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Geschichte eines Deutschen

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,203 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Es gibt Bücher, da sitzt man als Rezensent nach der Lektüre hilflos vor einer riesigen Sammlung von Zitaten und weiß nicht, wie man alle in seine Besprechung einbauen soll. Einer dieser zugegebenermaßen seltenen Fälle ist Geschichte eines Deutschen; Sebastian Haffners Erinnerungen an die Zeit zwischen dem Kriegsausbruch 1914 und dem Machtantritt der Nationalsozialisten str ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published August 2000)
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... translated from Geschichte eines Deutschen. Die Erinnerungen 1914–1933. (Written in approximately 1940, was published after he died)

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Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
Reposting this with tears in my eyes, realising the fascist plague has reached the German Bundestag as well. I thought what I witness in America was as bad as 2017 can get. I was wrong!

"Je länger dieser Sommer 1933 dauerte, umso unwirklicher wurde alles."

Translated into contemporary time, I would say: "Over the course of the 2017 winter, everything became more and more unreal."

Haffner, growing up and maturing in a Germany increasingly influenced, and then taken over by, Hitler and his thugs, wro

Hitler Jugend.

Con la storia contingente e privata della mia della mia contingente e privata persona sono convinto di raccontare un pezzo importante della storia tedesca ed europea, non ancora raccontato. Qualcosa di più importante e di più significativo che se raccontassi chi ha incendiato il Reichstag e cosa si siano detti veramente Hitler e Röhm

Wow, Haffner si sente in pole position!

Hitler con Ernst Röhm, comandante delle SA.

Il punto di vista di chi scri
The English translation of this book is called "Defying Hitler" which I am sure helped sell more copies but underplays the wider interest of this book which covers the years 1914 to 1933 in the life of a man from the German, specifically Prussian, middle class.

While at school during the Kapp Putsch, for instance, a particularly right-wing teacher (view spoiler) asks if they can feel the difference in the atmosphere now that
Lewis Weinstein
Haffner provides a real sense of what it was like to experience the Hitler takeover of Germany. From the eyes of a child before Hitler was ever heard of through 1938 when Hitler had squashed all opposition, Haffner reports in often electric prose how he felt.

A few examples ...

... Göring ordered the police to intervene in any brawl on the side of the Nazis, without investigating the rights and wrongs of the matter, and to shoot at the other side without prior warning

... my reaction was icy horr
As I have read and studied about World War II through the years, I, too, have had the same questions Haffner's son mentions near the end of this book--How were the Nazis possible? and Why weren't they stopped by the German people? This book does an awesome job of providing some answers. It made it clear to me that Germany and its people were the first victims of Hitler and the Nazis. They were conquered first and then Hitler/Nazis moved on to other countries around them.

I think that Haffner did
A brilliant and clear examination of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1930s Germany. It is chilling to see how quickly and thoroughly a group of thugs terrorised and subjugated a whole country.

Towards the end of the book, Haffner and his fellow law students were required to undergo some military training and of course indoctrination, before they could take their final exams, an efficient way of ensuring the judiciary was a part of the system.

They were in uniform and of course marchin
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: biography
This is the story of Sebastian Haffner, a man who lived in Germany during Hitler's rise to power. I loved hearing the story from the perspective of the average German. I can't imagine living in such tumultuous times, but reading this book gives me a glimpse. The best part about it is the fact that it tries to answer two very important questions: how on earth a regime like the Nazis could rise to power, and how almost the entire nation where corrupted by them. It's a wonderful story that I would ...more
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Çarpıcı bir gözlem yeteneği, güçlü bir üslup. Nazilerin yükseliş dönemine ilişkin yarım kalmış bu hatıratı bazen durup düşüncelere dalarak, kendi hayatlarımızla olan benzerliğine hayıflanarak okudum. Bazen de yazarının anti-komünizmine, devrimci düşmanlığına ve bir türlü yanılmazlığına sinirli sinirli gülerek. Ölümden korkup Nazi üniformasını üzerine geçirmeyi kabullenmesine rağmen, özgürlüğü için can verenlere yine de tepeden bakmayı başarabilen bir aydın kibri, ikinci bir Stefan Zweig vakası.

Brian Leach
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
If you are like me and you've always wondered just how an insane madman like Adolf Hitler came to power in a modern country like Germany then read Defying Hitler. The author, who describes his personal experiences of the time, pulls no punches and makes no excuses for the shift to radical nationalism in Germany in the 1930s.

The book is presented much like a diary recounting the author's life at specific times in Germany between WWI when he was a small child and 1933 when the Nazi regime began to
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
"El alma colectiva y el alma infantil reaccionan de forma muy parecida. Los conceptos con los que se alimenta y se moviliza a las masas nunca serán lo suficientemente infantiles."

La historia de Alemania entre 1914 y 1933 desde el punto de vista de la calle, de un joven alemán que sin ser nazi se ve obligado a plegarse a las coacciones de la masa nazionalista o a sufrir represalias. Este libro tiene una vigencia en la España actual de primer orden. No hay más que mirar la historia pseudo-democrát
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Where has this book been? I can't believe it's taken me this long to find it. It is a brilliantly written first hand account of life for a pretty average boy growing up in Berlin in the early 1900s. It was originally written in 1939 (so before the outbreak of WWII) when the author had just emigrated to the UK from his home in Germany. What I really appreciated about the book was that it was written before the war (so no 20/20 hindsight view) and that it recounts both how strange the times w ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an account of what went on in Germany from the end of WWI to right before the start of WWII. It is told from an everyday German person's point of view. This is an era that is largely ignored by history books and the story of a regular persons life as his home country changes before his eyes is very compelling. People often ask "How could the German people let this happen?" (meaning the Nazi takeover). This book is rather frightening in that it shows how easily it happened without or ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to get into the book at first- all the different German leaders and shifting politics was hard to keep up with. But it was interesting to read about Hitler's rise to power from the perspective of a German youth who did not believe in Hitler's ideals. The last half is where I started to get more interested, as that is when Hitler and the Nazis began to gain power.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haffner’in anıları, Nazizmin ve Hitler’in yükseliş dönemine bireysel bir bakış niteliği taşıyor. Almanya’da çılgınlığın yükselişi, inanılmayacak baskıların, insanların nazi olmaması nedeniyle işlerinden atılması, yurtdışına çıkışlarının engellenmesi, ırk, dil, düşünce nedeniyle öldürülmesi uygulamalarının topluma nasıl kabul ettirildiğini anlatıyor...
Bu anıların yüz yıl geride kaldığı, arada yaşanan ikinci dünya savaşında milyonların yaşamını yitirdiğini biliyor, bu nedenle yaşadığımız dönemle
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Зябко, стыдно и освобождено
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Галя Юзефович написала в ФБ, что ЛА посоветовал ей прочесть эту книгу. Верный принципу «Всегда слушай Юзефовича», прочёл её и я.
Хафнер (эмигрировавший из Германии до начала Второй мировой войны и вернувшийся только после поражения нацизма) описывает свои ощущения от детства и ранней юности между Первой мировой войной и началом фашизма; мюнхенская заря Гитлера заканчивает собою книгу. Из этих наблюдений он выводит и некоторые поколенческие черты, объясняя ими, почему Германия пала в обьятья наци
Jon Larson
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very surprising. It was a memoir that read like a fiction account. It was very fascinating to read the account of the what it may have been like for the German populace during the years between WWI and WWII. How could have they succumb to the Nazi regime? Why didn't anyone do anything about it? I was surprised to hear about how Germany was first systematically taken over, almost like they were the first country to fall to the Nazi's. It sure makes you think that we are not all immu ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I've been a fan of what my school described as 'Modern World History for as long as I can remember. This book - written in 1939 whilst the author was in exile in England - satisfies my lust for the historical facts and the personal views on how Germany came under the thrall of the National Socialist Party. It is brilliantly written. He is critical of his fellow Germans in a way that only a native can be. I would have loved to have met him.
Ruth Wahtera
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: audible-download
This memoir of growing up in Germany as Hitler was coming into power offers a remarkable first-person story. It should be required reading for us all.
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Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
An extraordinary account of the rise of Nazism by an ordinary German that goes a long way to answering the questions "Why did it happen?" and "Why wasn't it stopped?".

This account is completely relevant today is these times of surging populism, and shows how liberties are eroded one at at time, rather than all at once. Like a rising tide the individual is submerged in a sea of falsehood and the bombastic glorifications of nationalism and racism.

The message and the warning is very clear, the only
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A través de su historia, la de un ciudadano normal y corriente, el autor explica cómo el pueblo alemán pudo aceptar y adoptar una ideología como el nazismo y cómo los nazis llegaron al poder.

No es una historia sobre el holocausto, ni sobre la Alemania nazi, es una historia sobre el nacimiento y propagación de una ideología.

Un libro muy muy interesante, de obligada lectura para todo aquel al que le guste esta etapa de la historia y quiera comprender cómo algo como el nazismo pudo existir.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating true story about Germany during the rise of Hitler. He explains in detail and with background how the Nazi regime came about and the psychology of the German citizens at that time. Completely absorbing and answers the question, "How did the German people let that happen and why didn't they stop it?"
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read. Hard to put down. Different perspective than I have ever read regarding the rise of Hitler and Germany as a whole.
Judith Johnson
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book which I have recommended to many people, and to which I have referred when discussing the subject of right wing dictatorships systematic take overs of the judiciary...
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Defying Hitler” is one of those relatively few books (available widely in English at least) that are contemporaneous memoirs of events relating to the Third Reich. Any book, memoir or not, written after the war necessarily suffers from hindsight perception, so contemporaneous material is particularly interesting. (The classic modern example is Victor Klemperer’s diaries, which cover the war and pre-war period.) “Defying Hitler” was written in 1939, covering events in 1933, and was only publishe ...more
Lisa Brown
A fascinating book written about the period of time between 1907 and 1933 in Germany, and more specifically, what it was a life for a typical German during Hitler's rise to power, and how it was possible for an entire country to essentially sit by and let it happen. Sebastian Haffner, the author, tells his story, and explains the innermost workings of his mind, as well as the way the Nazi's were able to take control with almost no interference from the common man. Written in 1939, but not publis ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enlightening story about the rise of the Nazis in prewar Germany. Of note is what the author calls the boycott of Jews which prevented them from working, owning businesses, etc. There is a comparison to what is happening now in America with the likes of Maxine Waters calling for what could be seen as a boycott of Republicans, especially those who support Donald Trump. The harassment we see of Republicans who are sometimes not allowed to eat in peace in public places smacks of the same kind ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You need to get past the first third to half of this book to the really good stuff. The beginning seemed to me to be rather clunkily written. However, the second half of the book, which explores what it was like to be a non-Nazi German in Germany in 1933, is gripping. Although more than half of Germans did not support Hitler at first (although later they did), there was no organized resistance in Germany. Resistance therefore seemed futile. Should one emigrate -- if that were possible? It would ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Let's start by saying that the writing style of this book isn't the best.It doesn't make reading it that much of a joy. Yet what I liked about it was the author insight and observations about political and social life in Germany pre WW2. It's scary how some of his observations could apply to certain current events ! This world indeed is a scary place !
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Sebastian Haffner (the pseudonym for Raimund Pretzel) was a German journalist and author whose focus was the history of the German Reich (1871-1945). His books dealt with the origins and course of the First World War, the failure of the Weimar Republic and the subsequent rise and fall of Nazi Germany under Hitler.

In 1938 he emigrated from Nazi Germany with his Jewish fiancée to London, hardly able
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“Can such a man, you ask, be a leader of the masses? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. The masses — by which I mean not the proletariat, but the anonymous collective body into which all of us, high and low, amalgamate at certain moments — react most strongly to someone who least resembles them. Normality coupled with talent may make a politician popular. But to provoke extremes of love and hate, to be worshipped like a god or loathed like the devil, is given only to a truly exceptional person who is poles apart from the masses, be it far above or far below them. If my experience of Germany has taught me anything, it is this: Rathenau and Hitler are the two men who excited the imagination of the German masses to the utmost; the one by his ineffable culture, the other by his ineffable vileness. Both, and this is decisive, came from inaccessible regions, from some sort of “beyond.” The one from a sphere of sublime spirituality where the cultures of three millennia and two continents hold a symposium; the other from a jungle far below the depths plumbed by the basest penny dreadfuls, from an underworld where demons rise from a brewed-up stench of petty-bourgeois back rooms, doss-houses, barrack latrines, and the hangman’s yard. From their different “beyonds” they both drew” 2 likes
“It may seem a paradox, but it is none the less the simple truth, to say that on the contrary, the decisive historical events take place among us, the anonymous masses. The most powerful dictators, ministers and generals are powerless against the simultaneous mass decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large.” 2 likes
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