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Fiction The path of least resistance James Buchan welcomes the supposed rediscovery of a novel about an ordinary German couple who took on the Nazis James Buchan Published on Sat 7 Mar Born in in Greifswald in north-east Germany, he was the son of a lawyer who was later appointed a judge. At the age of 18 he killed a schoolfriend in a duel, and spent much of his career in psychiatric hospitals and drying-out clinics or in prison for thieving and embezzlement to support his morphine habit. In between, he worked on the land, wrote a couple of novels and held down jobs for a period on newspapers. Fallada married in , and for a while straightened out.

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Background[ edit ] Otto and Elise Hampel , a working class couple in Berlin, were not interested in politics, but after Elise Hampel learned that her son [1] had fallen in France, she and her husband began committing acts of civil disobedience. They began writing leaflets on postcards , urging people to resist and overthrow the Nazis. They wrote hundreds of them, leaving them in apartment stairwells and dropping them into mailboxes.

Though they knew the law made this a capital crime , they continued this work for well over a year until they were betrayed and arrested. He also had an ear for the simple speech of the common worker. The book conveys the omnipresent fear and suspicion engulfing Germany at the time caused by the constant threat of arrest, imprisonment, [2] [3] torture and death. Even those not at risk of any of those punishments could be ostracized and unable to find work.

Nearly all those who find the cards turn them in to the Gestapo immediately, terrified they themselves will be discovered having them. The Quangels are sentenced to death; Otto is soon executed, but Anna dies during an Allied bombing raid , while still on death row.

Reception[ edit ] Three months after its English release it became a "surprise bestseller" in both the US and UK. In an Albanian translation saw the light with the title changed into "We needed to fight differently" Duhej te luftonim ndryshe, Shtepia Botuese Naim Frasheri. In , the book was translated into Italian Einaudi Editore, Ognuno muore solo.

A second translation came out in France in The film received a score of 52 on the critical aggregator website Metacritic , indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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The path of least resistance

Background[ edit ] Otto and Elise Hampel , a working class couple in Berlin, were not interested in politics, but after Elise Hampel learned that her son [1] had fallen in France, she and her husband began committing acts of civil disobedience. They began writing leaflets on postcards , urging people to resist and overthrow the Nazis. They wrote hundreds of them, leaving them in apartment stairwells and dropping them into mailboxes. Though they knew the law made this a capital crime , they continued this work for well over a year until they were betrayed and arrested. He also had an ear for the simple speech of the common worker. The book conveys the omnipresent fear and suspicion engulfing Germany at the time caused by the constant threat of arrest, imprisonment, [2] [3] torture and death. Even those not at risk of any of those punishments could be ostracized and unable to find work.

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By Hans Fallada Review by Ali Philosophy, Politics and Economics The memory is still vivid to me; on a train down from Manchester to London, my year-old self clasping Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada tightly in hand before beginning to tentatively flick through the pages. Essentially, the book surrounds the small acts of resistance perpetrated by Otto and Anna Quangel in opposition to Nazi tyranny in the aftermath of the death of their son characters based on actual members of the anti-Nazi resistance, Otto and Elise Hempel. They bravely leave postcards with anti-fascist messages on them all over Berlin as Inspector Escherich of the Gestapo frantically fails to reveal these unlikely towers of resistance. Now, you may be curious as to how this book led year old me to get involved in politics both through activism and academically. The answer is that Alone in Berlin is a stunning demonstration of how protest and political activity need not be about grand gestures, rallies and mass mobilisation but that political activity at its most powerful comes from an authentic place in this case, the pure emotional pain the Quangels faced after the death of their son and is conveyed through small acts of bravery and defiance.

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