Books Lists

It’s early March, towards the end of my week off, and I feel miserable. The headaches returned, not strong and hammering, but easily ever present and hence nerve wrecking.
Nevertheless I read some books since the last book related update. Here follows a list, perhaps you may find it interesting and inspiring for your own reading. It all falls in the category “Non Fiction”.

BENZENHÖFER, Udo (Hg.) : Paracelsus. Darmstadt 1993
It is a collection of essays by various authors about Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von HOHENHEIM, called Paracelsus (Ger., Eng.) (1493-1541). The authors are all profound authorities in the history of alchemy, the history of medicine and specialists for Paracelus’ biography and teachings. This collection provides a good overview over different aspects of Paracelsus’ life, work, and how the image of the subject changed over time, from late 19th century towards the end of the 20th century.
BENZENHÖFER (Ger., website) is a leading Medizinhistoriker in Germany, another focus of his research is the history of medicine through the “Third Reich”.

HILLER, Ludwig (Bearb.) : Tausendjähriges Langenzenn. Ein Heimatbuch. Langenzenn 1954
This is one of those small books in the category “Heimatbuch”. Usually a history of the settlement / village / town is published in celebration of an anniversary, like five hundred years insert-name. Langenzenn (Ger., Eng. website) is a town in Middle Franconia. The thousand years in the title of the little tome refer to the first evident appearance of the settling in history, when in the year 954 king (later emperor) Otto I. held a “Reichstag” at this place. As with other books of this kind that I have mentioned before, there is no “need” for me to read them. I just like to look into those books, read  a chapter e.g. about the fire brigade, or something that is special about this place, and have a look at the advertisements of the day. This one is nicely designed and brings wood carvings depicting views in and around the village.

FIEDLER, Wilhelm : Das Fachwerkhaus in Deutschland, Frankreich und England. Reprint of the original edition Berlin 1903, Leipzig o.J.
Originally a dissertation (Referent Cornelius GURLITT). A comparative collection of half-timber-houses in Germany, France and the UK with very interesting depictions of details. I just like old houses.

GELLERMANN, Günther W. : Die Armee Wenck – Hitlers letzte Hoffnung. Aufstellung, Einsatz und Ende der 12. deutschen Armee im Frühjahr 1945. 3. Auflage, Bonn 1997
I have mentioned GELLERMANN earlier here, but I forgot where and – sorry – I will not look now. This book tells along the sources the history of the last “army” the Wehrmacht scratched together. The word “army” is a bit misleading, in the end WENCK (Ger., Eng.) (1900-1982) had not more than four divisions of dubious fighting capacity, and found himself in a real lousy position. He made the best out of it when he refused to attack Berlin that was almost entirely circled by Soviet forces, and instead reached out eastwards to collect the remnants of the 9th army and lots of civilian refugees, retreating in Western direction towards the Elbe and in doing so bringing these people into the American sector.

SCHULZ, Joachim Christoph Friedrich : Reise nach Warschau. Eine Schilderung aus den Jahren 1791-1793. (Bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Klaus ZERNACK), 1. Auflage 1982
SCHULZ (about, DB, 1762-1798) gives a very livid and good readable description of Varsovia, of Polish life & politics in his age, at the end of the eighteenth century. ZERNACK (Ger.) writes a very instructive postscript introducing in SCHULZENS life and times. Interesting read.

KYTZLER, Bernhard (Hg.) : Geister,  Gräber und Gespenster. Antike Spukgeschichten. Leipzig 1989
From Herodot via Plinius senior & iunior to Augustinus, and all stops in between. Stories about daemons, haunting, haunted houses, doppelgaengers – the ancients already knew about this, here are the originals. KYTZLER (Ger.) is a classicist, so he knows the sources. Nice little tome.

NEULEN, Hans Werner : Feldgrau in Jerusalem. Das Levantekorps des kaiserlichen Deutschland. München 1991
I did not know that something like a “Levantekorps” (Ger., Eng.) existed before I took up this book. It is also known as “Asien-Korps”. The unit’s job was to support the army of the Ottoman Empire in various theatres of war during WWI. All in all a difficult task, successfully solved only in parts, while other engagements ended in plain disaster. I can not say something about the author, I simply did not find enough about his biography.

BÄUMER, Angelica (Red.) : Die Anderen. Fotografien von Harry Weber. Nach einer Idee von Margit Münster. Wien 1994 (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 189. Sonderausstellung, 14. April bis 28. Mai 1994)
WEBER (Ger.) (1921-2007) was an Austrian photographer. The photographs of this exhibition show people on the streets of Vienna, outsiders, foreigners, poor people. I confess that I am not interested in WEBERs social message – he simply makes very good black-white photographs, worked in colour too. Here the nearly twenty thousand pictures he left to the ÖNB.

Maybe you can find something interesting.

8 thoughts on “Books Lists

  1. Jetzt habbe scho dr dritte Kommendar auf Schwäbisch gschrieba ond es hot net klappt – leckat me doch am Arsch …
    Du bisch verkehrt do, wo’d jetzat bisch – komm noch BaWü, do klappt alles bessr! (Moin i jedafalls.)

    Obwohl – heit isch’s net so – eher grad s’Gegadoil. Seifz, seifz. Buff bäh.

    DD, a guat’s Nächtle. Mpf.

  2. Right off the bat, I’m interested in fotos of old houses (love architecture!), wood prints of old places (amazing craftsmanship carving out the wood print), and I like fotos of people and places and stories about demons, ghosts, and other supernatural beliefs and tales from different cultures. You rad quite a range of fascinating topics.

    Drink some tea and eat chicken soup. Get well soon! Cheers and Good health to you!

  3. Bummer to be sick when off from work. It doesn’t seem fair!

    GELLERMANN: There are a couple of scenes in the movie Downfall (Der Untergang) where Schicklgruber is trying to command phantom and decimated armies in the last days of the war. Much Führer ranting at the terrified generals ensues.

  4. Yes, I DO speak different languages. Even Suebian, lovliest Annakamaga of them all.

    You mean tea & soup are better than cheap plonk & dirt cheap roll-ups ? I’ll find out for you Eroswings.
    It is truely amazing what can be done with wood – and how people’s want for decor, for design, for beauty ! always finds a way to make even boring pieces of structure look good, or at least “interesting”. I always think about how one really & actually makes a piece, with an axe in front of a stump of wood.
    You need to have an idea how this thing works, what is its job within the construction, and what is left for you to “design” it – if, where, and how you can do something additional to this piece of wood. It all comes down that one has to have a very deep understanding of he piece’s “job”, function and all – and what is left to play with. That is craftmanship I guess.
    I never understood wood, only learned to chop trees, such stuff, but never learned to create something from them. Ta … !

  5. It’s a law of nature LẌ.

    I do not know when I heared about the “Armee Wenk” for the first time – and there was a “Gruppe Steiner” or something too – no idea when.
    I once asked my father (who was in Saxony at the end of the war) and he saied that Wenk’s army was nothing else but a few tanks and a prayer, and Steiner’s whatever (“Gruppe”, “Kampfgruppe”) nothing else but Adolf’s dream. There seemingly was a unit commanded by someone called STEINER towards the end of the war, but I have no idea about this unit. GELLERMANNs book fell in my hands just because I wanted to know what it is about the 12th “Armee” – and really, it is devastating : Men pulled out from hospitals, Hitlerjungen, last remnants of diverse SS units, two “divisions 45” they scrapped together from whatever – just terrible.
    Schicklgruber thought that there would be “armies”, especially that there would be still functioning SS tank divisions – but it was all crap. WENK was South of Berlin, he was at one point ordered to turn North and fight the Russians, to break through. STEINER should at the same time come from the North, so they would bring out the Fuerher – and ? No “and”. It all was bonkers from the start.
    In the end WENK did what he could do : Save the bloody rest of the 9th and some tens of thousands of refugees from the Red Army that was already encircling Berlin, and bring those people to the West. The Americans stopped at the Elbe, and there was no more fighting … a bit like what happened on the Balcans, when some German (ss) units were still operating etc. and fastly moving westwards in April and May ’45.
    GELLERMANN uses the (German) sources and tells how it went. No hagiography.

  6. Geister, Gräber und Gespenster. Antike Spukgeschichten. sounds interesting. I wonder if anyone I know is in it?

    Does Das Fachwerkhaus in Deutschland, Frankreich und England. have a chapter on how to make one’s wooden house strong enough to withstand being blown down by a wolf.

  7. It is easy to see why we get along so well from your reading list. I read a lot of architecture books for fun and of course, stories about demons, ghosts etc. I also like to read regional stuff and I wonder about a lot of things from the World Wars. I often read nonfiction, eye witness accounts of survival.

    We Die Alone by David Armine Howarth written in 1955 is one of my favorites. There was a submarine one I borrowed from a coworker a long time ago that I also like, Escape from the Deep: A True Story of Courage and Survival from WWII by Alex Kershaw.

  8. I’ll copy the index IDV.
    Sorry, no special chapter about a wolf. Perhaps in the Nordic literature. Isn’t there a wolf who rides on people’s rooftops in one of the eddas ?

    Thank you for the title Melanie, did not know this book by Mr Howarth until now.

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