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Gabriele Annan, 24 October 1991

Memories of My Youth in Old Prussia 
by Marion CountessDönhoff.
Knopf, 204 pp., $22.95, November 1990, 0 394 58255 1
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... The Red Countess’ – die rote Gräfin – is well-known in Germany. More green than red now, and never any redder than the SPD, she is 81, still an active political journalist and still publishing Die Zeit, her country’s most prestigious political weekly, which she edited from 1968 to 1973. At one time she was asked to stand for Bundespräsident ...

After Seven Hundred Years

Neal Ascherson: Ghosts of East Prussia, 24 May 2012

Forgotten Land: Journeys among the Ghosts of East Prussia 
by Max Egremont.
Picador, 356 pp., £9.99, April 2012, 978 0 330 45660 9
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... and thousands of civilian families, as eastern Germany melted, crumbled and took flight. Marion Dönhoff, mistress of the great country house of Friedrichstein and the estate of Quittainen, mounted her white horse at the head of the procession of carts and led them towards the Vistula river. But long before they reached the crossing, the column ...

Lectures about Heaven

Thomas Laqueur: Forgiving Germany, 7 June 2007

Five Germanys I Have Known 
by Fritz Stern.
Farrar, Straus, 560 pp., £11.25, July 2007, 978 0 374 53086 0
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... the victims of the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto; or observes that his great friend Marion CountessDönhoff, the aristocratic publisher of Die Zeit, still longed for her ancestral lands in the East; or writes of his dismay that politicians on the right still hoped that the Polish border was not ...

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