Anna Seghers, Das siebte Kreuz [The Seventh Cross]

Jean Godsall-Myers (Widener University); Jennifer Marston William (Purdue University)
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Das siebte Kreuz [The Seventh Cross], the popular antifascist novel about seven concentration camp escapees in 1937, bolstered the international reputation of its author, the prolific Anna Seghers. The novel has been a well-received source of information on the Hitler era for readers around the world – indeed, it was the first novel to deal intensively with the Nazi concentration camps before 1945, and it has since been translated into over forty languages. The novel offers a portrait of Germans that spans social classes, age groups, and political persuasions, as well as rich imagery detailing the German landscape and cultural traditions. Das siebte Kreuz weaves a tapestry of social networks during this tumultuous era: as each escapee moves away from the camp, his reconnection with a…

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Citation: Godsall-Myers, Jean, Jennifer Marston William. "Das siebte Kreuz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 February 2008 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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