Hitler's Soldiers

Hitler's Soldiers
Author: Ben H. Shepherd
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-06-28
ISBN 10: 0300219520
ISBN 13: 9780300219524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Soldiers Book Review:

For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and military occupation. This was a true people’s army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army’s early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler’s mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings—moral, political, economic, strategic, and operational—of the army’s own leadership.

Hitler's Soldiers

Hitler's Soldiers
Author: Ben H. Shepherd
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 664
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 0300179030
ISBN 13: 9780300179033
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Soldiers Book Review:

A penetrating study of the German army s military campaigns, relations with the Nazi regime, and complicity in Nazi crimes across occupied Europe "

Hitler's Army

Hitler's Army
Author: Omer Bartov
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 238
Release: 1992-11-26
ISBN 10: 9780195079036
ISBN 13: 0195079035
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Army Book Review:

Historical account of the ideological motives that permeated both the German army and the nation during World War II

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
Author: Bryan Rigg
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-08-20
ISBN 10: 9781734534146
ISBN 13: 1734534141
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Blitzed

Blitzed
Author: Norman Ohler
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-10-06
ISBN 10: 0241256984
ISBN 13: 9780241256985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blitzed Book Review:

The sensational international bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935--1945

Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935--1945
Author: Rolf-Dieter Müller
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2016-09-01
ISBN 10: 081316804X
ISBN 13: 9780813168043
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Wehrmacht, 1935--1945 Book Review:

Since the end of World War II, Germans have struggled with the legacy of the Wehrmacht -- the unified armed forces mobilized by Adolf Hitler in 1935 to ensure the domination of the Third Reich in perpetuity. Historians have vigorously debated whether the Wehrmacht's atrocities represented a break with the past or a continuation of Germany's military traditions. Now available for the first time in English, this meticulously researched yet accessible overview by eminent historian Rolf-Dieter Müller provides the most comprehensive analysis of the organization to date, illuminating its role in a complex, horrific era. Müller examines the Wehrmacht's leadership principles, organization, equipment, and training, as well as the front-line experiences of soldiers, airmen, Waffen SS, foreign legionnaires, and volunteers. He skillfully demonstrates how state-directed propaganda and terror influenced the extent to which the militarized Volksgemeinschaft (national community) was transformed under the pressure of total mobilization. Finally, he evaluates the army's conduct of the war, from blitzkrieg to the final surrender and charges of war crimes. Brief acts of resistance, such as an officers' "rebellion of conscience" in July 1944, embody the repressed, principled humanity of Germany's soldiers, but ultimately, Müller concludes, the Wehrmacht became the "steel guarantor" of the criminal Nazi regime.

Hitler's First Hundred Days

Hitler's First Hundred Days
Author: Peter Fritzsche
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2020-03-17
ISBN 10: 1541697448
ISBN 13: 9781541697447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's First Hundred Days Book Review:

This unsettling and illuminating history reveals how Germany's fractured republic gave way to the Third Reich, from the formation of the Nazi party to the rise of Hitler. Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring of 1933, Germany turned itself inside out, from a deeply divided republic into a one-party dictatorship. In Hitler's First Hundred Days, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche offers a probing account of the pivotal moments when the majority of Germans seemed, all at once, to join the Nazis to construct the Third Reich. Fritzsche examines the events of the period -- the elections and mass arrests, the bonfires and gunfire, the patriotic rallies and anti-Jewish boycotts -- to understand both the terrifying power the National Socialists exerted over ordinary Germans and the powerful appeal of the new era they promised. Hitler's First Hundred Days is the chilling story of the beginning of the end, when one hundred days inaugurated a new thousand-year Reich.

Rescued from the Reich

Rescued from the Reich
Author: Bryan Mark Rigg
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN 10: 0300129726
ISBN 13: 9780300129724
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rescued from the Reich Book Review:

When Hitler invaded Warsaw in the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians—many of them Jewish—were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. Followers throughout the world were filled with anguish, unable to confirm whether he was alive or dead. Working with officials in the United States government, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest—and most miraculous—rescues of World War II. The escape of Rebbe Schneersohn from Warsaw has been the subject of speculation for decades. Historian Bryan Mark Rigg has now uncovered the true story of the rescue, which was propelled by a secret collaboration between American officials and leaders of German military intelligence. Amid the fog of war, a small group of dedicated German soldiers located the Rebbe and protected him from suspicious Nazis as they fled the city together. During the course of the mission, the Rebbe learned the shocking truth about the leader of the rescue operation, the decorated Wehrmacht soldier Ernst Bloch: he was himself half-Jewish, and a victim of the rising tide of German antisemitism. A harrowing story about identity and moral responsibility, Rescued from the Reich is also a riveting narrative history of one of the most extraordinary rescue missions of World War II.

The German Army and Nazi Policies in Occupied Russia

The German Army and Nazi Policies in Occupied Russia
Author: Theo J. Schulte
Publsiher: Berg Publishers
Total Pages: 390
Release: 1989
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015019154320
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German Army and Nazi Policies in Occupied Russia Book Review:

This discussion of the German military occupation of areas of Russia during the Second World War re-evaluates many critical interpretations of Wehrmacht activities and concentrates on the responses of the lower ranks to their policies.

Islam and Nazi Germany's War

Islam and Nazi Germany's War
Author: David Motadel
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2014-11-30
ISBN 10: 0674744950
ISBN 13: 9780674744950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and Nazi Germany's War Book Review:

With troops fighting in regions populated by Muslims from the Sahara to the Caucasus, Nazi officials saw Islam as a powerful force with the same enemies as Germany: the British Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Jews. David Motadel provides the first comprehensive account of Berlin’s ambitious attempts to build an alliance with the Islamic world.

Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers

Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers
Author: Bryan Mark Rigg
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2009
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015078770461
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lives of Hitler's Jewish Soldiers Book Review:

Pursuing the thread he first unraveled in Hitler's Jewish Soldiers, Bryan Rigg takes a closer look at the experiences of Wehrmacht soldiers who were classified as Jewish. In this long-awaited companion volume, he presents interviews with twenty-one of these men, whose stories are both fascinating and disturbing.

"Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself"

Author: Florian Huber
Publsiher: Little, Brown Spark
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-03-10
ISBN 10: 031653434X
ISBN 13: 9780316534345
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

"Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself" Book Review:

Named a Best History Book of 2019 by The Times (UK) The astounding true story of how thousands of ordinary Germans, overcome by shame, guilt, and fear, killed themselves after the fall of the Third Reich and the end of World War II. By the end of April 1945 in Germany, the Third Reich had fallen and invasion was underway. As the Red Army advanced, horrifying stories spread about the depravity of its soldiers. For many German people, there seemed to be nothing left but disgrace and despair. For tens of thousands of them, the only option was to choose death -- for themselves and for their children. "Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself" recounts this little-known mass event. Using diaries, letters, and memoirs, historian Florian Huber traces the euphoria of many ordinary Germans as Hitler restored national pride; their indifference as the Führer's political enemies, Jews, and other minorities began to suffer; and the descent into despair as the war took its terrible toll, especially after the invasion of the Soviet Union. Above all, he investigates how suicide became a contagious epidemic as the country collapsed. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and other primary sources, "Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself" presents a riveting portrait of a nation in crisis, and sheds light on a dramatic yet largely unknown episode of postwar Germany.

The German War

The German War
Author: Nicholas Stargardt
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2015-10-13
ISBN 10: 0465073972
ISBN 13: 9780465073979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The German War Book Review:

A groundbreaking history of what drove the Germans to fight -- and keep fighting -- for a lost cause in World War II In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of firsthand testimony -- personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence -- to explore how the German people experienced the Second World War. When war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany. Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then, was the war the Germans thought they were fighting? How did the changing course of the conflict -- the victories of the Blitzkrieg, the first defeats in the east, the bombing of German cities -- alter their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realize they were fighting a genocidal war? Told from the perspective of those who lived through it -- soldiers, schoolteachers, and housewives; Nazis, Christians, and Jews -- this masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on the beliefs and fears of a people who embarked on and fought to the end a brutal war of conquest and genocide.

Hitler's Renegades

Hitler's Renegades
Author: Christopher Ailsby
Publsiher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2004
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: IND:30000102900796
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Renegades Book Review:

Examines the motivation and reasons as to why two million foreign volunteers joined the German Army and Waffen-SS from countries as far as India to the Balkans.

Stalin's Defectors

Stalin's Defectors
Author: Mark Edele
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-06-29
ISBN 10: 0198798156
ISBN 13: 9780198798156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stalin's Defectors Book Review:

This study's subject is the phenomenon of frontline surrender to the Germans in the Soviet Union's 'Great Patriotic War' against the Nazis in 1941-1945. Based on a broad range of sources, this volume investigates the extent, the context, the scenarios, the reasons, the aftermath, and the historiography of frontline defection. While the phenomenon of frontline defection tells us much about the lack of popularity of Stalin's regime, it does not prove that the majority of the population was ready for resistance, let alone collaboration. More recent research on the moods of both the occupied and the unoccupied Soviet population shows that the majority understood its own interest in opposition to both Hitler's and Stalin's regime. The findings of Mark Edele in this study support such an interpretation.

Hitler's Monsters

Hitler's Monsters
Author: Eric Kurlander
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 461
Release: 2017-06-06
ISBN 10: 0300190379
ISBN 13: 9780300190373
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's Monsters Book Review:

“A dense and scholarly book about . . . the relationship between the Nazi party and the occult . . . reveals stranger-than-fiction truths on every page.”—Daily Telegraph The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler’s personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich’s relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire. “[Kurlander] shows how swiftly irrational ideas can take hold, even in an age before social media.”—The Washington Post “Deeply researched, convincingly authenticated, this extraordinary study of the magical and supernatural at the highest levels of Nazi Germany will astonish.”—The Spectator “A trustworthy [book] on an extraordinary subject.”—The Times “A fascinating look at a little-understood aspect of fascism.”—Kirkus Reviews “Kurlander provides a careful, clear-headed, and exhaustive examination of a subject so lurid that it has probably scared away some of the serious research it merits.”—National Review

Jungvolk

Jungvolk
Author: Wilhelm Gehlen,Don Gregory
Publsiher: Casemate
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2008-06-19
ISBN 10: 1935149644
ISBN 13: 9781935149644
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jungvolk Book Review:

“An extraordinary account of a young boy caught up in the middle of a war . . . frank and even funny at times . . . utterly absorbing” (Books Monthly). This is the wartime memoir of a boy named Will, who happened to be the nephew of the head of Nazi Germany’s intelligence agency. The author, only ten years old when the war began, became a helper at the local Luftwaffe flak battery, fetching ammunition. It was exciting work for Will, a member of the “Jungvolk,” and by the end of the war, he had become expert at judging attacks. As fighter raids increased in frequency, he noted that the pilots became less skilled. Gehlen’s town was repeatedly bombed, and he often had to help with the wreckage or to pull survivors from basements. He witnessed more death than a child ever should; nevertheless, his flak battery continued firing until US tanks were almost on top of the position. In this book, Gehlen provides an intimate glimpse of the chaos, horror, and black humor of life just behind the front lines. As seen through the eyes of a child who was expert in aircraft identification and bomb weights, food-rationing and tank types, one encounters a view of life inside Hitler’s wartime Reich that is both fascinating and rare. “Although the memories Gehlen shares are narrow, and offer little insight into the Reich itself, they’re remarkable for the child’s perspective they bring to bear on a warring country’s ferocious struggle.” —Publishers Weekly “A real gem, a quiet tour de force . . . Despite its serious subject matter the book reads as an adventure story from start to finish.” —Military Modelling

Hitler's American Friends

Hitler's American Friends
Author: Bradley W. Hart
Publsiher: Thomas Dunne Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN 10: 1250148960
ISBN 13: 9781250148964
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hitler's American Friends Book Review:

A book examining the strange terrain of Nazi sympathizers, nonintervention campaigners and other voices in America who advocated on behalf of Nazi Germany in the years before World War II. Americans who remember World War II reminisce about how it brought the country together. The less popular truth behind this warm nostalgia: until the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was deeply, dangerously divided. Bradley W. Hart's Hitler's American Friends exposes the homegrown antagonists who sought to protect and promote Hitler, leave Europeans (and especially European Jews) to fend for themselves, and elevate the Nazi regime. Some of these friends were Americans of German heritage who joined the Bund, whose leadership dreamed of installing a stateside Führer. Some were as bizarre and hair-raising as the Silver Shirt Legion, run by an eccentric who claimed that Hitler fulfilled a religious prophesy. Some were Midwestern Catholics like Father Charles Coughlin, an early right-wing radio star who broadcast anti-Semitic tirades. They were even members of Congress who used their franking privilege—sending mail at cost to American taxpayers—to distribute German propaganda. And celebrity pilot Charles Lindbergh ended up speaking for them all at the America First Committee. We try to tell ourselves it couldn't happen here, but Americans are not immune to the lure of fascism. Hitler's American Friends is a powerful look at how the forces of evil manipulate ordinary people, how we stepped back from the ledge, and the disturbing ease with which we could return to it.

Unlikely Warrior

Unlikely Warrior
Author: Georg Rauch
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-02-24
ISBN 10: 0374301433
ISBN 13: 9780374301439
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unlikely Warrior Book Review:

As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauch helped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Gestapo behind false walls in their top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of the country. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazi rule. Then came the day he was drafted into Hitler's army and shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as part of the German infantry—in spite of his having confessed his own Jewish ancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a nineteen year old thrust unwillingly into an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckled determination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid starvation and exposure during the brutal Russian winter, survive more than one Soviet labor camp, and somehow find his way back home. Unlikely Warrior is Rauch's true account of this extraordinary adventure.

A Deadly Legacy

A Deadly Legacy
Author: Timothy L. Grady
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 0300192045
ISBN 13: 9780300192049
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Deadly Legacy Book Review:

A groundbreaking reassessment of the crucial but unrecognized roles Germany's Jews played at home and at the front during World War I