Über den Autor
Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau, now part of Poland. Born into a Jewish family, he was raised as a non-Jew but was not baptized. "Many persons have become Jews since Hitler," he said. "I have been a Jew since the murder of Walther Rathenau [in 1922], from which date I have emphasized that I am a Jew." Ludwig studied law but chose writing as a career. At first he wrote plays and novellas, also working as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland, but, during World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. He became a Swiss citizen in 1932, later emigrating to the United States in 1940.
BISMARCK- THE STORY OF AFIGHTER By EMIL LUBWXG. Text extracted from opening pages of book: Foreword: A chiaroscuro form, fully equipped, shines forth from the twilight. Bismarck resembles the faces painted by Rembrandt, and must be so depicted. For the last eighty years, partisan hatred has flashed its lightnings round him. In his lifetime he was little loved, because he loved little; after his death he was condemned to figure as a statue, because his inner man remained hard to penetrate. Thus among the Germans he became a Roland carved out of stone. The aim of this book is to limn the portrait of a victorious and errant warrior. Here Bismarck is depicted as a character filled with pride, courage, and hatred the basic elements from which his actions resulted. To-day, when part of our nation ad mires him with partiality while another part condemns him, we must make a profound study of the history of his spirit. Since Bismarck, as a personality, played the part of destiny to the Germans