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0719566347 / 9780719566349
Paperback / softback
943.086
17/01/2005
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United Kingdom
152 x 233 mm, 690 grams 464 pages, none
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In this remarkable personal history Germans and German Jews now living around the world tell of their everyday experiences of life in 1930s and 1940s Germany.

They describe their brushes with the Gestapo and other organs of terror, and what they knew at the time about the mass murder of German and other European Jews.

What they say is horrifying, moving, and -- even at this distance from the war -- often surprising.

Many have spoken with remarkable openness: a radio operator in the German Army who helped machine-gun 16,000 Jews from the ghetto in Pinsk; a reserve policeman who served as a concentration camp guard in Dachau; a small-time party functionary who guided train transports of French Jews into the death camps in Poland.

Jews, many of them now in America, have spoken of their journeys by train to Auschwitz and elsewhere, the harassment they suffered in Nazi Germany, and sometimes of the support and friendship of ordinary German neighbours.

Astonishingly, the vast majority of Germans listened frequently to illegal radio, and a number admit to knowing about the murder of Jews before the end of the Second World War.Even now, many confess that they admired Hitler and believed in the Nazi movement. It is essential that the reasons for such support are understood and remembered.

BIC:

HBJD European history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, JPHX Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship

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