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Beyond Tears

First American Edition



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First American Edition of Beyond Tears by Irmgard Litten.

Octavo, xviii, 325pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Top edge pink. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Ownership bookplate affixed to front end paper. In publisher’s scarce first edition dust jacket, $2.75 price on front flap, toning to spine, some loss at top edge of spine but not affecting text. This work was originally published in France, but was quickly translated to English, with the first American edition being published the same year as the English edition, titled A Mother Fights Hitler.

Beyond Tears is the story of Hans Litten, a German lawyer who represented opponents of the Nazi Regime, as told by his mother, Irmgard Litten. Hans notoriously subpoenaed Adolf Hitler in 1931, where he cross-examined him for 3-hours. Hitler was so rattled by the experience that he refused to allow the Litten name to be spoken in his presence. During the aftermath of the Reichstag fire in 1933, Hans was rounded up and sent to a concentration camp, where he would spend the rest of his life.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Alliance Book Corporation


First American Edition

Date Published





Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Very Good


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