By Hans Fallada
Its Berlin, 1940, and town is stuffed with worry. on the condominium on fifty five Jablonski Strasse, its numerous occupants try and dwell below Nazi rule of their alternative ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired pass judgement on Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels obtain the inside track that their cherished son has been killed scuffling with in France. stunned out in their quiet lifestyles, they start a silent crusade of defiance, and a dangerous video game of cat and mouse develops among the Quangels and the bold Gestapo inspector Escherich. whilst petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen additionally get entangled, deception, betrayal and homicide occur, tightening the noose round the Quangels' necks...
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She measured 27,000 ‘tons’ and sailed at the high speed of 20 knots. The Port Line, New Zealand Shipping Co. and the Federal Line also operated new reefers to New Zealand. On such machines the British supply of meat (and long-distance butter and cheese) depended. Reefers took around twenty-one days to travel to Britain from Argentina or Uruguay, and just over thirty days from Australasia (via South Africa, Suez or the Panama Canal). This difference in journey time was significant in that it put the Empire suppliers at a distinct disadvantage in the case of beef.
They were often powered by diesel engines (the so-called ‘motorships’) or steam turbines, otherwise 20 T h e A ssu r a n c e o f V i c to ry reserved for great passenger and naval ships. There were around one hundred of these ships in the British fleet. 39 The Blue Star Line (owned by the Vestey group) was the largest reefer operator. It had, for example, five large (13,000–15,000 ‘tons’) oil-fired, turbine-powered ships built in the late 1920s for the South America run: the Almeda Star, Avila Star, Andalucia Star, Arandora Star and Avelona Star.
Where Britain had once been unique in its free trade, it became protectionist, giving preferences to Empire. 56 British imports and exports were now the subject of tariffs and quotas, multilateral and bilateral deals. This made a very significant practical and ideological difference. ’57 The interwar national economy did not grow much, but it had changed a great deal. There is an image, dating from the 1930s, which shows Britain divided into those parts dominated by the hard-pressed export industries and those characterized by industries directed to the home market.
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada