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Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner
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Nov 05, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: History and Political enthusiasts
Read in January, 2007

Yes, there are many books out there about Hitler and the History Channel almost seems exclusively dedicated to that era, but this book, Defying Hitler, has a different perspective. This book was published by the author's son posthumously and was arranged as a diary, not a novel. The result is an inside perspective of a young German of upper-middle class roots with no particular political leaning recording the rise of Hitler. It is interesting to note that many thought of Hitler as insignificant, a joke in the political world that had no chance in hell of gaining power. To read about daily life in Germany and it's change from WWI onward is fascinating. Hafner is a good writer and later went on to become a columnist at Die Stern.
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