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Destined to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night as one of the great classics of the Holocaust, I Will Bear Witness is a timeless work of literature, the most eloquent and acute testament to have emerged from Hitler's Germany. Volume Two begins in 1942, the year the Final Solution was formally proposed, and carries us through to the Allied bombing of Dresden and Germany's defeat.
Having lost his job, his car, his cat, and his home under the proliferating Nazi regulations, Victor Klemperer vows to record every act of kindness and cruelty he witnesses in the closed world of the Jews' house to which he has been banished, and outside on the streets of Dresden, where the first deportations have begun.
Hailed by historians of our time as a new classic of Holocaust literature, I Will Bear Witness has been called the best written, most evocative, and most observant record of everyday life in Hitler's Germany. A surprisingly agile student of human nature, Klemperer was a writer of outsize talents. His diaries are a monumental contribution to world history.
“I Will Bear Witness is a self-portrait of rare candor; it may also come to be seen as one of the central documents of the twentieth century.”—The New Yorker
“Klemperer's personal history of how the Third Reich month by month, sometimes week by week, accelerated its crusade against the Jews gives us as accurate a picture of Nazi history and brutality as we are likely to have.... I Will Bear Witness is a report from the interior that tells the horrorifying story of the evolving Nazi persecution with a concrete, vivid power that is, and I think will remain, unsurpassed. To read his almost day-by-day account is a hypnotic experience; the whole, hard to put down, is a true murder mystery—from the perspective of the victim.”—Peter Gay, The New York Times Book Review
“Reading Klemperer's diaries is a harrowing but addictive experience.... There is nothing quite like it in the historic literature of the Nazi period.”—Gordon Craig, Los Angeles Times