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Hitler's Girls (Kindle)

Doves Amongst Eagles

WWII Social History Hitler & the Third Reich Women of History

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 10.3 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781526705334
eBook Released: 18th August 2017

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National Publicity!

  • Mail on Sunday  - The innocent girls as young as ten who were turned into savage fighters sent to 'drown the enemy in their own BLOOD'... and paid a terrible price
  • Daily Star - Hitler's brainwashed Nazi army of GIRLS trained to 'drown enemy in their own BLOOD'  
  • As featured in The Times
  • 'It all makes for an important and very personal account of the time that leaves you wanting to know more' - Editor's Choice, The Armourer 
  • 'Tim Heath has my unreserved admiration for Hitlers Girls. This book is frank, tragic, bitter-sweet, brutal, emotional and joyous' - Gerry Van Tonder

 

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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 Concentrating purely on the role of German girls in Hitler’s Third Reich and taking unpublished first-hand accounts, we learn of their home lives, schooling, exploitation and eventual militarisation.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 were the obedient accessories to genocide and it will lead many readers to question many aspects of what they have previously thought about the role of girls and young women in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. This is their story.

A set of interesting and sometimes horrifying accounts of how these women fared in the dying days of the Reich and in post-war Germany.

Historical Novels Review

A remarkably candid look at the Juang Madel and Bund Deutescher Madel organisations into which young German girls were conscripted during the Nazi years. After a chance encounter the author uses first hand accounts from thirty survivors to piece together an authentic record.

Military Vehicle Trust

The author will be known to readers of The Armourer Magazine, but this is his first book and an excellent start. There have been numerous books on the subject of British women at war during WWI and WWII, but books in any language on German women at war are very rare – Very Highly Recommended.

Read the complete review here.

Firetrench

★★★★★ This is an incredible book and one which I warmly recommend to students of history, politics and military affairs. Above all in my opinion it should be read by all who share a common humanity with the children who grew up in a Nazi Germany. It also should be championed by women’s movements across the world to show the strength and courage of women and while equality is a reality not a dream.

What is also an astonishing fact is this is Tim Heath’s first book. He should be very proud and if he chooses to he has a successful career as an author waiting for him.

This is a history book charting the raise of Nazism under Hitler’s government, World War II and the fall of Berlin. What makes it stand out is the passage of time since these events, allowing for the release of records but more importantly the opening of memories of those involved namely the girls and young women of Germany.

It is Heath’s good fortune and expertise in fashioning his narrative around first hand experiences. It is no small task to provide courage and convey trust for these women who have been quiet all their adult lives to finally describe and remember the worst times of their lives. He has been sensitive but he has allowed their words to stand out. He has therefore been patient, open and he must possess a listening heart.

This is the best non-fiction book I have read this year. It has taught me so much I thought I knew but only previous grasped in in the most simplistic of ways. It demonstrates the value of eye witness testimonies and despite the voices of Hitler’s Girls finally being heard I despair we won’t all be ready to listen and learn.

It is a compelling read, covering changing attitudes to the role of women within Germany from Mother Earth nurturing the pure children of the Reich to replacement ‘men’ working in factories and taking up arms to defend the Fatherland.

The women speak with honesty and openness about these times, young love, fear and loathing of allied bombing and doing their duty.
The most chilling passages concern the end of hostility and the fall of Berlin. It firms up what I had heard about the Soviet advance and consequences of their arrival first into the destroyed city.

It is heartbreaking and difficult to read, the words hit Home as they are not opinions or reflections on historical events but first hand witness testimony of girls who saw, were beaten and raped.

Pen & Sword have a great sense of time and place in their published historical books this one is a gem, a real diamond and will live with me for the rest of my life. This is the power of books; but they gather dust unless you read them. This is one you cannot afford to miss. In an age where celebrity books are best sellers this fine book tells about ordinary women who are closer to you than any star of stage or screen. For these girls have so much more to say and they share your humanity.

See the review online here.

Richard Latham, GoodReads

As featured in

Antiques Diary, November - December 2017

As featured in

Haaretz Daily

Author article exploring the youth parties for girls and young women that underpinned the National Socialist doctrine as featured in

Armourer, September 2017

As featured in

The Times 3/8/17

As featured on

The Star 31/7/17

As featured on

Mirror 31/7/17

As featured on

Mail Online 31/7/17

As featured in

Mail on Sunday 30/7/17

This is an incredible book and one which I warmly recommend to students of history, politics and military affairs. Above all in my opinion it should be read by all who share a common humanity with the children who grew up in a Nazi Germany. It also should be championed by women’s movements across the world to show the strength and courage of women and while equality is a reality not a dream.
What is also an astonishing fact is this is Tim Heath’s first book. He should be very proud and if he chooses to he has a successful career as an author waiting for him.
This is a history book charting the raise of Nazism under Hitler’s government, World War II and the fall of Berlin. What makes it stand out is the passage of time since these events, allowing for the release of records but more importantly the opening of memories of those involved namely the girls and young women of Germany.
It is Heath’s good fortune and expertise in fashioning his narrative around first hand experiences. It is no small task to provide courage and convey trust for these women who have been quiet all their adult lives to finally describe and remember the worst times of their lives. He has been sensitive but he has allowed their words to stand out. He has therefore been patient, open and he must possess a listening heart.

This is the best non-fiction book I have read this year. It has taught me so much I thought I knew but only previous grasped in in the most simplistic of ways. It demonstrates the value of eye witness testimonies and despite the voices of Hitler’s Girls finally being heard I despair we won’t all be ready to listen and learn.
It is a compelling read, covering changing attitudes to the role of women within Germany from Mother Earth nurturing the pure children of the Reich to replacement ‘men’ working in factories and taking up arms to defend the Fatherland.
The women speak with honesty and openness about these times, young love, fear and loathing of allied bombing and doing their duty.
The most chilling passages concern the end of hostility and the fall of Berlin. It firms up what I had heard about the Soviet advance and consequences of their arrival first into the destroyed city.
It is heartbreaking and difficult to read, the words hit Home as they are not opinions or reflections on historical events but first hand witness testimony of girls who saw, were beaten and raped.
Pen & Sword have a great sense of time and place in their published historical books this one is a gem, a real diamond and will live with me for the rest of my life. This is the power of books; but they gather dust unless you read them. This is one you cannot afford to miss. In an age where celebrity books are best sellers this fine book tells about ordinary women who are closer to you than any star of stage or screen. For these girls have so much more to say and they share your humanity.

Richard Latham

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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