Ludwig Thoma, letter to Dagny Langen dated 28 April 1900. He wrote, “They [the British] fight against low-German farmers [ nieder-deutsche Bauern ]. Now the matter is personal . . because blood is thicker than water” (Keller 43-44). In an advertisement promoting Der Burenkrieg that appeared in Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel , Thoma wrote: “We know it is German ‘Bauern’ which are fighting the battles in South Africa, it is flesh of our flesh” [ Fleiche von unserem Fleich ] ( Börsenblatt für Deutschen Buchhandel [67Jg., no.. 56, ], Pöllinger 21).