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Up In 1930ish Berlin Caughtin 1930ish Berlin caught the eually horrible options of life spent in a teen detention center and horrible options of life spent in a teen detention center and on the streets It s a kind of muckraker novel but much subtle and nuanced than something like The Jungle The goal of the writer a social worker and journalist who wrote only this one novel was to open the readers eyes and create a bit of understanding and maybe even some empathy for the kids who may have just stolen your wallet and run off into the night I found it really effective The narrative follows two teens not *So Much Characters As Expertly *much characters as expertly bundles of circumstances who bounce back and forth between institutions and the streets and gangs of Berlin Still their circumstances were so well described and realistically ortrayed I found myself caring a A matter of fact and no nonsense account of teenage tearaways first The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov published in 1932 and banned by the Nazi Party in 1933 for having the un Ayran gumption to tell the truth about bad stuff the authorities did Following a cast of delinuents in their misadventures in the down and out Haffner s novel might seem tame to modern audiences due to the censorship restrictions if unflinching in its descriptions of teenagerostitution and violence Making minor use of over the shoulder third Religion in the Ancient Greek City person narration to bring the reader closer to the minds of hisrotagonists Haffner fails at The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar psychological depth but brings a social worker sassion and meticulous eye to an otherwise uite straightforward first and last novel A future as an important socially conscious voice erased by his disappearance in the 1940s Those Nazis This is a novel from the underside of the Weimar Republic less Isherwood than Alfred Doblin s Rainer Fassbinder s Berlin Alexanderplatz which is a A Companion to Vittoria Colonna prominent setting Ernst Haffner was a social worker and he wrote unsparingly of what it was like to be aenniless adolescent in that society He seems to have seen and recorded it all flophouses reformatories without the reform rostituti. Od brothers move from one etty crime to the next spending their nights in underground bars and makeshift hostels struggling together to survive the harsh realities of gang life and finding in one another the legitimacy denied them by society. A hyper realistic novel about life of street children in Berlin of the 30s Surviving on crime rostitution and temporary work that they manage to get here and there these children see the bottom of life s barrel from A Very Early Age They Have Nothing very early age They have nothing all but each other and together they help each other through hunger the cold and other troubles till they get caught by the olice sent to an institution or choose to leave the group which functions like an alternative family This is a owerful and accurate document against a society falling apart and the state institutions and services that fail to answer the needs of those fallen out Of Mainstream Society Horrific To mainstream society Horrific to at times yet also full of moments of human warmth and friendship Blood BrothersThe Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings play Cabaret heavily informs modernerceptions of Weimar Germany We recall garter clad Liza Minnelli and elegant Joel Grey slinking their way through a decadent underworld of sex and style It all seems so glamorous but the reality for most Germans at the time was colder duller and much miserableBlood Brothers a novel written by journalist Ernst Haffner in 1932 delves beneath the glossy veneer of Berlin nightlife to relate the story of a gang of German street boys on the eve of Hitler s rise to This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life powerHaffner s writing is of the Neue Sachlichkeit or New Objectivity or realism which rejects romanticism He writes a collage of the exploits and exploitation of these boys in a non emotional journalistic style relying on facts to indict German society and social ineuality rather than the gang members In this hisrose Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 pairs well with the vitriolic caricatures of anti Nazi artist Georg Grosz a contemporary of Haffner s who left Germany for the US in 1933 Haffner s tough troubled vulnerable boys are not theicturesue blond blue eyed gods the Nazis sought to ortray their youth as They are social outsiders the type of eople the Nazi s labeled Asoziale and Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People persecutedHaffner in Blood Brothers deftly shows the absurdity of society demonizing tho. Originallyublished in 1932 and banned by the Nazis one year later Blood Brothers follows a gang of young boys bound together by unwritten rules and mutual loyalty Blood Brothers is the only known novel by German social worker and journalist. Se who steal in to live their very lives He writes Their birth and early infancy coincided with the war and the years after From the moment they took their first uncertain steps they were on their own Father was at the Front or already listed missing Mother was turning grenades or coughing her lungs out a few grams at a time in explosives factories The kids with their turnip bellies not even otato bellies were always out for something to eat in courtyards and streets As they grew older gangs of them courtyards and streets As they grew older gangs of them out stealing Malignant little beasts Jonny their leader by virtue of his cold cunning intellect and ruthlessness guides them through the cold hostile streets organizing their thievery He is the thread that gives these vulnerable boys a sense of belonging and safety This kind of life can t be lived for long without something going wrong and something doesIn addition to Jonny we read of Ludwig who is arrested when he is tricked into attempting to claim a stolen baggage ticket and of Willi who runs away from a home for underage youth after he is hit once too often making his way to Berlin by strapping himself beneath the train for the journey and of Fredrick who advocates graduating from etty crime to major theft resulting in the gang s downfallOne cannot survive the streets of Berlin alone Berlin endless merciless Berlin is too much for anyone on their own If there s two of you it feels different A night is only half as long and half as cold even hunger is only half as bad Haffner s humane depiction of the gang members in his book might have been a grave olitical error The Nazis burned and banned Blood Brothers within a year of it being first Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums published Sometime after the writers union affiliated with the Third Reich the Reichsschrifttumskammer summoned him to appear It is believed that Haffner complied He was never seen again If Jamal Khashoggi s recent disappearance is alarming it s because we ve seen this sort of thing before wwwtheliterarychickcom An engaging activist novel Ernst Haffner of whom nearly all traces were lost during the course of World War II Told in stark unsparing detail Haffner’s story delves into the illicit underworld of Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise toower describing how these blo.