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Inner Emigration
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[German Version]

The origin of the term is disputed. Some point to L. Uhland's Auswanderung in die Ver-gangenheit [Emigration into the past] (1848), some to the author Frank Thiess (1890–1977), who claimed the term, which quickly became prominent after 1933, as his own. Inner emigration and its synonyms such as “emigration inward” or “spiritual exile” refer to the non-political habitus of artists and authors such as J. Klepper, R. Schneider, and W. Bergengruen under the conditions of the National Socialist dictatorship. In literary production, the abandonment …

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Inner Emigration”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10430>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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