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在其自传性作品《昨日的世界》(The World of Yesterday)中,斯特凡·茨威格(Stefan Zweig)描述了一个类似的急剧变化。茨威格1881年出生在维也纳,在乐观、文明、宽容的环境中度过了他的青年时代。接着,从1914年开始,他目睹世界爆发第一次世界大战,然后是革命风暴、大萧条、斯大林主义兴起,最终出现了野蛮的纳粹主义和第二次世界大战的爆发。绝望的茨威格于1942年在流亡途中自杀。


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