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Seduced by Hitler: The Choices of a Nation and the Ethics of Survival

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Drawing on new research and recently declassified documents, authors Adam LeBor, author of Hitler's Secret Bankers, and Roger Boyes, The Times of London correspondent in Berlin, reveal a tapestry of ordinary lives lived under extraordinary circumstances-ranging from subversion and confrontation to passive acceptance and eager complicity.
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Sourcebooks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mikey B.
Aug 01, 2015 Mikey B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page 116 (my book) Ernst Junger
“The nineteenth century was a century of reason, the twentieth century is a century of cults.”

Overall I felt this book lacked unity. However, it did make many incisive observations. I thought it was to be about how the German people were seduced and mesmerized by Hitler. The first half covers this – but the last half discussed in rather cursory fashion the occupied countries and the Holocaust, where there was brutal compulsion, not seduction. So in that sense the b
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Erik Graff
Sep 14, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
I picked this one up at an EBay store in East Dundee, Illinois while staying with my dad. He, being a veteran of both theatres of WWII, is a major reason for my interest in the war. My mother, having grown up in occupied Norway, is another reason, especially for being interested in the Nazi regimes. This book addresses aspects of both.

Boyes and LeBor repeatedly state that their intention in this book is to examine the perimeters of ethical choice under the Nazis, both in greater Germany itself a
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Kim
Mar 24, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd book. The author explains his thesis early, but neither develops nor supports it very well. Moreover, the thesis almost entirely disappears from the latter two-thirds of the book. There are numerous vignettes and anecdotes throughout the book which are engaging and enlightening, but thematically disconnected. The book is not entirely a rehash of well known stories, but very much of it is familiar to those who have read much about the social history of WWII. Essentially, this struc ...more
Duzzlebrarian
Sep 24, 2012 Duzzlebrarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A disturbing book. It looks at the flip side of the Third Reich - not at the people who uniformly suffered under it, but at the people who lived under it, and who had to come to some sort of accommodation with it.

The authors argue that the Third Reich was never a monolithic enemy to all at all times, but interacted both internally and externally with a see-saw act of seduction and threat. The Reich tried to seduce its own population, and induce cooperation from others, with a mixture of threats
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Karen
Nov 19, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched although a little disorganized in presentation. Chronicles various forms of resistance and compliance.
This book compellingly makes the case for showing the choices that most in Germany made but also shows that where Hitler met resistance. Certainly counters the "Gee we never knew" stories. Hitler's death machine was all encompassing. The history told of the war forgets the children he simply starved and euthanized in special asylums. Parents began to protest and he officially en
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Christie
A fascinating study of the people and companies who were taken in by Hitler. The mastermind of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels along with the perfect storm ingredients of a nation in financial ruin and psychological peril, allowed the rabble-rouser, Hitler, to woo a mass population into submission and unwavering loyalty to their supreme leader. Fear and uncertainty illicit the need and desire for someone to take control and appear to have the answers to right the wrongs and reclaim pride and superio ...more
Scott Smith
Jun 18, 2010 Scott Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The most lasting idea I took away from this is what they called "relative prosperity." Basically, it was easier for the Germans to justify mistreating the Jews because it meant the Germans didn't feel like the lowest class anymore...there was someone more despicable to look down upon, relatively worse-off than themselves.

The book could have been a bit more organized. Sometimes I'd read something interesting but think to myself, "Doesn't this really belong in that other chapter?"
Caroline Mcphail-Lambert
Amazing because of the insight the book gives about the choices people made during a horrible time. Always have wondered why Hitler was able to do what he did, and this book helps this reader understand a little, but still . . .; I guess I wonder what I would have done, and hope I would have made better choices than many others had.
Philip Kuhn
Jan 19, 2012 Philip Kuhn rated it liked it
Good book about the ethical choices under Hitler's government. It points out some of the ethical quandries people faced, especially the Jewish leaders. Other parts of the book looses focus and seems to be about nothing in particular, just general Hitler stuff.
Tim
Apr 12, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too chilling to "really like", and while the author was attempting to address and illuminate the darker question of why were so many Germans ready to believe a lie (or two), it was not an easily readable treatment.
Fredrick Danysh
Events leading up to Hitler's rise to power and the forces that helped him achieve power. The author looks at every day life in Germany at the time as well as some world events.
Matt
May 29, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Attempts to answer the question: How could normal people be sucked into something so evil? With all the money, power and pride involved, it's not that hard, as it turns out.
John
Jan 06, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
In-depth observation of Nazi Germany. Not a bad read--at least, more detailed than hs textbooks.
Jaocb Shupe
May 23, 2011 Jaocb Shupe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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very intresting and information filled. :)
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