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A defining paintings within the "Inner Emigration" literary stream, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's heritage of the Münster Anabaptists used to be written in 1937 as a feedback of the Nazi regime. This English translation comprises records, scholarly essays, and an in depth advent.

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As will be seen in other instances, Reck’s sincerely felt negative allusions to Bolshevism and the Soviet Union most probably worked to get Bockelson by Nazi censorship and onto bookshelves, even if only for a short time. 35. The foregoing two paragraphs—referring to “a wretched and thoroughly inconsequential creature, . . a miserable wretch, a windbag, an hysteric, . . a little pile of nothing charged up with hysteria” and explicitly telling the reader that Bockelson “is the story of satanic German intoxication”—are perhaps all-too-clear statements of Inner Emigrant Reck’s loathing not only for Hitler but also for the hysterical masses that Reck felt the German Volk had become.

In 1525 the Saxons had brought Thomas Münzer’s weavers’ guild into the war of the south German peasant hordes,5 thereby introducing an eternally alien and communistic note to the troops from Baden and Württemberg and Franconia; the Alemannic, deeply immersed in his own thoughts, enjoys engaging in bold religious speculation—as can be seen even today in the rich menu of Swabian sects—and thus 4 A HISTORY OF T HE MÜNST ER ANABA P T IST S willingly throws away his worldly goods in order to found a new Kingdom of Heaven, which finally brings him into serious conflict with the law.

Life itself had changed for us all that day. The capacity for joy had left with him. We never saw our father again. We were never allowed to speak of him or of that Sunday, nor did anyone tell us what had happened. People, still in the mindset of those Hitler-years, despised us, and we, who had been comfortable even in those last years of the war, had become dirt poor. My aunt, in her dying days, told me that my father had asked to be unshackled for just a moment, to bestow upon me a thorough xxxiv V I K T O R I A M .

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