Englemann, Bert.


1st Eng., ed., 1988. Xiii + 302 pp. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., a little faded o/w Nr.FINE. How did the Germans experience the Nazi era? How did it affect their lives – in the schools, on the job, at home? How much did they know about the concentration camps? Did they all "follow orders"? In this unprecedented enquiry into Germany's suppressed past, the author interviews the "silent" generation and lets us hear, for the first time, how Germans lived the years of Nazi rule from Hitler's rise to power to the collapse of the Third Reich. He introduces us to ordinary citizens – soldiers and housewives, Catholics and Communists. He talked to those who were for Hitler and those who were against – vivid individuals emerge. The author skilfully weaves these interviews into his own remarkable life story: from his childhood in a family opposed to Hitler to his double life in the Luftwaffe and his imprisonment in Dachau for anti-Nazi activities. The result – the inside story of the Third Reich in the voices of the people who lived it – finally lets us see beyond the stereotypes and generalizations to the reality of life under Hitler.

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