Life in the Third Reich

Life in the Third Reich

Life in the Third Reich

Life in the Third Reich

Synopsis

This collection presents a broad view of life in Nazi Germany, descriging how ordinary Germans perceived the policies and actions of the Third Reich, as well as how they lived their daily lives. Articles by noted historians provide fascinating insights into the character of the German people, describing such phenomena as the satisfaction German nationalists took in the orderliness of Hitler's takeover; the contradictory reactions of Germany's young people to the Nazi state; the power of Hitler's popular image, created by the new techniques of propaganda; and the way that Germans today regard their experiences under Hitler. Drawing these threads together, the book offers new perspectives on some of the most challenging questions of our time, and enriches our understanding of an awful chapter in German history.

Excerpt

This book contains eight essays originally published between October 1985 and February 1986 in History Today, together with an extended introduction. I would like to offer my special thanks to the people who helped make this book possible: Sabine Phillips, who typed the original manuscript; Richard Deveson, who translated the articles by Detlev Peukert and Ulrich Herbert from the German; Gordon Marsden, the present editor of History Today; Juliet Gardiner, the previous editor of History Today, who originally commissioned the articles and whose careful editorial eye was indispensable in putting them together; and Jacqueline Guy, Art and Production Editor of History Today, for her tremendous efforts in gathering the illustrations.

RICHARD BESSEL

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