Another Trailer of Bridge of Spies

It’s been three years since a Steven Spielberg film last graced the silver screen, and, dagnabbit, our long wait is nearly over. The legendary filmmaker is reuniting with Tom Hanks for the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. The political films of Spielberg, in my ever-so humble opinion, are a mixed bag — Lincoln was well-acted but felt too procedural and Munich‘s tension was sometimes undercut by some heavy-handed choices — but I’m still amped up for the Cold War paranoia that Bridge of Spies is teasing, and we have two new clips from the film that focus on Hanks’ character James Donovan and the moral quandary of having to defend an accused Soviet spy in open court. There’s also an ace in the hole for Bridge of Spies, and that’s the fact that the screenplay is co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, alongside Matt Charman. Think about that for a second — the Coen Brothers and Spielberg working together on the same movie. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Co-starring with Hanks in Bridge of Spies is Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda. The film opens in theaters on October 16th. Be looking over your shoulder when you enter the theater because you don’t know who’s watching you watch Bridge of Spies.

American Justice

Free a Traitor

The official synopsis for Bridge of Spies:

In the 1950s during the early stages of the Cold War, tensions are rife between the U.S. and USSR, so when the FBI arrests Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent living in New York, the fear and paranoia only escalate. Charged with sending coded messages back to Russia, Abel is questioned by the FBI but refuses to cooperate, declining their offer to turn on his country, and is detained in federal prison pending trial.

The government, in need of an independent attorney to take on Abel’s defense, approaches James Donovan (Tom Hanks), an insurance lawyer from Brooklyn. But Donovan, a former prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and highly regarded within the legal community for his profound skills as a negotiator, has little experience with allegations of this magnitude and isn’t eager to get involved. Advocating such a deeply unpopular defense would make him a public figure and could subject his family to scrutiny, disdain and even, potentially, danger.

Bridge of Spies

Today we saw this movie by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks.

Summary in Google:

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.”

In Wikipedia is explained why the Glienicke Bridge is called the Bridge of Spies:

“Because the Glienicke Bridge was a restricted border crossing between the Eastern Bloc (namely Potsdam in East Germany) and territory affiliated with the Western powers (namely the American sector of West Berlin), the Americans and Soviets used it for the exchange of captured spies during the Cold War. Reporters began calling it the “Bridge of Spies.”
The first prisoner exchange took place on 10 February 1962. The Americans released Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel in exchange for American spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers captured by the USSR following the U-2 Crisis of 1960.
The next swap took place on April 1964, when Konon Molody was exchanged for Greville Wynne.
On 12 June 1985, there was a swap of 23 American agents held in Eastern Europe for Polish agent Marian Zacharski and another three Soviet agents arrested in the West. The exchange culminated after three years of negotiation.
The final exchange was also the most public. On 11 February 1986 the human rights campaigner (refusenik) and political prisoner Anatoly Shcharansky (now known as Natan Sharansky) and three Western agents were exchanged for Karl Koecher and four other Eastern agents.”

The above movie refers only to the first prisoner exchange. Spielberg’s movie eerily brings back to me what it was like to live during the “Cold War”. These Cold War years seem to be very much in the past. However, I think it is of great value to relive a bit what they were like. As far as I know there’s no talk right now that we have cold war years again. I wonder, what sort of war is going on instead?
With so many refugees all over the world we cannot honestly say that we live in times of peace, can we?

Mädchen für alles – Gofer

We’ve just been watching this movie from 1937. The actress, Grethe Weiser, reminded me a lot of Australian actress  – Jacki Weaver. Peter and I, we both thought this old movie was a very well made, pleasant comedy. It was very interesting for us to see fashions from that area, as well as the way middle class people lived during this time. A lot of what I saw in this movie looked very familiar to me since I grew up in Berlin during this time.

Published on May 18, 2012 by youtube (for URL look in comments, please)

Fröhliche Filmkomödie mit zahlreichen Verwicklungen, in der es die “Kodderschnauze” darauf anlegt, sich einen attraktiven Flieger anzulachen, obschon sie nur ein armes Zimmermädchen ist.

Grethe Weiser, born Mathilde Ella Dorothea Margarethe Nowka (* 27. February 1903 inHannover;2. October 1970 in Bad Tolz), was a German stage and film actress.

Life [Edit]

Grethe Weiser, appearance in the Berlin Conservatory (1932)

Grethe Weiser as waxwork inPanopticon Mannheim.

The grave of Grethe Weiser and her husband Dr. Hermann Schwerin in the cemetery Heerstraße in Berlin (2006)

Youth [Edit]

The daughter of a construction entrepreneur grew in Klotzsche and Dresden on. She attended the girls’ secondary school and the Friedel private school in Blasewitz.

At age 17, she married the confectionery wholesalers and -Fabrikanten Josef Weiser. The couple first lived in Dresden; In 1922 their son was born. After her husband the cabaret -Theater “Charlott” on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin had leased, Grethe Weiser graduated there first appearances as Diseuse.

A short time later broke the marriage, but it was only divorced 1934th Grethe Weiser was now placed as a single mother to be, she took singing – and acting lessons and graduated from appearances as a soubrette and comedienne in numerous cabarets, revues and operettas. From 1928 to 1930 she was at the Volksbühne active in Berlin, then stepped in several Berlin cabarets,as well as chanson singer on. Self she had, for example, at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg or at Komödienhaus in Dresden.

The actress [edit]

Grethe Weiser made ​​her film debut in 1927 nor the silent era as unnamed Supporting Actress.As a film actress she appeared regularly from 1932. She was very much in demand in important supporting roles as “quick-witted maid on duty”, for example in Escapade (1936). At the same time she had a successful singer hits with songs like “The Vamp” or “Emil’s hands”.

The final breakthrough came in 1937 with Erich Waschnecks film Divine Jette. Weiser shines therein as a young singer, who viewed with a healthy self-confidence and Berlin Kodderschnauzeclaims and ascends to the celebrated star.

After that, they played almost only supporting roles in films of all genres, in which they, however, was able to show the entire repertoire of her comic talent, so among other things, Rolf Hansenthe love (1942), in Helmut Käutner We make music (1942), in Carl Froelich Familie Buchholz(1944) or in Georg Jacoby The woman of my dreams (1944).

Pressures, the board of the Ministry of Arts and thus the NSDAP join, they successfully resisted.

Postwar [edit]

In post-war film Grethe Weiser was soon joined and played in numerous entertainment films with, often as a prevailing widow resolute aunt or mother dreaded. Her trademark was to continue: Heart with snout. She was seen in Hans Deppe’s holiday from I (1952) – as recreation vulnerable stage star Käthe Greiser -. My children and I (1955), Lemke sel Widow (1957) or How to Marry a husband (1959) and appeared in a total of more than 100 films. Among her few appearances atradio comedy part you can tell me a lot with Heinz Rühmann and Elfriede Kuzmany of 1949 by director Ulrich Erfurth.

Since 1934, she was with the Ufa -Produktionschef Hermann Schwerin romantically involved, but whom she married after 24 years on March 21, 1958th

In 1949 she played under the direction of her friend Ida Ehre in Hamburg for the first time on stage, the role of Mary Miller in the comedy The odd one of Irma and Walter Firner which became her signature role. She played this role every ten years and called it therefore jokingly “my Oberammergau Passion Play”. Also on stage they had in 1953 success as Mother Wolff inGerhart Hauptmann’s classic caper comedy The Beaver Coat. In 1966 she ventured into the German premiere of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Meteor at the Thalia Theater Hamburg as a dying woman toilet Nomsen the excursion to the serious character roles. In this role she beat unusually quiet, to serious and angry tones. This excursion into serious specialist remained the exception in her long career as a popular actress.

Heitere plays found in the later 1960s and the way to television. The ZDF transferred numerous pieces with Grethe Weiser. One of the most successful pieces, which is repeated until today occasionally on the cultural theme channels ZDF, was no corpse without Lily, the German adaptation of the criminal grotesque Busybody the British playwright Jack Popplewell.

1969 began preparations for a new edition of The Cuckoo’s Egg, which was also broadcast on ZDF time. The trade to the six-car filming TV series Theatre dressing room after screenplays byHorst Pillau preceded. Weiser played in a resolute dresser, which acts as a good spirit, the actor behind the scenes and for every situation a suitable Council on the lips.

Grethe Weiser died as a result of a traffic accident in which died and her husband. It was under the name of Grethe Weiser-Schwerin next to her husband at the cemetery Heerstraße in Berlin-Westend in an honorary grave buried the city of Berlin in the box 18-L-228 / 229th

Awards [edit]

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by

Carl Boese

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Hans Adler (play “Maedchen fuer alles”)
Bobby E. Lüthge (as B.E. Lüthge)

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Ralph Arthur Roberts Ralph Arthur Roberts
Dr. Fürgartner
Heinz Salfner Heinz Salfner
Ellen Frank Ellen Frank
Lissy Fürgartner
Frank Zimmermann Frank Zimmermann
Herbert Gaspari
Rudolf Platte Rudolf Platte
Lotte Rausch Lotte Rausch
Marie, Köchin
Irmgard Novac Irmgard Novac
Käte (as Irmgard Novak)
Gerti Ober Gerti Ober
Franz von Bokay Franz von Bokay
Michael von Newlinsky Michael von Newlinsky
Hotel-Geschäftsführer (as Michael von Newlinski)
Hansjakob Gröblinghoff Hansjakob Gröblinghoff
Claire Glib Claire Glib
Dame an der Bar
Livia Stolp Livia Stolp
Charly Berger Charly Berger
Karl Jüstel Karl Jüstel
Jutta Jol Jutta Jol
Hans Schneider Hans Schneider
Anton, Diener
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Herbert Gaspari
Marie, Köchin
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Music by

Michael Jary

Cinematography by

Carl Drews

Film Editing by

Martha Dübber

Art Direction by

Karlheinz Böhm
Erich Czerwonski

Production Management

Conrad Flockner unit manager
Paul Goergens unit manager
Bruno Lopinski production manager

Sound Department

Carl Erich Kroschke sound (as Carl-Erich Kroschke)

Camera and Electrical Department

Erich Tannigel still photographer

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Box Office/Business | Company Credits | Filming Locations |Technical Specs | Literature

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The chambermaid did it

Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
7 August 2004

Why do we love comedies starring scrupulous liars out to gain a lover (or a fortune) by taking advantage of others? Presumably because deep down we all would like to be that inventively naughty and still come out on top. Or maybe it’s just that everybody wants to be loved (or rich). Chambermaid Hanni works for Dr. Fuergartner and his wife Lissy, and is taking full advantage of residing in their big fancy house (twice a week she has her piano lesions there). She also knows the Fuergartners are friends with Herbert Gaspari, a famous flyboy she fancies, and has been corresponding with him under the assumed name of Isabella. Unbeknown to her, Lissy Fuergartner is planning to marry off the pilot to her sister.

When ‘Isabella’ (wearing one of Lissy’s dresses) finally meets her Herbert at a bar, Herr Doktor accidentally arrives on the scene and blows her cover. The pilot does not seem to mind, but Frau Fuergartner, mistakingly believing her husband and the maid are having an affair, has Hanni fired immediately. Still, her husband needs the girl to stay close to Mr. King, a man he has to impress at any cost (most comedies have a character like this, too). Dirty old King is about to divorce his forth wife and fancies Hanni as the next one. So everyone reunites at a big dinner party (one of the few signs that this was based on a play). Hanni, now engaged to King (which does not seem to matter to the pilot either), is now trying to hook the old man up with her not so refined best friend. Since both of them are dressed up in Mrs Fuergartner’s fine clothes, the Mrs. winds up playing the maid.

Song for the Unification of Europe – Julie’s Version

Peter and I watched today: Three Colors blue. If you listen to some of the music of the youtube videos you’ll get some idea what this movie is about. Two more movies are to follow. I love to listen to this music. And I loved the way this movie was made. Juliette Binoche is excellent as Julie.

From Wikipedia:

Three Colors: Blue (1993)
“Trois couleurs: Bleu” (original title)

1 Corinthians 13 is the thirteenth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It isauthored by Paul of Tarsus and Sosthenes in Ephesus.[1][2] This chapter covers the subject of “love”. In the original Greek, the word ἀγάπη agape is used throughout. This is translated into English as “charity” in the King James version; but the word love is preferred by most other translations, both earlier and more recent.

Soundtrack of the film Three Colors: Blue composed by Zbigniew Preisner features a solo soprano singing the epistole in Greek (in a piece titled “Song for the Unification of Europe”).


The first part of Kieslowski’s trilogy on France’s national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. ‘Blue’ is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film’s theme of liberty is manifested in Julie’s attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. Written by Anonymous

Plot Keywords: liberty | love | grief | composer | car accident
Genres: Drama | Music | Mystery | Romance

Charlie’s Country with David Gulpilil

Written by: Alexandra Spring, a Sydney-based journalist who writes about the arts, culture and lifestyle
Friday 6 February 2015

Charlie’s Country has an important message for all young people about the destruction that drugs and alcohol can cause, according to its leading man David Gulpilil. “It’s no good for our body or our universe,” said the award-winning actor, who is the subject of the opening evening of Blak Night Screen, a free two-day festival in Melbourne celebrating Indigenous film-making.

Speaking on the Aactas red carpet in Sydney, Gulpilil credited his career longevity and success with having quit all stimulants. He even skipped the whirlwind of parties at the 2014 Cannes film festival, despite picking up best actor in the Un Certain Regard section for his role in Charlie’s Country. “I said: I’ve done that – biscuits, caviar and champagne. I [even] quit the cigarettes.”

Gulpilil, who was also named best actor at the Aactas, came to prominence in the 1971 movie Walkabout, shot when he was just 15. The breakout film was screened at Buckingham Palace and Gulpilil still remembers walking the red carpet with the Queen. He went on to star in Australian classics including Storm Boy, Mad Dog Morgan, Rabbit Proof Fence and Crocodile Dundee.

His collaboration with the film-maker Rolf de Heer was seen as a career rejuvenation after Gulpilil’s own battles with addiction. He starred in De Heer’s The Tracker and Ten Canoes before Charlie’s Country and the actor confirmed the pair intend to work together again soon.

He says he is “very proud” of his latest film, particularly the recognition it has received in Australia. The film tells of one man’s struggle to reconcile the traditional Indigenous way of life with contemporary Australian society, specifically the restrictions imposed by the Northern Territory’s Intervention.

Gulpilil also sees the film as a reminder of the importance of a close relationship with nature, adding: “I get a message from there.”

“I’m a ballerina, a dancer, I’m an artist, I’m a writer and I studied the earth, same as David Attenborough.” he said. “I’ve done so many things, of course, but now I’m performing and acting so throughout the world they can see how many things I make … what I’m doing is introducing the country of Australia [to the world].”

There will be a free screening of Charlie’s Country as part of Blak Nite on Friday . The event includes a discussion between the broadcaster Aaron Pedersen and the Indigenous filmmaker Darlene Johnson, who directed Gulpilil in One Red Blood.

The festival will also feature a screening of The Turning, and episodes of Gods of Wheat Street and Redfern Now in celebration of Blak Wave cinema.

• Blak Nite Screen is at the Treasury gardens, Melbourne on 6 and 7 of February

Uta’s October Diary continued

Over the weekend Peter and I talked and talked about two different movies that we saw a few days ago. The first movie was DAS WEISSE BAND (The White Ribbon). This one we watched online. The other movie was BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. Both movies were very thought provoking. After we saw BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP on Saturday morning at the GALA Cinema in Warrawong we had lunch – (not just desert!) – in this Cafe which used to be a book shop previously.


DAS WEISSE BAND is set in a village in northern Germany before World War One. To me the way religion was regarded in this village looked very much like fundamentalism. Normal village life suffered because of this. Built up frustrations among adults as well as children resulted in evil deeds. Significantly nobody wanted the culprits to be found. Really strange behaviour! The Authority of the baron, the doctor, the pastor was accepted as a God given by the farmers and village workers. Nobody ever questioned the authority of these people.

The village teacher and the 17 year old nanny of the baron’s children were from the city, meaning they were outsiders and being treated as such. The midwife, who acted as housekeeper to the widowed doctor, suffered terrible abuse from him. The baroness was an altogether different person. She spent most of her time living in great style in Italy with her two children and a lot of servants, having a great time there. Once she returned to the baron’s manor with all her servants. This is when she employed the 17 year old nanny. However the baroness did not stay for very long. She asked the baron for a divorce for she had met someone in Italy and wanted to go back to Italy.

The pastor made his two eldest pubescent children wear a white band to remind them that they had to stay pure. The boy’s hands were tied to the bed at night so he would not be able to touch himself! All the poor families in the village (including the pastor) had too many children and were constantly in fear they would not be able to feed that many children.

Then World War One started.

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Before I go to sleep: “This psychological thriller is based on the worldwide best-selling novel about a woman who wakes up every day remembering nothing – the result of a traumatic accident in her past – until one day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her…”

As I said we watched this movie in the GALA Cinema. So many things in the plot we did not quite understand at first. I read up a bit now about it, also about the plot in the novel. In the movie the woman, Christine, speaks every day onto a camera as opposed to keeping a journal as in the novel. Christine is played by Nicole Kidman . Mark Strong plays Dr. Nash. Colin Firth plays Ben Lucas, the husband of Christine. Anne-Marie Duff plays Claire, a good friend of Christine’s. Can Christine trust her? She admits to having had a brief affair with Ben and that she then stayed away from Ben and his son for she did not want to upset her friend Christine.

Christine decides to trust Claire. She also wants to trust, Ben, her husband. Then it becomes doubtful that she can trust him. There were some scenes when Christine had reason not to completely trust Dr Nash. In the end she is very confused and does not know whom to trust.

Presumably, Christine was for a number of years in hospital after her traumatic accident. When the movie starts, she was at home with her husband Ben, but maybe only for about the last four months or so. Living with Christine becomes quite frustrating for Ben for every morning Christine has forgotten everything that went on the day before. After sleeping she does not know that Ben is her husband.

Dr. Nash gets in touch with her. He rings her every morning telling her where she has hidden her camera. Christine meets Dr. Nash but is not allowed to tell her husband about it. It is a suspense drama all right.

And how the story ends is really mind boggling. There are a lot of contradictory things that Ben tells Christine. What sort of accident has she actually been in and what or who caused it? I ask the question, why has this horrific “accident” not been conclusively investigated? Who is telling the truth? If Christine’s son is alive (according to Claire), why is she being told by her husband that he is dead?

Both movies had to do with human relationships and they raise for me the question why act people in a certain way? I tend to contemplate about what influences play a part in their lives? The photography, directing and acting in both movies was outstanding.

Childhood Memories

I publish here a copy of something I had published already in May 2013. I did get some very interesting comments to this post at the time. So I copied all the comments and my replies as well. Some of my new blogger friends might want to have a look at it and maybe some of my older blogger friends also would like to have another look. 🙂

This now is what I published in May 2013:

‘I have now two pages about my childhood. One is just “Uta’s Early Childhood”, the other one is “Uta’s Early Childhood, Part II”. In the Part II I inserted today some pictures about my sixth birthday in 1940 plus one picture from summer of 1942. All these pictures were taken during the war, World War II that is, when we lived in Berlin, Germany.

Did we suffer during the first years of war? I don’t think so. Except that my father had moved away from Berlin. He became the manager in grandfather’s furniture factory in Lodz, Poland, which since the German occupation in 1939 was called Litzmannstadt. My father had grown up in Lodz. His family had lived in Lodz since the early 1800s, when this part of Poland belonged to Russia.

My father had studied in Leipzig, Germany. In 1930 he had married my mother in Leipzig. During the early years of their marriage they had for the most part lived in Berlin. Sometime during the early war years my father had some disagreements with some Nazi people he worked with in Berlin. I think he didn’t voice his disagreements publicly. Had he done so, he may have ended up in a concentration camp!

In the end he was allowed to remove himself from Berlin. As I said he became then the manager in grandfather’s factory. My mother typically chose to stay with us children in Berlin. We only went for some visits to “Litzmannstadt”.’

Submitted on 2014/10/15 at 9:49 am | In reply to auntyuta.
Just now I did re-read this whole post and all the comments. As Peter says, between “Will” and “Reason”, “Will” will always win. I think this is because most people will their emotions let their thinking rule. Well, this is the way it is, this is what humans are like.

To come back to how children experienced the Nazi area in Germany, one book, that deals with this, comes to mind. I read it only recently. It is set in a small place near Munich in southern Germany. I lived near Berlin and in Leipzig during the last years of the war. So I have no experience what life was like for children in Bavaria during these war years in Nazi time. However what Markus Zusak tells us in his historical novel THE BOOK THIEF sounds absolutely believable to me.

In the next comment section I post some details about the book from Wikipedia.

Submitted on 2014/10/15 at 9:30 am

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the novel. For the film adaptation, see The Book Thief (film).
The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak book cover.jpg
1st Edition front cover
Illustrator Trudy White
Cover artist Colin Anderson/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
Country Germany
Language English, German
Genre Novel-Historical Fiction
Publisher Picador, Australia; Knopf, US
Publication date
2005(Australia); 14 March 2006 (worldwide)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 550

The Book Thief is a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak.[1] Narrated by Death, the book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. First published in 2005, the book has won numerous awards and was listed on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks.[2]

Submitted on 2013/05/21 at 11:05 am | In reply to Robert M. Weiss.
Robert, you are spot on with your overall view of history. I always say, that the 2. WW was a continuation of WW I as it was finished in an unsatisfactory way. Meaning, nobody was thinking about the future. Versailles was a disaster. A much better solution was found at the end of WW II. The Germans, at the end of WW I, were hoping that Wilson’s 14 Points would be adhered to.

As a result “The humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles”, as you say, let to the rise of Hitler.

You say further “By borrowing heavily from German mythology, Wagner, the concept of the ubermensch, Hitler instilled in the young a burning pride in Germany’s future. Hitler was also influenced by Schopenhauer’s “Will to Power”. This idea is the subject of a book. “The Jew of Linz” by Australian writer Kimberly Cornish

Cornish has been criticised too, but I found it an interesting read on a certain view point of history. Schopenhauer stipulates, that in a contest between “Will” and “Reason”, “Will” will always win.

Submitted on 2013/05/21 at 10:27 am | In reply to The Emu.
The disagreement with the Nazis was on two levels: personal and about the conduct of war.

Personal: When Hitler came to power he joined the party as a “good” public servant would. Later the life style of his wife could have headed for divorce. This was intolerable for the Nazis and they asked him to discipline his wife or he could not remain a member of the party.

Contact of War: After the Sportpalast Speech

in which Goebels called for “Total War” to be waged. Uta’s father was of the opinion that it was pure propaganda. As an economist he could see that many mistakes were made and the German industry and population were not put on a war footing. He criticised the use of forced labour and called for the utilisation of German women in industry. Only 33% of women were working. Working women was an anathema for Hitler.

He wrote a Memorandum to Hitler and for his effort was hauled in front of Martin Bormann, secretary of Hitler, who advised him not to insist on sending the Memorandum to Hitler. Instead they sent him to the “Ostfront” because he was a Russian speaker.

This is the stuff novels are written about. A lot of what we know is only bits and pieces. Adults did not talk to children about it. Later, yes, but not all came to light.

Submitted on 2013/05/21 at 7:59 am
Thanks for this very insightful reply, Robert.

” . . . . nationalism has been responsible for many wars.” This is a known fact. Still, leaders don’t want to learn from this and continue to promote it.
Will there ever be a time when mankind can live in peace without any wars?
Maybe if there’s an outside threat we’ll then be acknowledging our common humanity.

So he marched to the death camp with his children . . . . . I wonder how many children were with him.

Is it that the Nazis rigorously went to eliminate everything that seemed foreign to them?Do a lot of people to this day have an innate fear about this what doesn’t fit into their view of the world?

I think not many people are interested in understanding the historical process. They are just interested in how they see their own little world, which is an island surrounded by things that frighten them. Does this lead to fundamentalism? Can fundamentalists live peacefully together with non-fundamentalists or other fundamentalists? If they don’t want peace, what do you do? Eliminate them? Every religion teaches you not to kill unless you are attacked. So for instance Talibans want to kill us. So we are allowed to kill them. Aren’t we? No objections to killing Talibans. Too bad if a few other people get killed along the way. And so it goes. No wonder I need prayers to stay sane. Because the historical process goes on whether I like it or not.

Robert M. Weiss
Submitted on 2013/05/21 at 3:00 am
Janusz Korczak was offered an opportunity to escape from Poland, but he did not take it. Instead, in 1942, he marched with his orphan children to the death camp of Treblinka…. No doubt people in great psychological need follow cults, and often utilize unhealthy coping mechanisms. What happens with countries brings matters to a larger scale, and nationalism has been responsible for many wars. The humiliation of the Treaty of Versailles, the rampant unemployment, and other factors went into the cauldron of Nazi Germany. Hitler’s genius was to work with the young people, and gain their support in actively supporting the Third Reich and its goals. By borrowing heavily from German mythology, Wagner, the concept of the ubermensch, Hitler instilled in the young a burning pride in Germany’s future. Hitler was also influenced by Schopenhauer’s “Will to Power”, the incendiary speeches of Bismarck, and the methods of American advertising… History is composed of a series of reactions and counter reactions. Perhaps one day we will succeed in isolating the variables responsible for the vagaries of history, and gain a more precise understanding of the historical process.

Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 9:02 pm | In reply to auntyuta.
HiI Uta – yes, no, yes. I’m writing a memoir that gets added to sporadically, but haven’t published many old photos from that time. Maybe I should!

Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 3:10 pm | In reply to The Emu.
“The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was the American program to aid Europe, in which the United States gave economic support to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II in order to prevent the spread of Soviet Communism. . . .”
Ian, this recovery program helped Germany enormously after WW II. Whereas what happened after WW I was a terrible disaster for Germany. The result was that the Nazis came to power!
The disagreements my father had with the Nazis had to do with the war. But sorry, I cannot recall properly what my father said about it. Anyhow the way I remember it, my father was objecting to the way the war was conducted. I think he moved to “Litzmannstadt” towards the end of 1940. This for instance would have been long before Pearl Harbour!
For a great part of 1941 we stayed with the grandparents in Poland.
By August 1941 we were back in our apartment in Berlin (without my father of course). In September 1941 I started school. I was then aged seven already! My second brother was born in October 1941.
My first school reports say my father’s occupation was “Betriebsführer” (Manager).
He was born in 1904. During the first war years he was regarded as being too old to be conscripted. But by 1943 his year, that is men having been born in 1904, were being called up for military duties. After some training my father was made straight away to be an officer. He was sent to the Eastern front.
He came back from the war with his health ruined. For many years after the war he suffered from these health problems without getting any support from my mother I might say. But his sisters and the sisters families as well as his mother who were all refugees from Poland, well everyone in his extended family supported him to the best of their ability. Eventually he did recover and was able to get full employment. At about 1949 my mother got a divorce from him. In the 1950s when he was gainfully employed again and his health had improved a lot, he asked my mother to marry him again. She refused.
He married his secretary in 1959. In 1966 he died of prostate cancer.

The Emu
Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 11:37 am
Very interesting Auntyuta, to read of your background in those years, virtually a first hand account and must be recorded and handed down into your family and put into book form.
It intrigues me as to the disagreement your father had with the Nazi;s, maybe you could elaborate on this Auntyuta.
A great historical reading.
Emu aka Ian

Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 7:58 am | In reply to catterel.
Hi Cat, do you write a lot about your early childhood and do you have pictures of that time published? Do you find you cannot disclose too much about people who are still alive? It’s great for your kids to be told by you what life was like in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 7:46 am | In reply to Robert M. Weiss.
Hi, Robert, I have the feeling what you say about Hitler may be absolutely right. My generation (after all I was only a child during the Hitler years) on the whole has learned not to trust people like this.
Aren’t there certain people around in certain countries who somehow are able to get followers when clearly if they only started thinking a bit for themselves maybe they couldn’t be followers? Sadly people in general go more by their feelings and what’s in it for them rather than thinking about the consequences of their support. Aren’t most people selfish? If something is promised that advances them they go for it, don’t they?
I guess Janusz Korczak was a remarkable educator, right? I think you mentioned him in one of your blogs. But I can’t recall any details. Did he for instance survive the war years? Did he have family? It is of course admirable if people stand up for what they believe in.
The best example where protests by a lot of people resulted in an immense change happened in the Eastern part of Germany. The fall of the Iron Curtain, which for years and years looked rather impossible, all of a sudden was possible in a rather peaceful way. That it went ahead peacefully was thanks to some noble people who restrained themselves from interfering.
War and Peace, War and Peace, maybe this is the fate of mankind for ever and ever. Didn’t Orwell say, some people when they say peace mean war? Our previous Primeminister Keating here in Australia used to fight a lot in parliament. His attitude was it was better to fight in parliament rather than attack each other in the street.

Robert M. Weiss
Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 2:24 am
Many people at that time didn’t voice their opinions openly. Janusz Korczak, the Polish educator, did. He walked through the streets of Warsaw wearing his Polish army uniform, and was put in jail for his efforts… I continue to be amazed how the Germans could have supported such a madman as Adolf Hitler, which he clearly was. He misused Darwinism, Nietzsche, and never followed his main tenet: to produce children for the Fatherland. Perhaps he knew that that he was the most misbegotten cross and handicapped person of them all.

Submitted on 2013/05/20 at 12:10 am
Yes, do please write about your childhood. It was so different then, and personal memories make it come alive for our children and grandchildren. My early life in England (1940’s and 50’s) seems like tales from a distant planet when I reminisce to the kids!

Submitted on 2013/05/19 at 4:36 pm
Hi Diana, thanks for the comment and welcome to my blogging. I read your about page and am interested in what happened to you when you turned forty. I remember, a long time ago when I turned forty my life seems to have undergone some kind of a change.
A lot of the subjects you write about look very interesting to me. I want to do some reading of your blogs pretty soon.
Cheerio, Aunty Uta.

Holistic Wayfarer
Submitted on 2013/05/19 at 1:51 pm
Keep writing. That was a fascinating era — and we are just so comfortable these days. We don’t appreciate what our parents and grandparents endured to sustain the basic things we take for granted.