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This volume seeks to unite two traditionally divided research areas, “exile literature” and “inner emigration,” and to interrelate the divergent experiences of writers who were exiled and writers who remained in Germany. It discusses the potentially resistant nature of German literature both inside and outside the German Reich and examines the relevance of the terms “inner” and “outer” emigration.
The East Prussian (Masurian) author Ernst Wiechert (1887‑1950), whose opposition against injustice and terror resulted in his internment in a concentration camp in 1938, is well-known as the author of ‟Der Totenwald” [Forest of the Dead], an account of conditions in Buchenwald. He was one of the most popular novelists in the 20th century, and his books attained best-seller status. The essays in this volume discuss aspects of his life and also of his work, which reflects the atmosphere and experiences typical of the last century.