Hans Keilson Herausgegeben von: Marita Keilson-Lauritz

Tagebuch 1944

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ISBN: 978-3-10-002238-7


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In 1936, the doctor and writer Hans Keilson was forced to leave Germany for the Netherlands, where he survived the war with a fake passport, sometimes in hiding. In 1944, he kept a diary, recording the experience of living underground and the frightening alienation towards his wife and child. He also wrote of poetry and reading, and described a secret love, fear of an uncertain future, and the experience of a life in peril. This book, which also contains the 46 sonnets which Hans Keilson composed while he was writing the diary, is an unparalleled historical document, but also an extraordinarily personal testament to the power and coldness with which a climate of persecution and fear permeate life’s most intimate experience.
The Diary 1944 is posthumously edited with commentary by Marita Keilson-Lauritz.

About Hans Keilson

Hans Keilson was born 1909 in Bad Freienwalde. His 1933 novel Das Leben geht weiter was the last debut of a Jewish author published by S. Fischer before the end of the Second World War. In 1936, Keilson left Germany and emigrated to the Netherlands, where he lived until his death in 2011. Hans Keilson, in his work as author and psychiatrist, analysed and captured in writing the emotional, political, and cultural effects of the National Socialist period like no other author. His literary commitment to humanity was unwavering. In stark contrast to the loud confusion of the 20th century, his quiet, sometimes funny, characterisations remain deeply human in their existential and historical experience. A grand poet in his prose, an analytic, clear-eyed observer in his poetry. In 2005, his complete works were published by S. Fischer in two volumes; in 2011, his memoir, Da steht mein Haus, followed.

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Foto: Martin Spieles / S. Fischer

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