The Perfect Nazi

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The Perfect Nazi

The Perfect Nazi

Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past

  • Author: Martin Davidson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101513527
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
  • View: 9104
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What if you found out that your grandfather had been a Nazi SS officer? This is the confession that Martin Davidson received from his mother upon the death of demanding, magnetic grandfather Bruno Langbehn. The Perfect Nazi is Davidson's exploration of his family's darkest secret. As Davidson dove into his research, drawing on an astonishing cache of personal documents as well as eyewitness accounts of this historical period, he learned that Bruno's story moved lock-step in time with the rise and fall of the Nazi party: from his upbringing in a fiercely military environment amid the aftermath of World War I, to his joining the Nazi party in 1926 at the age of nineteen, more than six years before Hitler came to power, to his postwar involvement with the Werewolves, the gang of SS stalwarts who vowed to keep on after the defeat of Nazism. Davidson realized that his grandfather was in many ways the "perfect Nazi," his individual experiences emblematic of the generation of Germans who would plunge the world into such darkness. But he also realized that every fact he uncovered was a terrible truth he himself would have to come to terms with...

How Hitler Was Made

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How Hitler Was Made

How Hitler Was Made

Germany and the Rise of the Perfect Nazi

  • Author: Cory Taylor
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • ISBN: 1633884368
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 295
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Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power. How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early-20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the "Third Reich"? Unlike many other books that track Adolf Hitler's career after 1933, this book focuses on his formative period--immediately following World War I (1918-1924). The author, a veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, when forces on both the left and right were engaged in a desperate power struggle. Among the competing groups was a highly sophisticated network of ethnic chauvinists that discovered Hitler and groomed him into the leader he became. The book also underscores the importance of a post-war socialist revolution in Bavaria, led by earnest reformers, some of whom were Jewish. Right wing extremists skewed this brief experiment in democracy followed by Soviet-style communism as evidence of a Jewish-Bolshevik plot. Along with the pernicious "stab-in-the-back" myth, which misdirected blame for Germany's defeat onto civilian politicians, public opinion was primed for Hitler to use his political cunning and oratorical powers to effectively blame Jews and Communists for all of Germany's problems. Based on archival research in Germany, England, and the US, this striking narrative reveals how the manipulation of facts and the use of propaganda helped an obscure, embittered malcontent to gain political legitimacy, which led to dictatorial power over a nation.

The Perfect Nazi

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The Perfect Nazi

The Perfect Nazi

Uncovering My SS Grandfather's Secret Past and how Hitler Seduced a Generation

  • Author: Martin Peter Davidson
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9780385662345
  • Category: Allemagne / Histoire / 1933-1945 / Biographies
  • Page: 316
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A unique and highly personal history of Nazi Germany, supported throughout by documents and transcripts. In 1993 Martin Davidson discovered that his German grandfather, who seemingly spent the war as an unassuming dentist in Berlin, had been a Nazi. And a thoroughly committed one, too: he had joined the Bund as a child, graduated to the brownshirts, and signed up for the party as soon as it had become legal, seven years before Hitler came to power. Davidson became determined to discover who and what his grandfather had really been. This book is the story of that quest. It is the piecing together and fleshing out of an archetype on which the Nazi party was founded: the middle-ranking, cogwheel-oiling, in-tray-emptying, memo-writing, fanatical fascist. As Davidson trawls through the archive, discovering many revelatory documents, he comes closer and closer to a mind-reeling possibility. His grandfather had been in Hungary in 1944. Did his commitment to evil go as deep as working with Eichmann on the sending of 700,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz? Davidson also investigates and considers the lives and careers of other members of his family, some of whom made very different choices. He asks, what does it mean to discover that so many of one's relatives operated on the wrong side of the greatest moral divide of modern times? And what light does that discovery shed on the inner workings not just of Nazi bureaucracy, but on the complex of emotions and calculations that drew millions of Germans to throw in their lot with an insane ideology of mass murder?

Defying Hitler

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Defying Hitler

Defying Hitler

The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule

  • Author: Gordon Thomas,Greg Lewis
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0451489055
  • Category: History
  • Page: 560
  • View: 9601
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"A terrifying and timely account of resistance in the face of the greatest of evils.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The First Wave An enthralling story that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi rule Nazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets to Allied spies. Some forged passports to help Jews escape the Reich. For others, resistance was as simple as writing a letter denouncing the rigidity of Nazi law. No matter how small the act, the danger was the same--any display of defiance was met with arrest, interrogation, torture, and even death. Defying Hitler follows the underground network of Germans who believed standing against the Fuhrer to be more important than their own survival. Their bravery is astonishing--a schoolgirl beheaded by the Gestapo for distributing anti-Nazi fliers; a German American teacher who smuggled military intel to Soviet agents, becoming the only American woman executed by the Nazis; a pacifist philosopher murdered for his role in a plot against Hitler; a young idealist who joined the SS to document their crimes, only to end up, to his horror, an accomplice to the Holocaust. This remarkable account illuminates their struggles, yielding an accessible narrative history with the pace and excitement of a thriller.

HHhH

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HHhH

HHhH

A Novel

  • Author: Laurent Binet
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1429942762
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich", or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich". The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History. Who were these men, arguably two of the most discreet heroes of the twentieth century? In Laurent Binet's captivating debut novel, we follow Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England; from their recruitment to their harrowing parachute drop into a war zone, from their stealth attack on Heydrich's car to their own brutal death in the basement of a Prague church. A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet's remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history. HHhH is one of The New York Times' Notable Books of 2012.

A Defiant Life

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A Defiant Life

A Defiant Life

Thurgood Marshall and the Persistence of Racism in America

  • Author: Howard Ball
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • ISBN: 0307777987
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 464
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Thurgood Marshall's extraordinary contribution to civil rights and overcoming racism is more topical than ever, as the national debate on race and the overturning of affirmative action policies make headlines nationwide. Howard Ball, author of eighteen books on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary, has done copious research for this incisive biography to present an authoritative portrait of Marshall the jurist. Born to a middle-class black family in "Jim Crow" Baltimore at the turn of the century, Marshall's race informed his worldview from an early age. He was rejected by the University of Maryland Law School because of the color of his skin. He then attended Howard University's Law School, where his racial consciousness was awakened by the brilliant lawyer and activist Charlie Houston. Marshall suddenly knew what he wanted to be: a civil rights lawyer, one of Houston's "social engineers." As the chief attorney for the NAACP, he developed the strategy for the legal challenge to racial discrimination. His soaring achievements and his lasting impact on the nation's legal system--as the NAACP's advocate, as a federal appeals court judge, as President Lyndon Johnson's solicitor general, and finally as the first African American Supreme Court Justice--are symbolized by Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that ended legal segregation in public schools. Using race as the defining theme, Ball spotlights Marshall's genius in working within the legal system to further his lifelong commitment to racial equality. With the help of numerous, previously unpublished sources, Ball presents a lucid account of Marshall's illustrious career and his historic impact on American civil rights.

Fault Lines

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Fault Lines

Fault Lines

  • Author: Nancy Huston
  • Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN: 0802198686
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
  • View: 5135
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A brilliantly written family epic that won France’s Prix Femina and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. “An immaculate novel” (The Guardian). In a profound and poetic story, internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Nancy Huston traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WWII-era Germany. Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. When Sol’s family makes an unexpected trip to Germany, secrets begin to emerge about their history during World War II. It seems birthmarks are not all that’s been passed down through the bloodlines. Closely observed, lyrically told, and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a touching, fearless, and unusual novel about four generations of children and their parents. The story moves from the West Coast of the United States to the East, from Haifa to Toronto to Munich, as secrets unwind back through time until a devastating truth about the family’s origins is reached. Huston tells a riveting, vigorous tale in which love, music, and faith rage against the shape of evil. “Huston’s powerful novel combines the pacing of a thriller with the emotional intricacies that are the hallmark of the best family stories.” —Booklist, starred review

Nazi Germany

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Nazi Germany

Nazi Germany

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Jane Caplan
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0198706952
  • Category: History
  • Page: 170
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Nazi Germany may have only lasted for 12 years, but it has left a legacy that still echoes with us today. This work discusses the emergence and appeal of the Nazi party, the relationship between consent and terror in securing the regime, the role played by Hitler himself, and the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide left by Nazi Germany.

THE LAST NAZI

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THE LAST NAZI

THE LAST NAZI

  • Author: Carl Hiltbrand
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781462818297
  • Category: History
  • Page: 639
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Germany in 1930 is in a state of chaos. The terms of the Treaty of Versailles force Germany to pay reparations that are bleeding the country dry. The political climate is ripe for a revolution. The people feel a mixture of hatred, hopelessness and despondency. ADOLPH HITLER is about to step onto the world stage to lead the country out of the oppressive situation. HAROLD ANDERSON and his wife MARY, who is seven months pregnant with what she believes is one child, arrive in Bremerhaven, Germany from the United States during that bleak year. . Unknowingly, the Andersons are thrust into a political cauldron, which will affect their lives forever. Mary’s labor pains start unexpectedly. One twin son is born as Mary faints from pain and exhaustion. Another identical twin son is delivered by the German doctor, using caesarean surgery, while Mary is still unconscious. Unknown to the parents, he is taken immediately to a German specialist, EMIL VON HOFFEN, who saves his life but plans to secretly separate him from his twin brother and American parents. Harold and Mary are never made aware of their second child, and they return to the United States. The second twin is adopted by Doctor von Hoffen, who plans to use him, along with other sets of twins, in experiments to develop the perfect Aryan German. Eric von Hoffen, the German twin is raised as a Nazi youth. At age fifteen Eric is honored by Hitler personally. He becomes part of the elite guard force at the Fuherbunker in Berlin near the final end of the ‘Third Reich’. Eric actually witnesses the burial and burning of the corpses of Adolph Hitler and EVA BRAUN. Meanwhile in the United States, Harold Jr., while in college, rescues a girl, DONNA COX, from the influence of the worst of the night world, prostitution. The brown-haired beauty and Harold fall in love and marry following his graduation from the University. . . . Their idyllic life is interrupted when Harold Jr. is drafted into the military in early 1953, during the Korean War. He is shipped to West Germany where he discovers the existence and identity of his twin brother and the intrigue that led to the separation of the twins at their birth. It is now 1988. Harold Anderson Jr. is voted president-elect of the United States. Eric plots the kidnapping of his brother and is successful in usurping the presidency. The deception fails later when Harold is rescued and confronts his brother in the oval office of the White House. All the indoctrination and brainwashing by the Nazis during his youth could not blot the love von Hoffen held secretly for his brother all those years. He perhaps did not realize it himself as he made the instantaneous decision to leap in front of a bullet meant for his brother. In a climactic scene near the end, the president holds his dying brother in his arms as life ebbs from him. “As Abel would have forgiven Cain, I forgive my brother. He was a casualty of a ruthless society and belief. Let’s hope he truly is, the last Nazi.”

Testimony from the Nazi Camps

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Testimony from the Nazi Camps

Testimony from the Nazi Camps

French Women's Voices

  • Author: Margaret Anne Hutton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113427338X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 217
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This interdisciplinary study intergrates historiographical, literary and cultural methodologies in its focus on a little known corpus of testimonial accounts published by French women deported to Nazi camps. Comprising epistemological and literary analyses of the accounts and an examination of the construction of deportee identities, it will interest those working in the fields of modern French literature, genre, women's studies and the Holocaust.