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Prague in danger : the years of German occupation, 1939–45 : memories and history, terror and resistance, theater and jazz, film and poetry, politics and war

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Prague in danger : the years of German occupation, 1939–45 : memories and history, terror and resistance, theater and jazz, film and poetry, politics and war
Call No: 943.7033 D37p

Call Number943.7033 D37p
Dates2008; ©2008
Statement of ResponsibilityPeter Demetz.
Creators & ContributorsDemetz, Peter (author)
Demetz, Peter (subject)
Summary"With this successor book to Prague in Black and Gold, his account of more than a thousand years of history in the great Central European capital, Peter Demetz focuses on the six years that Prague was under German occupation in World War II: from the bitter morning of March 15, 1939, when Hitler arrived from Berlin to set his seal on the Nazi takeover of the Czechoslovak government, until the liberation of Bohemia in April 1945. Demetz was a boy living in Prague then, and here he joins his objective chronicle of the city under Nazi control with his personal memories of that period... interweaving [an] account of the German authorities' diplomatic, financial, and military machinations with a [description] of Prague's evolving resistance and underground opposition." —Publisher
ContentsI. The Day of Occupation
  • President Hácha Travels to Berlin
  • Emil Hácha: Judge and President
  • March 15, 1939: The Day of Occupation
  • Hitler in Prague
  • The Third Reich, Suddenly
  • Improvisation and Accommodation: Czech Fascists and National Solidarity
  • Haven and Hell for Refugees
  • The Destruction of Prague's Liberal German Institutions
  • In My New School
  • Movie Dates and Our "Corso"
  • The Appointment of the Reichsprotektor
II. The Beginnings of the Protectorate: 1939–41
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Konstantin Freiherr von Neurath: Wrong Place, Wrong Time
  • Czech and German Attitudes Toward the Anti-Jewish Laws
  • The Stories of One Jewish Family
  • The Resistance Groups and October 28, 1939
  • Thinking About My Mother
  • The Fall Demonstrations of 1939
  • My Father's Family
  • Writing About My Father
  • A Literary Discussion in 1939
  • A Political Test
  • History in Suspense?
III. Terror and Resistance
  • Reinhard Heydrich in Prague
  • Protectorate Jazz
  • My Excursion to Berlin and My Work in a Bookshop
  • The Fate of Jiří Orten
  • The Life of Milena Jesenká
  • My Friend Hans W. Kolben
  • Heydrich at Work in Prague
  • Departures
  • The Case of Emanuel Moravec and a New Government
  • Thalia Divided
  • The Theater at Terezín
  • The Death of Heydrich
  • My Mother Leaves
IV. The End of the Protectorate
  • K. H. Frank: Up from the Provinces
  • The Girl with the Velvet Band
  • Prague Movies During the Occupation
  • Communications from Terezín
  • In the Camps and in Prison
  • Gestapo Encounters
  • Going to Another Camp
  • The Prague Uprising
  • Between War and Peace
  • Revolutionary Retribution?
  • A Taste of Liberation
Physical Description xii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
EditionFirst edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages [247]–256) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Dan Sonnenschein in memory of his parents, Kurt and Bronia Sonnenschein