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The house that Alfred built

Thomas Harding’s A House by the Lake chronicles the rise of Nazism through the story of one small summer retreat on the outskirts of Berlin

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany Thomas Harding

Heinemann, pp.482, £20, ISBN: 9780434023226

This is a book about boundaries — and relationships. At its heart is the eponymous house by the lake, which in 1927 was the first of many small wooden summer houses to be built in the village of Gross Glienicke. Both its situation, just outside Berlin in the lakeside area that would later abut Gatow airport, and its many occupants, from well-established German Jews to partying neo-Nazis, would expose the property to the more tidal waters of modern German history.

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