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by Bella Fromm

The diary, smuggled out of Nazi Germany, of a Jewish woman who wrote the social column for a major Berlin newspaper, and was able to observe the rise of the Nazis
Download Blood and Banquets: A Berlin Social Diary epub
ISBN: 1559720557
ISBN13: 978-1559720557
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Bella Fromm
Language: English
Publisher: Birch Lane Press (September 1990)
Pages: 338 pages
ePUB size: 1308 kb
FB2 size: 1223 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 362
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Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer. Hitlerland by Andrew Nagorski. If you have ever read any of these books, in their entirety, you'll probably want to do the same with this one. It is a fairly comprehensive and intriguing look at Bella Fromm's social diary. Fromm was a Jew, in Berlin; she wrote for a liberal newspaper. She also wrote a diary, from 1930 to 1938, which she smuggled out. She herself escaped in 1938. There was no other choice. She was German but she had to leave.
Bella Fromm's diary, "Blood & Bouquets: A Berlin Social Diary", can and should be compared with William Shirer's book, "Berlin Diary", also published around the same time. (Early 1940's). Both Fromm and Shirer lived central Europe - Fromm in Berlin and Shirer in Vienna and Berlin - and recorded the day to day events in both capitals, as the Nazis and Adolf Hitler gained power and prepared for war right under the nose of the whole world. Both Fromm and Shirer ended up leaving Berlin for the United States in the late 1930's. Shirer was "asked to leave" by the Germans tired of his radio broadcasts which tried to tell the truth of German rearmament and their on-going persecution of the Jews and Fromm left because, as a Jew, she was facing the same persecution Shirer was describing.

Bella Fromm, born in 1890, moved to Berlin from Franconia in the 1920's after a failed marriage. She became a newspaper reporter on the "diplomatic" beat and for fifteen or so years, attended parties and met with foreign diplomats stationed in Berlin. She became a friend and confident to many of the people about whom she wrote. She also helped other Jews flee Germany before she finally did. As a Jewish woman in an increasingly anti-Semitic society, Fromm became hindered in her job, and in her daily life. She finally fled to America in 1938 - where her adult daughter had already moved a few years earlier. She began a new life in New York City, and published her diary in 1942.

Fromm's diary - if it had been discovered while she was living in Germany - would have made her life even more uncomfortable than it already was. She smuggled pages out of the country with friends in the diplomatic corps, and put them together in book form for publication. Fromm wrote about personal as well as political events, so her book is an interesting picture of life in Nazi Germany. The most interesting thing about the book, I think, is the prescience with which she writes. For the reader interested in Germany in the 1930's, its a good resource.
A fascinating record of the early days of Hitler and nazi party members in social situations told by a reporter. Bella Fromm's diary, which contains material she never published in her column while in Germany, was secreted out before she was able to leave Germany herself. It is a diary, not a novel. She has included some explanatory notes to inform the reader throughout. This is a source book of first person accounts.
A good read, but there is controversy over whether she actually wrote this as a diary at the time these events occurred or whether she wrote the "diary" in the US years after the fact and based the book on her memory and on events she later read in the press. Apparently, some of her dates are erroneous but match the dates printed in newspaper articles. Did her close friend in Nazi circles actually exist? To my knowledge, he has not been identified. In retrospect, it's not clear how the diary was smuggled out if it were, indeed, smuggled out. But it's a fascinating read, and Bella Fromm did travel in high political circles. Eric Larsen mentions her in his book "In the Garden of Beasts." Read it and take it with a grain of salt.
This was an amazing diary of a woman who really had courage and stood her ground. It was interesting to see how her friends and acquaintances either supported her or took the adversarial position. At first it was subtle, but as time passed, the remarks bacame more blatant and direct, which apparantly reflected the time and circumstances. None the less, Bella maintained her dignity and spirit throughout the ordeal. I was glad to see a Happy Ending as she narrowly escaped what could have been a disastrous ending. Many thanks to her family for publishing this story ! It was definitely a story/diary which needed to be told.
My husband is reading it now and loves it. He usually reads pure, dry History.
A good description of pre war Germany.
Unfortunately, there actually was no diary. The book is a memoir written years after the events portrayed. Also, the book is at least in part a fabrication. See: "Two Dubious Third Reich Diaries," by Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., Central European History journal, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2000), pp. 415-422.