Life and Death in the Third Reich

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 380 pages
Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism's ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft - a "people’s community" that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. Diaries and letters reveal Germans' fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life.
 

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Historians often debate the degree to which ordinary Germans supported the Nazi regime. Fritzsche (history, Univ. of Illinois) redirects the question by asking, How did people adapt to the Nazi regime ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Reviving the Nation
19
2 Racial Grooming
76
3 Empire of Destruction
143
4 Intimate Knowledge
225
Notes
309
Index
359
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Peter Fritzsche is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign..

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