Deutsche Ansprache. Ein Appell an die Vernunft. Rede gehalten am 17. Oktober 1930 im Beethoven-Saal zu Berlin
7.-10. Auflage (= 2nd printing)
S. Fischer Verlag: Berlin 1930 (1939). 8° in original brown wraps. 30 pages. Name of previous owner in ink to innercover front else clean. A corner of front cover lower left (see photo) is missing, some overall minor edgewear else overall very good copy of this fragile and rare item.
First edition, 2nd print. Thomas Mann’s German Speech: An Appeal to Reason was given October 17, 1930 in the Beethoven Hall in Berlin. With it he reacted to the Reichstag elections in September 1930, in which the NSDAP increased its share of the vote sevenfold to 18.3 percent and became the second strongest faction after the SPD
The speech, which was disrupted by heckling from SA men and the police who then arrived, caused a clear press response and marked the beginning of a phase of increased political commitment by Thomas Mann. It is one of his most profound and important works that he created during these years
In comparison to other works, the lecture is based less on intellectual-historical authorities and more on the analysis of concrete political events. Mann took a political stand with unusual clarity and overcame the writer’s reserved hints, which had previously been based on quotations, references and educational fragments.
With his lecture Thomas Mann wanted to explain to the bourgeoisie” the origins of the National Socialist wave, which seemed to be about to sweep everything away with it.” He analyzed Germany’s domestic and foreign policy situation and called on the bourgeoisie to stand with social democracy against National Socialism