Creating Hitler's Germany (Kindle)
The Birth of Extremism
As reviewed by Publisher's Weekly
'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.
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.
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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