Nazis: A Warning from Historyby Laurence Rees, Ian Kershaw
With the fall of the Berlin Wall, previously unpublished archival material and photographs documenting the reality of daily life in Nazi Germany were made available for the first time. These materials have been collected by BBC producer Laurence Rees and used in the making of a Peabody Award-winning documentary as well as the fully illustrated book of the same name, The Nazis: A Warning from History.
Rees offers a description of the entire evolution of the ruthless slaughter of the Jews in Germany, contrasting the more simplistic view of the final years that so often is depicted. He presents this history through extensive use of interviews with those participating in the Holocaust as both villains and victims.
Some individual stories included in this epic historical book include those of a Lithuanian soldier who shot 500 people and then went to lunch; the horrified sister of a ten-year-old retarded boy "selected for immunization injection" (a fatal dose of morphine) at a hospital specializing in the "treatment" of disabled children; and a 21-year-old woman who signed a denunciation, which ultimately sent her neighbor to a concentration camp, claiming that her neighbor was "visited by a woman of Jewish appearance" and stating that her neighbor was "behaving suspiciously."
"A chilling crash course on the Nazi’s chaotic rule." —Publishers Weekly
"An outstandingly crisp, coherent account of Hitler’s rise to power." —Sunday Telegraph
"Brilliant oral history." —The Daily Telegraph
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"'A Warning from History,' the subtitle of Laurence Rees's book, is a fitting one. It may be that in the eyes of God all historical epochs are of equal importance, but in the eyes of mortals, the Nazi era has a unique place. Nazism cannot be regarded with detachment or seen as simply the arena for scholarly debates. Its history belongs to all of us. Its lessons should be heeded by all of us."--Professor Ian Kershaw
Meet the Author
Laurence Rees, writer and producer of the BBC television series The Nazis, is the creative director of history programs for BBC Television. He lives in London.
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