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A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

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In Oberstdorf, Nazism was initially slow to catch on, and Jews (and other future undesirables) were readily welcomed as part of the village's tourist trade. While there have been countless books written about the rise of Hitler, Travelers in the Third Reich relies on firsthand accounts by foreigners to convey what it was really like to visit, study or vacation in Germany during the 1920s and ’30s.

When we consider Nazi Germany most of the time, we think of the big picture – a crazed demagogue, his relentless warmongering and mass murder. The mayor, who may have had prior knowledge of Aktion T-4, managed to get his beloved epileptic son home in time, but for little Theodor it was already too late. Reading about the good, the bad, and seeing the total humanity (or lack thereof) in the individuals within Obertsdorf and the surrounding area was enlightening. The reviews and comments posted on this site reflect the opinions of individual posters and do not reflect the views of Cannonball Read. As for the actual policies: a lot of them, such as improving the position of farmers in society and investing in agriculture would have been reasonable or even beneficial if that was what had actually happened.she was the namesake of the Henriëtte de Beaufort Prize, is a triennial prize that was established in 1985 by the Society of Dutch Literature. The last chapters address the consequences for the village and its inhabitants in the aftermath of the War. Oberstdorf’s new Nazi mayor, Ludwig Fink, did not subscribe to official strictures around these murders. An utterly absorbing insight into the full spectrum of responses from ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I really enjoyed getting to know the many characters and due to the unbiased narration I can draw my own conclusions.

Travellers in the Third Reich was an excellent book (and a previous Waterstones Book of the month) and this is equally if not more excellent. A larger number of Party members joined at quite a late stage, simply because it had become impossible to have a career or further any other form of ambition without joining. A Village in the Third Reich' offers a fascinating, nuanced and authoritative insight into German social history from the end of the First World War to the late 1940s by documenting the realities of daily life in one Bavarian village: Oberstdorf, a popular mountain resort and the southernmost settlement in Germany.However, for anyone who understands the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child,” will understand the concept “it takes an Auschwitz to understand a nation. I enjoyed this book since it gives a panorama of those days, desciribing attitudes, hardships and tragedies which affected the small village.

A remarkable moral drama, a miniature epic that is subtle in characterization, gripping in detail, and shocking in its brutal ordinariness.Such a detailed analysis was possible due to vast archives preserved and to memoirs, letters and memories of those whose ancestors lived in the village before the WW2 and through it. The seeds of failure were duly sown, not just in agriculture but across the whole of the Reich economy and German society.

But one should also consider that the Nazis consciously sought to nip in the bud any attempts at criticism and dissent, and their violent tactics were unfortunately effective at silencing opposition. I don’t often review non-fiction but I loved the premise of this book; to follow the life of a single village in Germany from the end of the First World War, and all through the Second. Reviews Reviews of books, documentaries or other publications that are relevant to the teaching of history. The prose is clear, confident and measured, connecting national events to Oberstdorf as often as possible, a device that never feels forced — only human. In the beginning, the author takes us through the immediate chaos that followed after the war, especially due to the defeat and later, the Treaty of Versailles.According to Boyd he was 'both a committed Nazi and a decent human being', and in her view this should not be seen as a contradiction in terms . The Bavarian schoolboy had penned his words as part of his primary school’s “Front and Home” assignment, which asked children to send morale-boosting letters to servicemen. However, for the most part I had some trouble following who was who, despite the list of townspeople at the back of the book, and this kept me from getting too emotionally invested. Her story introduces a plethora of characters, some 60 names in total, making it difficult for a reader to follow and determine who is “important” and who is not.

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