Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche


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In 1886 Elisabeth Nietzsche, Friedrich's bigoted, imperious sister, founded a 'racially pure' colony in Paraguay together with a band of blond-haired fellow Germans. Over a century later, Ben Macintyre sought out the survivors of Nueva Germania to discover the remains of this bizarre colony. Forgotten Fatherland vividly recounts his arduous adventure locating the survivors, while also tracing the colorful history of Elisabeth's return to Europe, where she inspired the mythical cult of her brother's philosophy and later ...

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Oct 21, 2020

Big promise, little delivery

The Aryan German community in Paraguay is the object of our search, and yet
it turns out to be a feeble enterprise with little or no historical consequences.
Most of the book is filler material about Elisabeth Nietzsche's perversion of her brother's writings. Mildly interesting, but tedious. Macintyre will develop into a great writer; this early book of his, is far below his best.

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