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The Perfect Nazi

Author : Martin Davidson
ISBN : 9781101513521
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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What if you found out that your grandfather had been a Nazi SS officer? This is the confession that Martin Davidson received from his mother upon the death of demanding, magnetic grandfather Bruno Langbehn. The Perfect Nazi is Davidson's exploration of his family's darkest secret. As Davidson dove into his research, drawing on an astonishing cache of personal documents as well as eyewitness accounts of this historical period, he learned that Bruno's story moved lock-step in time with the rise and fall of the Nazi party: from his upbringing in a fiercely military environment amid the aftermath of World War I, to his joining the Nazi party in 1926 at the age of nineteen, more than six years before Hitler came to power, to his postwar involvement with the Werewolves, the gang of SS stalwarts who vowed to keep on after the defeat of Nazism. Davidson realized that his grandfather was in many ways the "perfect Nazi," his individual experiences emblematic of the generation of Germans who would plunge the world into such darkness. But he also realized that every fact he uncovered was a terrible truth he himself would have to come to terms with...
Category: Biography & Autobiography

How Hitler Was Made

Author : Cory Taylor
ISBN : 9781633884366
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power. How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early-20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the "Third Reich"? Unlike many other books that track Adolf Hitler's career after 1933, this book focuses on his formative period--immediately following World War I (1918-1924). The author, a veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, when forces on both the left and right were engaged in a desperate power struggle. Among the competing groups was a highly sophisticated network of ethnic chauvinists that discovered Hitler and groomed him into the leader he became. The book also underscores the importance of a post-war socialist revolution in Bavaria, led by earnest reformers, some of whom were Jewish. Right wing extremists skewed this brief experiment in democracy followed by Soviet-style communism as evidence of a Jewish-Bolshevik plot. Along with the pernicious "stab-in-the-back" myth, which misdirected blame for Germany's defeat onto civilian politicians, public opinion was primed for Hitler to use his political cunning and oratorical powers to effectively blame Jews and Communists for all of Germany's problems. Based on archival research in Germany, England, and the US, this striking narrative reveals how the manipulation of facts and the use of propaganda helped an obscure, embittered malcontent to gain political legitimacy, which led to dictatorial power over a nation.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Perfect Nazi

Author : Martin Peter Davidson
ISBN : 0385662343
Genre : Allemagne / Histoire / 1933-1945 / Biographies
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A unique and highly personal history of Nazi Germany, supported throughout by documents and transcripts. In 1993 Martin Davidson discovered that his German grandfather, who seemingly spent the war as an unassuming dentist in Berlin, had been a Nazi. And a thoroughly committed one, too: he had joined the Bund as a child, graduated to the brownshirts, and signed up for the party as soon as it had become legal, seven years before Hitler came to power. Davidson became determined to discover who and what his grandfather had really been. This book is the story of that quest. It is the piecing together and fleshing out of an archetype on which the Nazi party was founded: the middle-ranking, cogwheel-oiling, in-tray-emptying, memo-writing, fanatical fascist. As Davidson trawls through the archive, discovering many revelatory documents, he comes closer and closer to a mind-reeling possibility. His grandfather had been in Hungary in 1944. Did his commitment to evil go as deep as working with Eichmann on the sending of 700,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz? Davidson also investigates and considers the lives and careers of other members of his family, some of whom made very different choices. He asks, what does it mean to discover that so many of one's relatives operated on the wrong side of the greatest moral divide of modern times? And what light does that discovery shed on the inner workings not just of Nazi bureaucracy, but on the complex of emotions and calculations that drew millions of Germans to throw in their lot with an insane ideology of mass murder?
Category: Allemagne / Histoire / 1933-1945 / Biographies

Hitler S Furies

Author : Wendy Lower
ISBN : 9781448113453
Genre : History
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Hitler’s Furies is the untold story of the Holocaust. History has it that the role of women in Nazi Germany was to be the perfect Hausfrau and a loyal cheerleader for the Führer. However, Lower’s research reveals an altogether more sinister truth. Lower shows us the ordinary women who became perpetrators of genocide. Drawing on decades of research, she uncovers a truth that has been in the shadows – that women too were brutal killers and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust. ‘Shocking’ Sunday Times‘ Compelling’ Washington Post ‘Pioneering’ Literary Review A National Book Award Finalist
Category: History

Nazi Germany

Author : Jane Caplan
ISBN : 9780198706953
Genre : History
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Any consideration of the 20th century would be incomplete without a discussion of Nazi Germany, an extraordinary regime which dominated European history for 12 years, and left a legacy that still echoes with us today. The incredible force of the destructive vision at the heart of Nazi Germany led to a second world war when the world was still aching from the first one, and an incomprehensible death count, both at home and abroad. In this Very Short Introduction, Jane Caplan's insightful analysis of Nazi Germany provides a highly relevant reminder of the fragility of democratic institutions, and the ways in which the exploitation of national fears, mass political movements, and frail political opposition can lead to the imposition of dictatorship. Considering the emergence and popular appeal of the Nazi party, she discusses the relationships between belief, consent, and terror in securing the regime, alongside the crucial role played by Hitler himself. Covering the full history of the regime, she includes an unflinching look at the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide. At the same time, Caplan offers unexpected angles of vision and insights; asking readers to look behind the handful of over-used images of Nazi Germany we are familiar with, and to engage critically with a history that that is so abhorrent it risks seeming beyond interpretation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Category: History

Nazi Germany A Very Short Introduction

Author : Jane Caplan
ISBN : 9780191016905
Genre : History
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Any consideration of the 20th century would be incomplete without a discussion of Nazi Germany, an extraordinary regime which dominated European history for 12 years, and left a legacy that still echoes with us today. The incredible force of the destructive vision at the heart of Nazi Germany led to a second world war when the world was still aching from the first one, and an incomprehensible death count, both at home and abroad. In this Very Short Introduction, Jane Caplan's insightful analysis of Nazi Germany provides a highly relevant reminder of the fragility of democratic institutions, and the ways in which the exploitation of national fears, mass political movements, and frail political opposition can lead to the imposition of dictatorship. Considering the emergence and popular appeal of the Nazi party, she discusses the relationships between belief, consent, and terror in securing the regime, alongside the crucial role played by Hitler himself. Covering the full history of the regime, she includes an unflinching look at the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide. At the same time, Caplan offers unexpected angles of vision and insights; asking readers to look behind the handful of over-used images of Nazi Germany we are familiar with, and to engage critically with a history that that is so abhorrent it risks seeming beyond interpretation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Category: History

The Last Nazi

Author : Carl Hiltbrand
ISBN : 1462818293
Genre : History
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Germany in 1930 is in a state of chaos. The terms of the Treaty of Versailles force Germany to pay reparations that are bleeding the country dry. The political climate is ripe for a revolution. The people feel a mixture of hatred, hopelessness and despondency. ADOLPH HITLER is about to step onto the world stage to lead the country out of the oppressive situation. HAROLD ANDERSON and his wife MARY, who is seven months pregnant with what she believes is one child, arrive in Bremerhaven, Germany from the United States during that bleak year. . Unknowingly, the Andersons are thrust into a political cauldron, which will affect their lives forever. Mary’s labor pains start unexpectedly. One twin son is born as Mary faints from pain and exhaustion. Another identical twin son is delivered by the German doctor, using caesarean surgery, while Mary is still unconscious. Unknown to the parents, he is taken immediately to a German specialist, EMIL VON HOFFEN, who saves his life but plans to secretly separate him from his twin brother and American parents. Harold and Mary are never made aware of their second child, and they return to the United States. The second twin is adopted by Doctor von Hoffen, who plans to use him, along with other sets of twins, in experiments to develop the perfect Aryan German. Eric von Hoffen, the German twin is raised as a Nazi youth. At age fifteen Eric is honored by Hitler personally. He becomes part of the elite guard force at the Fuherbunker in Berlin near the final end of the ‘Third Reich’. Eric actually witnesses the burial and burning of the corpses of Adolph Hitler and EVA BRAUN. Meanwhile in the United States, Harold Jr., while in college, rescues a girl, DONNA COX, from the influence of the worst of the night world, prostitution. The brown-haired beauty and Harold fall in love and marry following his graduation from the University. . . . Their idyllic life is interrupted when Harold Jr. is drafted into the military in early 1953, during the Korean War. He is shipped to West Germany where he discovers the existence and identity of his twin brother and the intrigue that led to the separation of the twins at their birth. It is now 1988. Harold Anderson Jr. is voted president-elect of the United States. Eric plots the kidnapping of his brother and is successful in usurping the presidency. The deception fails later when Harold is rescued and confronts his brother in the oval office of the White House. All the indoctrination and brainwashing by the Nazis during his youth could not blot the love von Hoffen held secretly for his brother all those years. He perhaps did not realize it himself as he made the instantaneous decision to leap in front of a bullet meant for his brother. In a climactic scene near the end, the president holds his dying brother in his arms as life ebbs from him. “As Abel would have forgiven Cain, I forgive my brother. He was a casualty of a ruthless society and belief. Let’s hope he truly is, the last Nazi.”
Category: History

Hhhh

Author : Laurent Binet
ISBN : 9781429942768
Genre : Fiction
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HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich", or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich". The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History. Who were these men, arguably two of the most discreet heroes of the twentieth century? In Laurent Binet's captivating debut novel, we follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England; from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone, from their stealth attack on Heydrich's car to their own brutal death in the basement of a Prague church. A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet's remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history. HHhH is one of The New York Times' Notable Books of 2012.
Category: Fiction

Testimony From The Nazi Camps

Author : Margaret Anne Hutton
ISBN : 9781134273386
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This interdisciplinary study intergrates historiographical, literary and cultural methodologies in its focus on a little known corpus of testimonial accounts published by French women deported to Nazi camps. Comprising epistemological and literary analyses of the accounts and an examination of the construction of deportee identities, it will interest those working in the fields of modern French literature, genre, women's studies and the Holocaust.
Category: Literary Criticism