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A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

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This proves to be a very effective prism through which to consider some of the most challenging questions about the Third Reich, in particular about how much ordinary German citizens knew - or cared - about the true atrocities of the Holocaust. Indirectly, the book also reveals the social change brought about not only by Nazism and war, but also by other factors.

The early war victories caused general happiness, but after Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union the atmosphere changed. A remarkable moral drama, a miniature epic that is subtle in characterization, gripping in detail, and shocking in its brutal ordinariness. DuBois—who should have been particularly attuned to race-baiting and prejudice—stopped short of demonizing the regime. Also included are the eyewitness accounts of the 99th mountain troops divisions - young, experienced climbers and skiers from Oberstdorf, - men used to harsh outdoor activities.Boyd and Patel have done a very deep dive on what seems to be a hugely comprehensive archive to tell the story of how the village adapted and changed, but also to follow the villagers as they themselves escaped, got sent to camps or went to war. This non-fiction book tells us the story of how fascism affected the simple lives of these people even in a far corner of Germany before, during, and after World War II.

Allen drew attention to the most spectacular Nazi device for raising funds and justifying their rule, the Eintopfgerichtsonntage or “Stew Sundays. Many, such as Dr Otto Reh, Chairman of the local Fishing Society, resigned when it was proposed that Jewish members should be banned – even though there were none. esmemoria on “What the stories never said: at the end of the day, if a man wants to kill you, he kills you.This one is a stunningly evocative portrait of Hitler’s Germany through the people of a single village. Yet even this remote idyll could not escape the brutal iron grip of the Nazi regime… From the author of the bestselling Travellers in the Third Reich comes A Village in the Third Reich, an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler which shines a light on the lives of ordinary people. When we consider Nazi Germany most of the time, we think of the big picture – a crazed demagogue, his relentless warmongering and mass murder.

Hidden deep in the Bavarian mountains lies the picturesque village of Oberstdorf - a place where for hundreds of years people lived simple lives while history was made elsewhere. It looked in detail at Germany between the wars, particularly as a place many Britons enjoyed visiting regularly.The Party was never designed to REPRESENT its members, but to be a tool by which The Leader controlled the membership and through them the Reich. While historians may have been familiar with such detail, the book provides a doorway through which the rest of us can enter. I often find books of this nature too large in scope to really connect with - they feel like just facts.

The overall tone here is of deep sadness rather than anger that comes with its place as history drifting out of living memory. And, coming from a country where the war always seems to have been won by English speaking people, it was refreshing to see how the French (aided by the Moroccans) liberated the village.Julia Boyd previously wrote Travellers in the Third Reich, which described the peculiar society experienced by visitors to Germany in the 30s. We meet a plethora of inhabitants, including foresters, a Protestant minister, a converted Jewish opera singer, a Catholic priest, nuns, famous mountaineers, members of the Hitler Jugend, schoolchildren, farmers, and many more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn about the impact of the Nazi regime, as this style of writing is far more engaging than most books on the topic. Both were studies of medieval villages meticulously reconstructing the lives of ordinary people within the limited space of one small place.

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