News from the Berlin Homefront

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News from the Berlin Homefront Ursula von Kardorff (1944) Berlin, 31 May 1944 Pessimism is increasing. The Russian front is drawing closer. Where should my flight take me, I often ask myself, because I am prepared to flee. But for the time being we are still dancing on a stage that grows smaller and smaller and is surrounded by an abyss. Spent the day before yesterday with Ulrich Dortenbach in the Rose Theater. [Saw] Lessing's Miss Sara Simpson, starring Inge of Austria. This theater in the eastern section of the city, in the midst of the destroyed but, even in earlier times, desolate Frankfurter Allee, is one of the cheeriest showplaces in Berlin. Workers, craftsmen, housewives, and the businessmen who live in this section have had season tickets for decades. Here one is able to find a piece of the Berlin of old, no "class-conscious proletarians," no KdF [ Kraft durch Freude, Strength Through Joy] functions, no termites, only individual human beings. Hauptmann, Ibsen, Schiller, Shakespeare, and good old burlesque are on the program. Never trash and
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Michaelg.smith during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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