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Beverly
Apr 08, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was surprised to learn Christabel came from a fairly privileged background and rubbed elbows with some important Germans. I had the idea she was just an everyday Berlin hausfrau but she seems to have managed to get away from Berlin quite a bit. Interesting, though.

Would have been nice to see photos of the period.
Robert
Nov 13, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting insight into this time and place. Some part of general family history not so interesting for me.
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Christabel Bielenberg (18 June 1909 – 2 November 2003) was a British writer who was married to a German lawyer, Peter Bielenberg. She described her experiences living in Germany during the Second World War in two books: The Past is Myself (1968) and The Road Ahead. She was educated at St Margaret's School, Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Christabel Mary Burton was born in Hertfordshire to Anglo-Irish parent
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