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Voices From The Third Reich: An Oral History
A major historical document, this book contains interviews with more than 150 Germans who witnessed, participated in, or resisted the rise of Adolph Hitler. The testimony comes from well-known figures like Manfred Rommel and Helmut Kohl; former soldiers and ordinary civilians; and victims of the criminal policies of the Nazi regime. Haunting and extraordinary tales of horr ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 22nd 1994 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1989)
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I'm a sucker for oral histories, so this book fit the bill. A nice variety of people, both military and civilian were interviewed. This book runs into a problem that recent oral histories have; the people interviewed tended to be folks who were teenagers in the latter part of the war. You get to see how fun it was to be drafted into the Volkssturm or be an anti-aircraft gunner at age 15! Harrowing stories of the chaos after the eastern and western fronts fell, as well as stories of the fire-bomb ...more
It's always hard with oral histories to know how much is fact, how much embellishment, and how much misremembered whether intentionally or not. Still, this was really fascinating to read the different viewpoints of those who lived in and through this time.