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A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

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It was a time of suspicion and mistrust; one neighbour to another; afraid to say the wrong thing for fear of the reprisals.

The first half of the book gives a fairly idea of how Hitler came to power, and how the Nazi ideology came to dominate every aspect of life, with examples ranging from the children’s sanatorium 'Hohes Licht’ (est. In fairness, the pointillist approach taken by the authors in their microhistory doesn’t necessarily mean a full picture emerges as it might from the broad-brush strokes of a macrohistory, but the attempt is valiant and the book interesting for the patient reader. What the book does show is the totality of Nazi control of people’s lives and the deep trauma suffered as a result. Hidden deep in the Bavarian mountains lies the picturesque village of Oberstdorf – a place where for hundreds of years people lived ordinary lives while history was made elsewhere. This book shows us how confusing and complex life was during this period for the ordinary, honest living German person.Important figures however, such as the Mayor and local Nazi party administrators reoccur, and they do their best to give everyone with a story justice.

But among academics, social scientists, and close watchers of Russian social trends, the Levada poll showed signs of something else: a Russian reluctance -- or even fear -- of speaking frankly and honestly to pollsters. There are a lot of tragic stories here, though there are reconstructions of the willing Nazi's there are also big questions about Good Germans and perhaps the unthinkable, Good Nazis. The Party was never designed to REPRESENT its members, but to be a tool by which The Leader controlled the membership and through them the Reich.Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CERV.

There was, at least at some key points in time, majority support for the NAZIs in the village, even though some key policies were disliked and the bullying antics of uniformed NAZI party members widely disapproved of. I remember reading an article stating that Nazi Germany and World War II are the most popular subjects among young students of history.Their canvas is large, even a village has thousands of residents, and sometimes the sheer weight of names and stories can overwhelm.

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