Travelers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism: 1919–1945
The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible, but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt—even of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propagand ...more
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This book BRILLIANTLY chronicles how and why ordinary people endured, accepted, and often cheered Hitler’s rise and if you don’t think you could do the same thing then you definitely need to read this book.
The primary reasons for the complacency and/or enthusiasm are happening here and now:
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Julia Boyd has written what has to be one of the most fascinating books of the using new material for private collections and archives around the world. She also asks the poignant question of without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what’s right in front of your eyes? Clearly not an easy question to answer, but one Julia Boyd sets out to do with Travellers in the Third Reich.
Looking back as we do, it is hard for people today to und ...more
I had no idea there was such a healthy tourist industry in Germany right up to 1939 with large numbers coming from the UK and the USA. Many of the letters Boyd quotes are from these ordinary travellers, as wel ...more
Travellers in the Third Reich is a chronological overview of the history of the Third Reich, supplemented with the accounts of a wide variety of foreign visitors (mostly from the UK and the US). The book doesn’t put forward any grand conclusions. Rather, it offers a new perspective on Germany during this time and a glimpse into the political attitudes around the world.
The main takeaway is that whilst the warning signs of Hitler’s regime are obvious with the benefit of hindsight, the situation wa...more
The core question asked in Travellers in the Third Reich is as follows: 'Without ...more
One of the questions I get asked every year is ‘why did nobody realise what the Germans were doing?’ and this book is a significant help in ...more
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On the whole, the wives of diplomats and female travelers come out ahead as far as being more observant, more willing to call out the atrocities, more honest in their pleas.
The most disgusting were the academics. Horrible. They should be ashamed.