Hitler's Home Front: The Nazis in the German Countryside

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What was life like for ordinary Germans under Hitler? Hitler's Home Front paints a picture of life in Wnrttemberg, a region in south-west Germany, during the rise to power and rule of the Nazis. It concentrates in particular on life in the countryside. Many Wnrttembergers, while not actively opposing Hitler, carried on their normal lives before 1939, with their traditional loyalties, to region, village, church and family, balancing the claims of Nazism. The Nazis did not kill its own citizens (other than the ...

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Overview

What was life like for ordinary Germans under Hitler? Hitler's Home Front paints a picture of life in Wnrttemberg, a region in south-west Germany, during the rise to power and rule of the Nazis. It concentrates in particular on life in the countryside. Many Wnrttembergers, while not actively opposing Hitler, carried on their normal lives before 1939, with their traditional loyalties, to region, village, church and family, balancing the claims of Nazism. The Nazis did not kill its own citizens (other than the Jews) in the way that Stalinist Russia did, and there were limits to the numbers and power of the Gestapo and to the reach of the Nazi state. Yet the region could not escape the catastrophic effect of the war, as conscription, labour shortages, migrant labour, bombing, hunger and defeat overwhelmed the lives of everyone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852854423
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/31/2006
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Stephenson is the author of Women in Nazi Germany and The Nazi Organisation of Women. She is Professor Emeritus of Modern German History at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

llustrations; Introduction; Acknowledgements; 1 Town and Country; 2 Before the War; 3 Party and State; 4 Racial Health and Persecution; 5 The Impact of War; 6 War in the Countryside; 7 Party and Church; 8 Forced Foreign Workers; 9 Migrants, Evacuees and Refugees; 10 The Last Days of the War; 11 Conclusion; Notres; Bibliography; Index

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