Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying

Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying

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Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying by Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sönke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of covertly recorded, meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs during World War II that recently had been declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. 

These discoveries, published in book form for the first time, would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general—almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war. Collaborating with renowned social psychologist Harald Welzer, Neitzel examines these conversations—and the casual, pitiless brutality omnipresent in them—to create a powerful narrative of wartime experience.

[Originally published as Soldaten.] 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958150
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,022,811
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

SÖNKE NEITZEL is currently Chair of International History at the London School of Economics. He has previously taught modern history at the Universities of Glasgow, Saarbrücken, Bern, and Mainz.
 
Harald Welzer is a professor of transformation design at the University of Flensburg, teaches social psychology at the University of Sankt Gallen, and is head of the foundation Futurzwei.

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Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected or was led to believe, deals in psychological issues and not exclusively WW II material few actual recorded conversations, lots of mumbo-jumbo analysis .....rjp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago