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Provide For His Family After for his family after had lost all his money Harper Lee wrote a seminal work of American fiction and decided to never write another book JD Salinger wrote the book that is a rite of passage for virtually every American high school or college student only to live in cryptic isolation John Kennedy Toole committed suicide before his novel was recognized at one of the reat comic classics ever written And even rarely it s the lack of information about an author that intrigues as is the case with Ernst HaffnerVirtually nothing is known about Haffner there are no existing records about how he lived or died He was a social worker all traces of him disappeared in 1938 when he was summoned to one of Joseph Goebbels departments which was responsible for the printed word in Nazi Germany His only novel Jugend auf der Landstra e Berlin Youth on the streets of Berlin was published in 1932 and was one of the books burned by the Nazis on May 10 1933 Few of the 5000 copies of the book that were printed survived World War II Even fewer people remembered that it existeduntil 2015 when Aufbau Verlag the publishing house of communist East Germany that has been resurrected into one of the most respected imprints in Germany today published it with the title Blutsbr der Blood Brothers And what a wonderful book it isThe story revolves around a long forgotten episode of late Weimar depression era Berlin the lives of young people with no homes or families who lived on the fringes of society Most of the story revolves around two young men Ludwig and Willi who despite their ages of 19 and 20 are still considered boys At the time boys who were not dependents lived in prison like juvenile institutions Ludwig is a member of a ang the Blood Brothers or in the parlance of that time a cliue which acted as of a social support network who had escaped a juvenile institution two years earlier Willi escaped one four months earlier jumpin A matter of fact and no nonsense account of teenage tearaways first published in 1932 and banned by the Nazi Party in 1933 for having the un Ayran umption to tell the truth about bad stuff the authorities did Following a cast of delinuents in *THEIR MISADVENTURES IN THE DOWN AND OUT HAFFNER S *misadventures in
The Down And Out Haffner down and out Haffner might seem tame to modern audiences due to the censorship restrictions if unflinching in its descriptions of teenage prostitution and violence Making minor use of over the shoulder third person narration to bring the reader closer to the minds of his protagonists Haffner fails at psychological depth but brings a social worker s passion and meticulous eye to an otherwise uite straightforward first and last novel A future as an important socially conscious voice erased by his disappearance in the 1940s Those Nazis Disappointing with an awkward translation Despite being published in 1932 there is nothing of the terror during that critical last year of the Weimar Republic which we readers know was all too present then A missed opportunity to be something important instead of a familiar by now depiction of indigent Berlin street existence A hyper realistic novel about life of street children in Berlin of the 30s Surviving on crime prostitution and temporary work that they manage to Who Is Muhammad Ali? get here and there these children see the bottom of life s barrel from a very early age They have nothing at all but each other and together they help each other through hunger the cold and other troubles till theyet caught by the police sent to an institution or choose to leave the roup which functions like an alternative family This is a powerful and accurate document against a society falling apart and the state institutions and services that fail to answer the needs of those fallen out of mainstream society Horrific to read at times yet also full of moments of human warmth and friendship. Od brothers move from one petty crime to the next spending their nights in underground bars and makeshift hostels struggling together to survive the harsh realities of ang life and finding in one another the legitimacy denied them by society. Nd ets them food and drink just the descriptions of the food is worth the price of the pbk Johnie trains the Brothers as thieves of various sorts The Code he instills ives the only sense of pride and justice they will ever know and it is one just as iron clad and much honest and even psychically fulfilling as the one of the respectable citizenHaffner s powers of description are amazingly ood as are his familiarity with the Berlin streets dives jails and sociopathic outcasts The work describes in detail various young men s stories Along the way he is objective enough to tell you that the City does provide shelters rations and institutions But the boys have an instinct for freedom what is freedom They know and you will too as you have not before Also highly original is the variety of the stories and the path each boy will follow as he matures some to vagrancy criminality and disease and a few to successful entrepreneurship One of the most touching tells of a father who seeks his son through the mean streets bc he needs the boy to help him in his failing business or bc he loves and needs him or both This is a novel from the underside of the Weimar Republic less Isherwood than Alfred Doblin s Rainer Fassbinder s Berlin Alexanderplatz which is a prominent setting Ernst Haffner was a social worker and he wrote unsparingly of what it was like to be a penniless adolescent in that society He seems to have seen and recorded it all flophouses reformatories without the reform prostitution both sides of the transaction violence with other angs the criminal spiral upward from pickpocketing to offenses serious enough to bring down the wrath of the police and just how hard a youth had to work to escape that milieu He did not blink patronize moralize write sunny endings seek to improve or recommend solutions The novel is *NOT EVEN AN INDICTMENT OF SOCIETY JUST THE GOOD *even an indictment of society just the A Secret Kept good honest creation of real characters whose fates matter to the reader It is a tragedy that this was Haffner s only book Blood Brothers was suppressed by the Nazis always the sign of an interesting book Haffner himself disappeared into the maw of World War II and his fate was left unrecorded even by Hitler s psychotic bureaucracy 5 stars Honest heartbreaking and yet full of hope Blutsbr der is another of those books that I bought at a fleamarket and might never have heard of or bought otherwise Written by Ernst Haffner in 1932 the book is telling us the story of young homeless boys fighting to survive in the streets of Berlin during the Great Depression It has recently been re published after having been forbidden by the Nazis in the times of WWII This read has been pretty intense and I haven t been able to put it down I am definitlyoing to keep my eyes open for books focusing on the time and characters at hand Blood BrothersThe play Cabaret heavily informs modern perceptions of
Weimar Germany We recall arter clad Liza Minnelli and elegant Joel Grey slinking their way through Germany We recall arter clad Liza Minnelli and elegant Joel Grey slinking their way through decadent underworld of sex and style It all seems so lamorous but the reality for most Germans at the time was colder duller and much miserableBlood Brothers a novel written by journalist Ernst Haffner in 1932 delves beneath the lossy veneer of Berlin nightlife to relate the story of a ang of German street boys on the eve of Hitler s rise to powerHaffner s writing is of the Neue Sachlichkeit or New Objectivity or realism which rejects romanticism He writes a collage of the exploits and exploitation of these boys in a non
Emotional Journalistic Style Relying On Facts To Indict German Society journalistic style relying on facts to indict German society social ineuality rather than the ang members In this his prose pairs well with the vitriolic caricatures of anti Nazi artist Georg Grosz a contemporary of Ha Sometimes the backstory of an author adds to the legend of a Tricycle (HISTOIRE) great work of literature Ulysses S Grant wrote what many consider to be thereatest Ernst Haffner of whom nearly all traces were lost during the course of World War II Told in stark unsparing detail Haffner’s story delves into the illicit underworld of Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power describing how these blo.
Summary Jugend auf der Landstrasse BerlinI was drawn to take this book out at our
library by the subject Germany 1930s Berlin and the sort of background that features in some of Philip Kerr s Bernie Gunther books I have been to Berlin on several occasions and I fear that the author Ernst Haffner a journalist and social worker who disappeared along with all records in WW2 may most likely have been a victim of the Nazi regime perhaps even meeting his end at the notorious Sachsenhausen campIt s an excellent read but depressing to realise that conditions for young men like the boys featured in this novel are still very far from etting the help they need to have a better life The youth detention centres in Britain have a very high suicide rate and apparently are still brutal The novel also ives extra pause for thought about what is behind the appearance of so many homeless youngsters on our streets around the worldOne thing I did find surprising was that even this writer clearly compassionate as he is has still apparently been influenced by anti Semitic thinking at the time as to me anyway his portrayal of Jewish characters seems to indicateA few uotesOf young men from difficult backgrounds detained by the law and in borstal A youth spent in welfare or less apprenticed to crime thatLocal Library By The Subject
isn t a self chosen destiny And then prior convictions Untold numbers fail at the difficult lass hard wallt a self chosen destiny And then prior convictions Untold numbers fail at the difficult lass hard wall bourgeois prejudice and desire for retribution Untold numbers who might have liked to try a law abiding life for a change and But one thing he s learned in his long years of experience be it in Berlin or Italy or some burg in Silesia rich people don t do charity They d rather turn their dogs loose on beggars or slam doors in their faces Giving with a deep reflexive understanding of hunger and misery is something that only poor people do The Silesian mineworker the Italian labourer the unemployed Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts geezer in Berlin An engaging activist novel about delinuent teen boysrowing up in 1930ish Berlin caught between the eually horrible options of life spent in a teen detention center and life on the streets It s a kind of muckraker novel but much subtle and nuanced than something like The Jungle The Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind goal of the writer a social worker and journalist who wrote only this one novel was to open the readers eyes and create a bit of understanding and maybe even some empathy for the kids who may have just stolen your wallet and run off into the night I found it really effective The narrative follows two teens not so much characters as expertly curated bundles of circumstances who bounce back and forth between institutions and the streets andangs of Berlin Still their circumstances were so well described and realistically portrayed I found myself caring about what happened to them or at least the plights they represented Through their eyes you et a sense what life was like for the majority of people who *Were Living On The Margins *living on the margins all the celebrated creativity and consumption of the roaring 20s passed them by One thing I was struck byreminded of while reading this is how absurdly tenuous our lives are how one mark on your bureaucratic record your papers etc then and now can leave you stuck between circular choices of crime and poverty I had no idea this book existed until I bought it in Germany It is every bit as revealing of underclass life as are books by Albert Cossery and Francis Carco and US writers who appeared in pulp format such as Goodis McCoy Himes Iceberg Slim or Appel Simenon s stories of the effect of poverty on the psyche as well as physical safety of young people also are relevant The Brothers are a roup of homeless young men aged 16 25 The information about how people in 1930s Berlin survive on the streets is as powerful as any you will find The Brothers are led by Johnie who provides their needs helps them escape from juvenile detention centers and reform schools Originally published in 1932 and banned by the Nazis one year later Blood Brothers follows a ang of young boys bound together by unwritten rules and mutual loyalty Blood Brothers is the only known novel by German social worker and journalist.