I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 Setting & Symbolism

Victor Klemperer
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The House in Dtzlzschen

Mostly due to Eva's constant desire to own a home, the Klemperers purchased a vacant lot in Dtzlzschen, a suburb of Dresden, sometime prior to 1933. The lot was fenced in 1933 and a cellar was excavated in that year. Over the next year and a half, the house was built. Due to the expense of stone, the house was built mostly of wood—for that time apparently an unusual construction practice. The Klemperers moved in while interior construction was still ongoing. Thereafter, Eva spent most of her time and a considerable amount of funds gardening and preparing the yard. After Klemperer learned to drive and purchased a vehicle, a garage was added to the property. In 1940, the Klemperers were forcibly evacuated to a Jewish ghetto and the house was rented out to an Aryan. The Klemperers derived some income from the ever-diminishing rental payments...

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