A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany by Sigrid MacRae

By Sigrid MacRae

The outstanding love tale of an American blueblood and a German aristocrat—and a riveting story of survival in wartime Germany

Sigrid MacRae by no means knew her father, until eventually a trove of letters published not just him, but additionally the singular tale of her parents’ intercontinental love affair. whereas traveling Paris in 1927, her American mom, Aimée, raised in a filthy rich Connecticut relations, falls in love with a captivating, refined Baltic German baron, a penniless exile of the Russian revolution. They marry. however the harsh fact of post–World battle I Germany is inescapable: a bleak economic climate and the increase of Hitler quash Heinrich’s diplomatic objectives, and their suffering family members farm north of Berlin drains Aimée’s modest fortune. In 1941, Heinrich volunteers for the Russian entrance and is killed via a sniper. Widowed, residing in a rustic quickly at conflict together with her personal, Aimée needs to fend for herself. With domestic and relations in jeopardy, she and her six teenagers flee the advancing Russian military in an epic trip, again to the rustic she notion she’d left behind.

A global Elsewhere is a stirring narrative of 2 hostages to historical past and a mother’s brave struggle to save lots of her family members.

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1 This deterioration was in marked contrast to the situation in the German lands west of the Elbe River, where the cities and towns retained much, if not all, of their medieval autonomy until at least the 1590s and were therefore well placed to benefit from the economic expansion of the sixteenth century. In Brandenburg, Mecklenburg, Pomerania, Poland, and ducal Prussia, however, this same period of time was characterized by the achievement of an almost total domination of society by the landed nobility.

Raeff, The Well-Ordered Police State, 169-79. While t h e m a i n reason for this was t h e lack of economic means a n d political will as described in this and subsequent paragraphs, it is also important to remember that late seventeenth-century economic thought was still dominated by traditionalistic ideas. e. " Tribe, Governing Economy: The Reformation of German Economic Discourse, 1750-1840 (Cambridge, 1988), 27. K a m e n , " T h e Social a n d Economic Consequences of the T h i r t y Years' W a r , " 56; Schlogl, Bauern, Krieg und Staat, 88f.

Otto Hintze, "Calvinism and Raison d'Etat in Early Seventeenth-Century Brandenburg," in The Historical Essays of Otto Hintze, ed. Felix Gilbert (New York, 1975), 103. Carsten, The Origins of Prussia, 166. For an analysis emphasizing the limits to the Junkers' exploitation of their serfs in the manorial system that had emerged by the late sixteenth century, see William W. Hagen, "Working for the Junker: The Standard of Living of Manorial Laborers in Brandenburg, 1584-1810," Journal of Modern History, 58 (1986): 145-52.

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