The English Beast by Count Paul von Hoensbroech


The fervent German nationalist Count Paul von Hoensbroech launches a fierce attack on the ‘predator’ England in this pamphlet, written just after the war. He describes how the English have waded ‘knee-deep through human blood’ to win and keep their empire and quotes a number of English critics of imperialism, including George Bernard Shaw. He criticises the English for their sense of superiority and patronising attitude to other nations. England alone is blamed for starting and promoting the war, of winning it by the underhand method of starving the enemy, and of hiding behind other nations in the continued humiliation of Germany. The striking cover image shows England as a monstrous giant squid, lying on a bed of money and choking the globe with its twisting tentacles.

Hoensbroech, a former Jesuit priest who had turned violently against the Catholic Church, is best known for his anti-Catholic polemics. After the First World War he condemned the Kaiser as a coward for abdicating and argued vehemently against the Weimar Republic.

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Das englische Raubtier (The English Beast) / von Paul Reichsgrafen von und zu Hoensbroech.
1919, Leipzig, Germany
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