Defying Hitler: A Memoir

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Written in 1939 and unpublished until 2000, Sebastian Haffner's memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. Covering 1907 to 1933, his eyewitness account provides a portrait of a country in constant flux: from the rise of the First Corps, the right-wing voluntary military force set up in 1918 to suppress Communism and precursor to the Nazi storm troopers, to the Hitler Youth movement; from the apocalyptic year of 1923 when inflation crippled the country to Hitler's rise to power. This fascinating personal history elucidates how the average German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices.

 

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Since books on the Third Reich are published by the truckload, it would seem almost superfluous that a simple, personal memoir such as Sebastian Haffner's should top best-seller lists. Written after ... Read full review

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Spellbinding account of growing up in Germany in the 1930s, written in 1939 by a young German dismayed but attempting to understand why the Nazi's came to power, and how many Ordinary Germans were bullied into going along with the regime to maintain their livelihood. Read full review

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Sebastian Haffner was born in Berlin in 1907, and died in 1999. In 1938, he was forced to flee to Britain, where he worked as a journalist. In 1954, he returned to Germany and became a distinguished historian and commentator.

Oliver Pretzel, Sebastian Haffner's son, is the translator of this work.

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