Josefa Berens-Totenohl: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Josefa Berens-Totenohl (30 March 1891, in Grevenstein, Sauerland – 6 June 1969) was a German writer and painter. She was the daughter of a blacksmith. First she became a teacher, but forward-looking worked as a writer and painter and made increase tapestries. Her warm peasant novels were agreed popular in Nazi Germany; although she never joined the Nazi Party, and the novels had no ideological overtones, their praise of peasant virtue, rootedness, and strength were acceptable to the party.

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