By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz
What is the aim of my life? what's friendship? what's religion? those common questions, that are specifically correct to teenagers, shape the center of this compelling tale, advised via genuine letters and diary entries.
Anni, who grows from her teenage years to maturity over the process the booklet, is enthusiastic about lifestyles and unsparing in her look for authenticity. Articulate and probing, her phrases have a modern ring as she plumbs the truth of her doubt and experience of non secular loneliness. Then she reviews a decision from God – and reveals a lifetime of objective, religion, and joy.
In Anni’s personal words: “It is infinitely reassuring to understand that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it really is marvelous to understand that one doesn't need to squander one’s lifestyles, one doesn't have to ask anymore what lifestyles is absolutely for, what its goal is.”
Heightening the drama of this coming-of-age memoir is the ancient environment in Twenties Germany, because the specter of Nazism looms ever better over the area of Anni and her buddies, giving their questions on life’s that means a distinct poignancy.
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Additional resources for Anni: Letters and Writings of Annemarie Wachter (Bruderhof History)
Either everything I say is what I have learned, or I say what the others say and then go on thinking I found it within myself. Weekly letters to her mother and sister, written at the same time as the diary, give no hint of this unhappiness. Lengthy and cheerful, they describe a lively and varied student life interspersed with short stays at the college’s country retreat in nearby Treseburg and class trips to educational and welfare institutions throughout Germany. Anni devoted many hours to her correspondence with her family – the excerpts printed in this chapter are only half of what she wrote during the months of May and June, 1929.
We want to become part of the flame itself and not simply observe it; therefore we jump through it. 27 a n n i For Anni, these ideas were transformational; an account she wrote of a summer trip to northern Germany shows the extent to which she had adopted a Youth Movement outlook. d i a r y Our Study Trip from June 18 – 26, 1927 Counting Fräulein Sauerbrey there were sixteen of us when we set out at noon on Saturday. We were very eager, for a completely new world was to be opened up to us. The closer we came to northern Germany, the more birch and pine trees there were, also broom, and whole woods of oak trees.
We thought it was an enormous quantity. But they were hungry, and it seemed to disappear too quickly for them. Many years later I heard how the boys – including Emi-Margret’s brother Heinrich – had all but starved on the amounts we thought would fill them up.