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Royals and the Reich: The Princes Von Hessen in Nazi Germany

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The link between Hitler's Third Reich and European royalty has gone largely unexplored due to the secrecy surrounding royal families. Now, in Royals and the Reich, Jonathan Petropoulos uses unprecedented access to royal archives to tell the fascinating story of the Princes of Hesse and the important role they played in the Nazi regime.
Princes Philipp and Christoph von He
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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So what do you do if you are Prince, but your country is no longer a kingdom?

Try to hold on to your money, of course.

Petropoulos examines the effect of Nazi Germany on the German princes, in particular two of the von Hessens. While the subject is interesting, and Petropoulos does an excellent job at examining facts, at times the book drags. The last two or three chapters are the most intersting, with the rest forming background. While the von Hessens did fight for Nazi Germany, two of thier memb
Sep 02, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german-history
Petropoulos goes where no one has gone before. I had often wondered about the rumors surrounding the Windsors for which JP carefully separates facts from fiction. I had also wondered about what had become of the many royal houses of pre-Weimar Germany. With this book, I understand a lot more about their post WWI history.

This is not just a story of the von Hessen princes, while they are the focus, they are used as a benchmark for many royals in this period.

The devastation of Germany in WWI (22% o
May 10, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good info, long winded

It's a terrific contribution to life in the upper strata of Hitler's Germany. This book covers a specific family and the aristocracy as a whole very thoroughly.

That said, the author is just so long winded. Specifically I'm thinking about the section on bombing the British royal couple at the castle in London. Was Christoph involved or not? Well, it looks like not. He could have summed up all the evidence in three paragraphs instead of an extremely long chapter. You just wis
Sep 13, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
The story is interesting, so it's a shame the writing doesn't live up to it. The book has disjointed information and random threads that go nowhere. It's too difficult to keep track of who is who with the way the author jumps all over in the narrative.
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Jan 18, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing
This was a remarkable book, rich in research and yet completely "readable". Petropoulos deals with a controversial subject with great diplomacy and conviction.
May 30, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Read the beginning and the end, and skimmed the middle.
Sep 19, 2007 Jenny rated it it was ok
This one is strictly for history buffs and royal-watchers.
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