Goethe, Buchenwald, and the New Germany

in German Politics and Society
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In 1992, at a conference about the 1938 Reichskristallnacht pogrom,

the mayor of Weimar told this anecdote:

Three weeks ago, I was in Paris. I visited the international architecture

exhibition and afterwards went to a small fish restaurant. Nearly all

the places had been taken, [so] tables were joined, and additional

chairs added. I came to sit next to a man more than seventy years of

age, and told him in broken French that I’m from Weimar. He said, “I

know it; I was imprisoned in Buchenwald.”

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