What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany [NOOK Book]

Overview


The horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitler's party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti-Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europe's Jews was a secret? Did ordinary non-Jewish Germans live in fear of the Nazi state? In this unprecedented firsthand analysis of daily life as experienced in the Third Reich, What We Knew offers answers to these most ...
See more details below
What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$19.99 List Price

Overview


The horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitler's party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti-Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europe's Jews was a secret? Did ordinary non-Jewish Germans live in fear of the Nazi state? In this unprecedented firsthand analysis of daily life as experienced in the Third Reich, What We Knew offers answers to these most important questions. Combining the expertise of Eric A. Johnson, an American historian, and Karl-Heinz Reuband, a German sociologist, What We Knew is the most startling oral history yet of everyday life in theThird Reich.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786722006
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 666,165
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Eric A. Johnson is the author of Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 and The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country Since the Middle Ages. A professor of history at Central Michigan University and a fellow of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, he lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Karl-Heinz Reuband is professor of Sociology at the University of Dusseldorf. He lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Jewish survivors' testimonies
1 Jews who left Germany before Kristallnacht 3
Never to forget, never to forgive
They strangled my father with a packaging cord
Anti-semitism was there before Hitler
In Cologne they never had this anti-semitism
2 Jews who left Germany after Kristallnacht 26
My toes were frozen ... all of them fell off
All the people started yelling at us
They were all detectives in civilian clothing
Every few weeks they rounded up people and shot them
We did not feel the anti-semitism
3 Jews who were deported from Germany during the war 59
Fear was not something I knew
All the Jews were leaving, and they [the Germans] were happy, a lot of them : they were standing there laughing
They say 'we didn't know about it' : bullshit!
I wouldn't be alive if not for my mother
I know that I'll be sent to Auschwitz and be gassed anyway
We were the last ones deported in 1943
I was blond, blond
We didn't want to believe it because we could have been next
4 Jews who went into hiding 120
I had been caught and sent to Auschwitz ... I jumped out of the train!
In any case, I came out of the war a virgin
There were some people who tried to help : but they were such a minority
Pt. 2 "Ordinary Germans" testimonies
5 Everyday life and knowing little about mass murder 141
In my ten years in the Hitler youth, I never heard anybody suggest that you spy on your parents or that you spy on anybody else
They came and arrested my brother
For 60 million Germans, that was what the people really wanted
Most people were, of course, for Hitler
They felt like members of the master race
You, good girl!
Why should I have been afraid? : we just sat there in detention
There was never any particular sympathy for the Jews
A large number of people really didn't know anything
6 Everyday life and hearing about mass murder 185
That was his hobby, measuring skulls
The soldiers on leave ... did a lot of talking
Rat-a-tat-tat, dead
One heard in communist circles that numbers of Jews were being gassed
Gassed : they were killed and soap was made from the bones
[The BBC] also confirmed it, and with rather exact information
Auschwitz was not so very far away from us
7 Witnessing and participating in mass murder 226
In two days, 25,000 men, women, and children
We have to carry out some 'cleansing measures' here
There are three hundred Jews lying in each grave
I not only told my parents about that, I also told others when I was on leave
Pt. 3 Jewish survivors' survey evidence
8 Everyday life and anti-semitism 263
9 Terror 285
10 Mass murder 303
Pt. 4 "Ordinary Germans" survey evidence
11 Everyday life and support for national socialism 325
12 Terror 346
13 Mass murder 361
Conclusion : what did they know? 387
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 28, 2010

    A book that gives all sides to the same story

    This book reads like two separate books. The first half gives many different views of a incident in history that makes a person wonder how this could happen in a civilized country. This explains not only how it could happen but how it happened and how it affected people on different sides of it. The second half of the book is a very dry read. It details in a research manner percentages of what people knew or claimed they did'nt know of what became known as the final solution. Overall this is a book anyone researching World War II should read. Lessons can be learned from this book to make sure nothing of this magnitude should ever happen again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book so far has been a great insight from many Jewish people were were in Germany at the time of WWII. It's very straight forward and doesn't have the fluff that other books of this genera have. It's very honest and blunt.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)