Herbert Kapfer, Lisbeth Exner

Hidden Chronicle 1915-1918

Verborgene Chronik 1915-1918

Hidden Chronicle 1915-1918

“A breathtaking, multi-perspectival close-up view of World War I has not – and cannot be – told in history books.” These words refer to the comparatively modest opening volume of the Hidden Chronicle – and now this major project has been completed: A montage of over a hundred previously unpublished diaries from the period of World War I creates a harrowing, breathtaking and deeply thought-provoking picture of the first great global conflagration. The Hidden Chronicle is a tremendous collage of original testimonies by soldiers on the front and rear lines, recruits, working-class women, children, caretaking family members, doctors, field officers, nurses, propagandistic press releases, officers who had already fought in earlier wars, war widows, military chaplains, prisoners of war, etc., etc., who entrusted their hopes, impressions and fears to their diaries, uncensored and completely openly. With previously unseen authenticity and directness, they reveal the bewildering variety and asynchronicity of the impressions that existentially shook the lives of their authors. In this way, from mobilization to defeat, an echo sounding of those days emerges: pain of separation and patriotic high, mortal fear and valor, songs of joy and naked dread all coexist directly side-by-side. Simultaneously history told from the bottom up and a remarkable record of the time.

War Diaries


ISBN: 978-3-86971-090-7
release: 05. October 2017
816 pages, gebunden mit SU


38,00 €
0,00 sFr
39,10 €

About the Authors

Lisbeth Exner, born in 1964, lives and works in Munich. She is a journalist and the author of numerous radio essays and features She has written books about Mynona, Grete Weil, Elisabeth von Österreich and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. With Herbert Kapfer, she co-authored Weltdada Huelsenbeck (“World Dada Huelsenbeck”) and Pfemfert. Erinnerungen und Abrechnungen (“Pfemfert. Memories and Reckonings”).

Herbert Kapfer, is director of the department of radio plays and media arts at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria’s public broadcasting service. With the Institute of Contemporary History, he published Die Quellen sprechen, Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933–1945 (“The Sources Speak: Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany 1933–1945”). He is also the author of numerous other audio and printed publications.

The Deutsche Tagebucharchiv e. V. (German Diary Archive) in Emmendingen collects and archives private diaries, memoirs and letters from the late 18th century to the present. The diaries are indexed and transcribed in part by volunteers. The archive’s holdings currently comprise over 13,000 diaries by some 3,800 authors.

Further titles by the authors:
Verborgene Chronik 1914