The Perfect Nazi

Author: Martin Davidson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101513527

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 2077

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...

How Hitler Was Made

Author: Cory Taylor

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633884368

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 3800

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.

Nazi Germany

Author: Jane Caplan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198706952

Category: History

Page: 170

View: 9881

Nazi Germany may have only lasted for 12 years, but it has left a legacy that still echoes with us today. This work discusses the emergence and appeal of the Nazi party, the relationship between consent and terror in securing the regime, the role played by Hitler himself, and the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide left by Nazi Germany.

Nazi Films in America, 1933-1942

Author: Harry Waldman

Publisher: McFarland


Category: History

Page: 296

View: 9978

"Between 1933 and 1942, nearly 500 German-language films were shown in the U.S., representing almost half of all foreign-language film imports. This is the complete history of German films shown in America from the founding of the Nazi government to America's involvement in the war"--Provided by publisher.

Hitler and Nazi Germany

Author: Jackson J. Spielvogel,David Redles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351003720

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 7197

Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History is a brief but comprehensive survey of the Third Reich based on current research findings that provides a balanced approach to the study of Hitler’s role in the history of the Third Reich. The book considers the economic, social, and political forces that made possible the rise and development of Nazism; the institutional, cultural, and social life of the Third Reich; World War II; and the Holocaust. World War II and the Holocaust are presented as logical outcomes of the ideology of Hitler and the Nazi movement. This new edition contains more information on the Kaiserreich (Imperial Germany), as well as Nazi complicity in the Reichstag Fire and increased discussion of consent and dissent during the Nazi attempt to create the ideal Volksgemeinschaft (people’s community). It takes a greater focus on the experiences of ordinary bystanders, perpetrators, and victims throughout the text, includes more discussion of race and space, and the final chapter has been completely revised. Fully updated, the book ensures that students gain a complete and thorough picture of the period and issues. Supported by maps, images, and thoroughly updated bibliographies that offer further reading suggestions for students to take their study further, the book offers the perfect overview of Hitler and the Third Reich.

Louis P. Lochner

Author: Joy Arvida Schaleben

Publisher: N.A



Page: 436

View: 1637

A Gallery of Nazis

Author: Morris Cargill

Publisher: Lyle Stuart


Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 224

View: 1838

Photographs look at the Third Reich, prominent men and women in the Nazi party, the atrocities of the concentration camps, and the officials responsible for the twentieth-century holocaust

A Nation Betrayed

Author: Carol Rutz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cold War

Page: 240

View: 2311

The Perfect English Spy

Author: Tom Bower

Publisher: Random House (UK)


Category: Diplomacy

Page: 426

View: 5064

Sir Dick White was Britain's greatest spymaster for over 35 years. In an unprecedented succession of conversations over 11 years, White disclosed and discusssed his career with Tim Bower. He provides a unique insight into crucial events & famous spies.