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Munich 1919: Diary of a Revolution

ISBN: 978-1-5095-1058-0
220 pages
July 2017, Polity
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Munich 1919 is a vivid portrayal of the chaos that followed World War I and the collapse of the Munich Council Republic by one of the most perceptive chroniclers of German history. Victor Klemperer provides a moving and thrilling account of what turned out to be a decisive turning point in the fate of a nation, for the revolution of 1918-9 not only produced the first German democracy, it also heralded the horrors to come.

With the directness of an educated and independent young man, Klemperer turned his hand to political journalism, writing astute, clever and linguistically brilliant reports in the beleaguered Munich of 1919. He sketched intimate portraits of the people of the hour, including Erich Mühsam, Max Levien and Kurt Eisner, and took the measure of the events around him with a keen eye. These observations are made ever more poignant by the inclusion of passages from his later memoirs. In the midst of increasing persecution under the Nazis he reflected on the fateful year 1919, the growing threat of antisemitism, and the acquaintances he made in the period, some of whom would later abandon him, while others remained loyal.

Klemperer's account once again reveals him to be a fearless and deeply humane recorder of German history. Munich 1919 will be essential reading for all those interested in 20th century history, constituting a unique witness to events of the period.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. By Christopher Clark
Notes on the text
Munich 1919
Diary of a Revolution
Politics and the Bohemian World
February 1919
Two Munich Ceremonies
February 1919
Munich After Eisner s Assassination
February 22, 1919
The Events at the University of Munich
April 8, 1919
The Third Revolution in Bavaria
April 9, 1919
Revolutionary Diary
April 17, 1919
April 18, 1919
Revolutionary Diary
April 19, 1919
Revolutionary Diary
April 20, 1919
April 21, 1919
April 22, 1919
Revolutionary Diary
April 30, 1919
Revolutionary Diary
May 2, 1919
May 4, 1919
May 10, 1919
Munich Tragicomedy
January 17, 1920
The German Revolution of 1918-9. A Historical Essay. By Wolfram Wette
About this edition
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Author Information

Victor Klemperer was one of the most famous chroniclers of 20th century German history. His diaries, published in three volumes covering the Third Reich and its aftermath, are bestsellers and a standard source for historians of the period.
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"Klemperer guides us through the confusion of those troubled days in Munich with empathy, subtlety and a perceptive eye." - Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge, UK

"Klemperer has once again proven himself to be a brilliant reporter and an intelligent essayist. A sensational testimony. - Die Zeit

"With his talent for dramatic portrayals, for reflection, and his knack for boiling things down to their essence, Munich 1919 gives us a more intimate view of Klemperer than we've ever seen before." - Die Welt

"Klemperer's ability to grasp moods and attitudes has a truly Dickensian quality." - Los Angeles Times

"A message in a bottle, with real immediacy." - Sydney Morning Herald

A compelling chronicle" -  The Times Literary Supplement
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