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

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 524 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Louise
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: german-history
Petropoulos goes where no one, that I know of, has gone before. I had wondered about what had become of the many royal houses of pre-Weimar Germany. With this book, I understand a lot more about them and their post WWI history and their participation in the Reich. Regarding the rumors surrounding the Windsors, Petropoulos carefully separates facts from fiction.

The von Hessen princes are featured in this book, but they are not the story; they are used as a benchmark for many royals in this period
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Christine
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
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Billi Haug
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read - excellent research - couldn't put it down.
Mary
May 10, 2015 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
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Marianne
Jan 02, 2011 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.
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Shelves: library, the-crown
Read the beginning and the end, and skimmed the middle.
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This one is strictly for history buffs and royal-watchers.
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