The Letters

Post­card from Hil­de to Roland

The cor­re­spon­dence of Hil­de and Roland is well pre­ser­ved and remains in pri­va­te ownership in Ger­ma­ny. Stored in 24 lar­ge bin­ders, the 4,000+ let­ters ran­ge from 1 to 12 pages long, esti­ma­ted at some 900.000 words in total. Their cor­re­spon­dence began in May 1938 and, with some brief inter­rup­ti­ons, las­ted until Febru­a­ry 1946 — that is, through the Third Reich, Total War, and the first mon­ths of the Occupa­ti­on.

Roland wro­te his let­ters in a mix­tu­re of Süt­ter­lin and the old Ger­man cur­si­ve; Hil­de wro­te in a more modern hand but still with some ele­ments of the older styles. During their courtship, they exch­an­ged one or two let­ters per week, but during the war, they some­ti­mes even wro­te more than one let­ter per day.

The let­ters are acces­si­ble in a varie­ty of media. (You can learn more about “Inter­me­dia­li­ty” as a method in the public huma­nities here.)

Let­ter Blog

We blog their let­ters “75 years” after they were first mai­led. After 1941/2015, we blog­ged them less regu­lar­ly. You can read the most recent­ly blog­ged let­ter on the home page. (You can learn more about “dece­le­ra­ting” histo­ry in the T&S Pro­ject here.)

You can access the ear­lier let­ters using the search func­tion, the let­ter archi­ve, and the tag cloud, all of which can be found on the right column of the main pages.

Archi­ve: The let­ters are orga­ni­zed by month. Remem­ber that we blog the let­ter 75 years after the day on which it was mai­led, so 2015 = 1940.

Note: let­ters are mar­ked with a tag when the word or the core of the word does not appe­ar any­whe­re in the let­ter. The tag cloud con­tains only the most fre­quent tags. A com­ple­te list of tags in Eng­lish can be found here. (under con­struc­tion)

You can learn about the collec­tion here. and the edi­to­ri­al pro­cess for pre­pa­ring the let­ters for blog­ging here.

Audio Books

You can lis­ten to the let­ters as Audio Books in two for­mats:

The let­ters have been recor­ded in the ori­gi­nal Ger­man as audio files.

A selec­tion of let­ter seg­ments for each month have been dra­ma­ti­zed as radio plays in the ori­gi­nal Ger­man that can be heard 75 years later on Radio Ton­kuh­le FM 105.3 or by Live­stream. (The broad­cast time is at 10 o‑clock Cen­tral European Time on the fourth Tues­day of every month. You can learn more about the radio broad­casts here.)

After being broad­cast, you can lis­ten to the indi­vi­du­al let­ters as well as the mon­th­ly pro­grams here

Play

From 2016 to 2019, an his­to­ri­cal dra­ma was writ­ten on the basis of the cor­re­spon­dence of Hil­de Lau­be and Roland Nord­hoff: “Love in the Time of Hit­ler: A Courtship in Let­ters, 1938–40”/ “Eine Lie­be in Brie­fen, 1938–1940”.

The Ger­man ver­si­on was writ­ten by K. Scott Baker, Andrew S. Ber­ger­son, Lena Faecks, Debo­rah Par­ker, Ben­ja­min Roers and is avail­ab­le here; the Eng­lish ver­si­on was writ­ten by K. Scott Baker, Andrew S. Ber­ger­son, Debo­rah Par­ker and is avail­ab­le here.

Both: Crea­ti­ve Com­mons Lizenz Attri­bu­ti­on-Non­Com­mer­ci­al-ShareA­li­ke 4.0 Inter­na­tio­nal (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) ©2019

Scho­l­ar­ly Lec­tures

The Ame­ri­can ver­si­on of the play “Love in the Time of Hit­ler: A Courtship in Let­ters, 1938–40” pre­mie­red in May 2016 in Kan­sas City, Mis­sou­ri, as part of the work­shop “Wri­ting Yours­elf into Histo­ry”. The dis­cus­sions and indi­vi­du­ell reac­tions to the play by the stu­dents, tea­chers, pro­fes­sors, and seni­or citi­zens in the audi­ence were recor­ded on film. To pre­pa­re this Ame­ri­can audi­ence for the work­shop, sich pro­fes­sors recor­ded scho­l­ar­ly lec­tures in Eng­lish and published them on You­tube on the chan­nel “Wri­ting Yours­elf into Histo­ry”.

Lec­tu­re 1. About this Pro­ject, by Andrew Stuart Ber­ger­son

Lec­tu­re 2. The Let­ters & Let­ter Wri­ters, by Lau­ra Fah­nen­bruck & Chris­ti­ne Har­tig

Lec­tu­re 3. Nazi Ger­ma­ny & the Holo­caust, by Shel­ly Cli­ne

Lec­tu­re 4. Lan­guage & Lite­ra­tu­re, by K. Scott Baker

Lec­tu­re 5. The Play, by Bea­te Pet­tig­rew

Lec­tu­re 6. The Film, by Jen­ni­fer Fri­end

They offer an inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry intro­duc­tion to the T&S pro­ject, the play, and the use of film as an eth­no­gra­phic-pedago­gi­cal medi­um.

Work­shops

The T&S Pro­ject has been pre­sen­ted to the public in a wide ran­ge of set­ting inclu­ding “Erzähl­ca­fés” at seni­or living faci­li­ties, pro­ject weeks at High Schools, uni­ver­si­ty cour­ses, aca­de­mic lec­tures, and work­shops for tea­cher pro­fes­sio­nal deve­lop­ment.

Wri­ting Yours­elf into Histo­ry: Per­forming Let­ters from Nazi Ger­ma­ny”, 20 May 2016, Diasto­le Con­fe­rence Cen­ter, Kan­sas City, MO, USA

Com­pu­ter Game

Under con­struc­tion.