• Victor Klemperer, the author, is a Jew who has converted to Protestantism. He is married to a non-Jewish Aryan woman named Eva.
• Klemperer is a World War I veteran, having served on the front lines with the German armed forces. He was discharged after becoming sick.
• In January 1933, Adolf Hitler becomes the Chancellor of Germany. As the year progresses, politics become centered around anti-Semitism, and mainstream newspapers begin to parrot the Nazi Party's interpretation of events instead of reporting objectively.
• Jewish goods and services begin to be boycotted, and Catholics, Jews, and Communists begin to lose their jobs and experience harassment. Those who can afford to emigrate, do so.
• Klemperer believes that the German national character will repudiate Hitler and the Nazis' hatred and anti-Semitism, but begins to doubt this belief as 1933 progresses.
• Klemperer's diary frequently mentions his wife, Eva's, health problems; however, for someone so...
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