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It might sound sentimental, even corny. But this is not a greeting card cliché. The words are spoken in a Nazi prison cell in a conversation between two men awaiting execution who have already survived the excruciating torture of Gestapo “interrogation”.

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Hans Fallada’s novel Iron Gustav: A Berlin Family Chronicle was first published in Germany in 1938.

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In the spring of 1944, the life of the German novelist Hans Fallada was descending into chaos.

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Near the end of his sprawling, at times lyrical and at times infuriating epic novel, Iron Gustav: A Berlin Family Chronicle, Hans Fallada incorporates into his narrative the true story of a Berlin horse-and-buggy cab driver who in 1928 drove his horse-drawn carriage from Berlin to Paris and back.

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In his third novel Little Man, What Now? published in Germany in 1932, Hans Fallada tells the story of a impoverished young couple living in depression-era Berlin in the early 1930s.

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At the same time I was writing my reflections on bread, I was reading Hans Fallada’s prison diary, A Stranger In My Own Country.

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The guidance I discern for living well in the present to prepare to live better in the future, in Hans Fallada’s Wolf Among Wolves continues with the wise advice to:

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Writing in the mid 1930’s in Germany, novelist Hans Fallada was forced to tell his stories cautiously.

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The problem with the future is that….

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In 1936 in Germany the noose of Nazi totalitarianism was tightening around the country.

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