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Friedrich Sieburg achieved renown as a German literary critic in the years following World War II. His career in journalism and diplomacy prior to 1945, largely ignored in the 1950s and 1960s, has come under a new scrutiny since 1980. The connection between Sieburg's writings, many of which dealt with France, and his work with the German Foreign Office in wartime Paris has been a particular object of this scrutiny. The study Friedrich Sieburg. A Twentieth-Century German Francophile builds on the work of Joachim Fest, Margot Taureck and others, and argues that Sieburg was a romantic nationalist who became a National Socialist. He constructed a theory, from elements in the German literary tradition, which posited French form in opposition to German mass. This theory makes intelligible his praise of the German 1933 as a national awakening and as the workings of a mythic destiny. Journalism and diplomacy served Sieburg's historic role as national publicist. After 1945, Sieburg was generally silent about the Hitler regime; his was a common response in a nation unwilling to assess its past. Attached to this study is a translation of the greater part of the memoir of Paris, Our Most Beautiful Years, which Sieburg published in 1950.
Century; Francophile; Friedrich; German; Sieburg; Twentieth
German literature; International law; Romance-language literature; Biography
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Sommer, Frederick Matthew, "Friedrich Sieburg, a twentieth-century German francophile" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3302.