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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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

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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A brilliant propaganda idea, the idea was that on selected Sundays (usually once a month) every person in Germany would eat stew instead of his regular meal and then contribute the difference in cost to the Nazi Volk-Welfare Society (NSV). Evidence of such a surge, however, ​also showed up last week in a survey by one of Russia’s most reputable independent pollsters, the Levada Center. He stopped short of openly saying that he was going to kill them all, but he did in fact directly and personally set in motion the killing of eighty-thousand-odd of the most handicapped or “feeble minded” people. The statement I regularly heard during my childhood that the Germans did not know what had happened, “wir haben es nicht gewußt” (‘we did not know [about] it’), is thus undeniable false.

narfna on “What the stories never said: at the end of the day, if a man wants to kill you, he kills you. Throughout the book we read snippets of attitudes and events, but we are constantly wondering about Oberstdorf’s attitudes about the big picture, first, the degree and quality of support for the Nazis; second, antisemitism and extermination camps; and thirdly, the existence or degree of organized anti-Nazi resistance. Despite the multitude of incidents and the huge cast of characters, as well as the lengthy period of memorable historical events which are described in the book, it is never confusing or lacking in interest for the reader, who will be both educated and entertained by this book. Oberstdorf, for instance, was originally a relatively inward-looking Catholic village in the mountains, but tourism was already changing it into a relatively “cosmopolitan” settlement.However, despite these noble intentions, Boyd is good at showing how much of life is not black or white, but shades of grey. Respondents aren’t asked to say which policies they support, merely how many of the four items they support. Self-interest clearly featured in Fink’s rescue of his son, but many of his other actions were remarkably selfless.

This non-fiction book tells us the story of how fascism affected the simple lives of these people even in a far corner of Germany before, during, and after World War II. Oberstdorf had a negligible Jewish population, but one resident did covertly provide assistance to Jews.From the author of the bestselling Travellers in the Third Reich comes A Village in the Third Reich: an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler, shining a light on the lives of ordinary people. by Henriëtte Laman Trip-de Beaufort (1890-1982), where Jewish children were admitted, who were provided with false papers and brought to Switzerland. The stories are well told and interweaved, allowing the reader to become fully immersed in lives which were lived 80 years ago in the most impossible of circumstances. The early war victories caused general happiness, but after Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union the atmosphere changed.



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