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By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside, Jamie Lee Searle

Translated from the German via Shaun Whiteside and Jamie Lee Searle.

A witty but relocating narrative labored up from sketched documentary strains and biographical fragments, 1913 is an intimate cultural portrait of an international that's approximately to alter perpetually. The stuffy conventions of the 19th century are receding into the earlier, and 1913 heralds a brand new age of limitless hazard. Kafka falls in love; Louis Armstrong learns to play the trumpet; a tender seamstress known as Coco Chanel opens her first boutique; Charlie Chaplin symptoms his first motion picture agreement; and new medicinal drugs like cocaine bring in an age of decadence. but far and wide there's the premonition of break - the quantity thirteen is omnipresent, and in London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Trieste, artists take the omen and act as though there have been no the next day, their short coincidences of life telling of a darker destiny. In a Munich resort foyer, Rilke and Freud speak about good looks and transience; Proust units out looking for misplaced time; and whereas Stravinsky celebrates the ceremony of Spring with commercial cacophony, in Munich an Austrian postcard painter through the identify of Adolf Hitler sells his traditional cityscapes. informed with Illies's attribute mix of poignant evocation and laconic irony, 1913 is the tale of the 12 months that formed the final century.

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In February 1938 Marie Regehr was accused of causing the death of seventy head of cattle and was imprisoned for a year. 32 In another case, a woman was When the Men Went Away 25 accused of sabotaging the pig farm on the collective where she worked after some of the pigs became ill. 34 The problem of providing for orphaned or dependent children was in fact one deterrent to any widespread deportation of women. As nuclear families lost members, other family and village remnants came together to form new supportive units, thus creating new family structures altogether.

89 For her, a return trip to the former Soviet Union later in life helped bring completion to her relationship with her father, given that no confirmation of his death had ever been received. One man, pausing to analyse the telling of his own story, recognized that his father's absence had had a significant effect on the way in which he was remembered. He said: 'Sometimes I think maybe it was not that bad to have grown up without a father. I remember only good things about my father. He was loving.

The meaning of what had just transpired quickly became clear to us. Since we had not been sent to the east the Russians had decided to do away with us by bombing us ... That's when all hell broke loose. The Germans launched an artillery attack, billowing clouds of smoke sprang up all around us, the cannon shots became clearer and louder, the railroad tracks were blown up by the Russians and pieces were sent hurtling throughout the camp and people were screaming and shouting instructions to get down on one's stomach.

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