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Their Cemetery Sown with Corn
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Frank Binder, who based this book on his experiences as a lecturer in English studies at Bonn University from 1922 to 1933, could have been a British spy, being exceptionally well qualified for the task. Even today the Secret Service still refuses to name its agents. However, Binder was forced to flee his beloved Germany, leaving behind his priceless collection of books and all his possessions, for refusing to say the mandatory 'Heil Hitler!.' His adherence to his principles as a conscientious objector had similarly led to his imprisonment on Dartmoor during The Great War. A graduate of Liverpool University, he had two books published in his lifetime - A Journey in England (1931) and Dialectic (1932). He left Germany in 1937 and became a teacher at Scarborough Boys High School. He died in 1962 at the age of 68. His daughter, Elsie Binder, who looked after the manuscript, lives in London. Michael Rines has had a distinguished career in industry, journalism and public relations. He was Editor of Marketing magazine from 1970 to 1980. He has lectured on Frank Binder at Bonn University, where Their Cemetery Sown With Corn is seen as of great historical importance. He restored Arthur Ransome's yacht, Nancy Blackett, and is a Vice-President of the Trust that now owns her. He lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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'The discovery and publication of this manuscript is the work of one of his former pupils, Michael Rines, who is to be congratulated on bringing to us this moving, colourful and evocative account of the rise of Nazism in the Rhineland.' Robert Gildea, Oxford University Professor of Modern History, for History Today 'Binder's novel is helped by the brilliance of the language and the author's ability to portray so realistically the dilemmas faced by very ordinary folk in extraordinary times.' Christian Wolmar - The Oldie 'A sophisticated account that is wholly convincing. Frank Binder was a first-hand witness of the rise and triumph of Nazism. He was the right man in the right place at a terrible time. His book may very well be unique.' Colin Richmond, Emeritus Professor of History, Keele University This extraordinary tale is not quite history but a semi-fiction-alised account by Frank Binder, a Germanophile who spent the Great War in Dartmoor Prison as a reward for conscientious objection and lectured at Bonn University between 1921 and 1933. The discovery and publication of this manuscript is the work of one of his former pupils, Michael Rines, who is to be congratulated on bringing to us this moving, colourful and evocative account of the rise of Nazism in the Rhineland. - History Today

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