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Arndt, Ernst Moritz:
What is the German Fatherland (Leaflet 1814)
A previously unpublished document from the archives of the Deutsche Burschenschaft (Federal Archives, Koblenz, DB 9: Deutsche Burschenschaft). We thank the Archive of the German Fraternity (Dr. Harald Lönnecker, M.A.) for their kind permission to include this document.download PDF