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Gabriele Annan

24 October 1991
Memories of My Youth in Old Prussia 
by Marion Countess Dönhoff.
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 ...

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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... the west. Many didn’t get there. The country roads were jammed with retreating soldiers, wounded stragglers and thousands of civilian families, as eastern Germany melted, crumbled and took flight. MarionDönhoff, 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 ...

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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... his distress at the vilification of Willy Brandt, the chancellor who had kneeled at a monument commemorating the victims of the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto; or observes that his great friend MarionCountessDönhoff, 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 ...

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