Christabel Bielenberg and Nazi Germany

Christabel Bielenberg and Nazi Germany

by Jane Shuter, Christabel Bielenberg, Jane Shuter

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Up-close and personal looks at two momentous periods of Western history are provided through these eye-witness accounts. Christabel Bielenberg's experiences in Germany during the decade of Hitler's power give poignant emphasis to the effect of totalitarian oppression on the private lives of individuals. Her husband was sent to a concentration camp, and she herself confronted the Gestapo and placed herself in danger to protest his imprisonment. Helen Williams, an Englishwoman living in Paris in 1793-94, wrote an account of the Reign of Terror when the guillotine claimed thousands of victims. This narrative, with its reports of rumors and daily news, records her fears for herself and her family, her experiences in the grim prisons of Paris, and the mounting frenzy of trials and executions that led to the sudden and violent fall of the tyrant. The slim volumes are plentifully illustrated with well-chosen photographs and posters from Germany, and, in the case of France, contemporary and appropriately gruesome prints of arrests and beheadings. Since the texts are sometimes biased or factually mistaken, both books contain notes to tie the narratives to historical events and explain specific comments or viewpoints. Introductory notes give brief biographies of the women and the circumstances of their writing. The material has been edited and "additional material" supplied, which leaves many questions about the publishing history of these accounts and the reliability of the texts for serious research. But for making history come alive for today's readers, these books are acceptable.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

Publication date:
History Eyewitness Series
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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