chapter  7
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The Battle over Fairy-Tale Discourse: Family, Friction, and Socialization in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany

More than ever before, people are living with it. Children are not raised without it. They carry it with them or suffer until they themselves are like the father. Even the person who does not listen picks up the discussions of commonplace people. What remains is the sitting around the kitchen table, the gossip, the visit, the artificial laughter and the genuine poison which they spread among one another. Even the person who does not inhale is greeted by the confining stale air. It penetrates to the young man below and to the beautiful people above. Remains good and quiet here, good and mute there.