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Creating Hitler's Germany (Hardback)

The Birth of Extremism

WWII Social History Hitler & the Third Reich 20th Century

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781526732972
Published: 20th May 2019


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Editor's Choice, as featured in The Armourer magazine, August 2019.

'A solid, concise introduction to German experience under Hitler.' As reviewed on the Publisher's Weekly website, May 2019. Click here to read the review in full.

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Germany's defeat in the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles that followed were national disasters, with far-reaching consequences not just for the country but for the world itself.

Weaving the stories of three German families from the beginning of Germany’s territorial aspirations of the First World War to the shattered dream of a thousand-year Reich in the Second World War, Tim Heath’s rich narrative explores a multitude of rare and untapped resources to explore the darkest recesses of German social and military history.

Creating Hitler’s Germany presents a nation’s journey not only through everyday life and war, but through its own conscience, pain and inevitable search for some form of absolution from its past. It is real, painful and incredibly human – an essential history to further understand the mind-set of Germany during the most tumultuous years of the nation’s history.

Editor's Choice

It's gripping, sobering, fascinating stuff.

The Armourer, September 2019

A book that I strongly recommend to understand how Hitler did not "fall from the sky" but how it slowly took root like a malign plant in the consciences and lives of millions of people.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

This book takes an original approach seeing a part of Nazi Germany through the eyes of German families – Highly Recommended

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This is a fascinating and very good piece of social history, showing the many nuanced facets of a dark and disturbing time in the world and particularly German history.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

If we do not learn the lessons of history we will be doomed to repeat the behaviors, national and personal, that have resulted in the tragedies of the past. One outstanding 20th Century example is how Germany was treated at the end of World War I and how she was treated at the end of World War II -- that latter treatment having prevented a World War III for the past 75 years. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Tim Heath's "Creating Hitler's Germany: The Birth of Extremism" is very highly recommended for community and academic library 20th Century History collections.

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Midwest Book Review

The rise of Nazism and its impact on ordinary Germans are questions of ongoing historical interest. Oral history researcher Heath, who previously focused on the experiences of German girls and young women under the Third Reich in Hitler's Girls (2017), brings these big-picture issues to life in a survey of German social history in the interwar and WWII periods. While he breaks no new interpretive ground, Heath draws extensively upon letters and diaries, memoirs, and his interviews with elderly survivors and descendants, presenting vivid details and their reflections on their experiences through extended quotations that lend the events a sense of immediacy. With informants ranging from concentration camp survivors to Wehrmacht soldiers, he brings both the absolutes of good and evil and the ambiguities of everyday life into focus. Many of the most memorable testimonies come from sources who were teens or young adults facing the challenge of coming-of-age under the Nazis or within their orbit. Heath provides an engaging introduction to the period and a valuable resource for all interested in the full scope of WWII.

Sara Jorgensen, Booklist Online Exclusive, June 2019

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A well crafted book bringing personal accounts to assist in describing the conditions that led to the rise and fall of the National Socialist regime. Some powerful insights demonstrate the moral failings of individuals allowed the bad ideas to gain traction in a society feeling very hard done by after the Great War. A thought provoking read.
As a postscript I was leading a group in Munich the day after Lehman Bros crashed. With fears of a truly global crash eliminating assets, jobs and savings I posed the question, ‘If I promised to restore your finances and fortunes would you vote for me?’ – everybody raised their hand.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Tim Heath

Born in to a military family, Tim Heath’s interest in history led him to research the air war of the Second World War, focussing on the German Luftwaffe and writing extensively for The Armourer Magazine. During the course of his research he has worked closely with the German War Graves Commission at Kassel, Germany, and met with German families and veterans alike. Born out of this work, Hitler's Girls is his first book. He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, with his partner Paula.

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Hitler's Girls is not just another Hitler Youth history book. Concentrating purely on the role of German girls in Hitler’s Third Reich and taking unpublished first-hand accounts, we learn of their home lives, schooling, exploitation and eventual militarisation. From the prosperous beginnings of 1933 to the cataclysmic defeat of 1945, this insightful book examines in detail their specific roles as defined by the Nazi state. Written in an attempt to provide a definitive voice for this unheard generation of German females, it will leave the reader to decide for themselves whether or not the girls…

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