The Dictators, the Second World War and the Holocaust

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The Dictators, the Second World War and the Holocaust


Written by one of the most admired scholars of 20th-century German history, Nazi Germany: A Critical Introduction (Tempus, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) by Martin Kitchen re-examines the moral, ethical and religious debates raised in the wake of the Third Reich.

The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp (University of Wisconsin Press, $29.95) by Rochelle G. Saidel uses interviews with survivors to tell the women's experiences during their incarceration by the Nazis.

Nazi Chic? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich (Berg, 55 [pounds sterling]), by Irene Guenther, is a major survey of the fashion industry in interwar Germany.

Essays on the intellectual changes and shifting views of the Nazi regime are examined in Working towards the Fuhrer. Essays in Honour of Sir Ian Kershaw (Manchester University Press, pb 16.99 [pounds sterling], hb 49.99 [pounds sterling]) edited by Anthony McElligott and Tim Kirk.

Inside Hitler's Bunker (Macmillan, 16.99 [pounds sterling]) is written by one of Germany's best-known historians of Nazism, Joachim Fest, and gives us a disturbing fly-on-the-wall vision of the final days of the Third Reich.

Photographing the Holocaust: Interpretations of the Evidence, by Janina Struk (I.B. Tauris, 15.95 [pounds sterling]) investigates the origins and meaning of some of the many photographs taken of the greatest crime in history.

Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press by Bob Dole and Walter Cronkite (Abrams, 25 [pounds sterling]) is an illustrated survey of the war by two distinguished veterans of the American political scene.

Krisztian Ungvary's Battle for Budapest: 100 Days in World War II (I.B.Tauris, 12.95 [pounds sterling]) examines the siege that took place from December 1944 to February 1945, and argues that, in terms of human suffering, the Budapest siege is comparable to that of Stalingrad.

The Next Moon: The Remarkable True Story of a British Agent Behind the Lines in Wartime France (Penguin, 17.99 [pounds sterling]) by Andre Hue & Ewen Southby-Tailyour tells Hue's true story of his heroic achievements working as a resistance fighter in France during the most critical points of the war.

Milena Roth tells the story of her life, from her chilling escape from Nazi Germany, through her Anti-Semitic foster parents, to her attempt to discover her lost family's history in Lifesaving Letters (Washington, 18.95 [pounds sterling])

Lie in the Dark and Listen: The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper (Grub Street, 17.99 [pounds sterling]) by Wing Commander Ken 'Shag' Rees, with Karen Arrandale, relates the biography of one of the last living members of the 'Great Escape' during the Second World War.

The Secret Life of Laszlo Almasy: the Real English Patient, by John Bierman (Viking, 16. …

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