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In Hitler's Shadow (Hardback)

Post-War Germany and the Girls of the BDM

WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich Women of History

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526720016
Published: 21st March 2018



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Chosen by The Armourer as the 'Editor's Choice', July 2018

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In the wake of Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 and Japan’s subsequent surrender later that July, across the world the Allied press proclaimed ‘Victory War is Over’! The truth for many Germans, particularly girls of the former Bund Deutscher Madel, was that a new war was just beginning.

In Hitler's Shadow conveys the hopes, the horrors and the aftermath of the Second World War in the form of eye witness testimonies, diary entries and interviews. Through the eyes of the BDM girls, it recounts the struggle to rebuild lives destroyed by years of war, and how a country came to terms with terrible war crimes committed in its name. The result is powerful, sad, harrowing, humorous and shocking. In the realms of the study of female Hitler Youth organisations in Nazi Germany, In Hitler's Shadow has no equal.

★★★★★This book is for anyone wanting to know what it was like to be a member of the Nazi BDM organization. Young girls as young as 9 were indoctrinated into the beliefs of Nazi Germany and were raised to serve the State. An excellent read!

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Editor's Choice

What is good is that the narrative sets the scenes up and then allows the women's voices to be heard, as they recount stories of hope and horror.

The Armourer, July 2018

Article: 'Author revisits Hitler for book' by Sebastian Richards

Evesham Journal, 3rd May 2018

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. Following the successful debut of Hitler’s Girls in 2017, Sex Under the Swastika will be Tim’s latest contribution to retelling the heavily scrutinised Second World War from a fresh perspective.

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