The Good Germans: Resisting the Nazis, 1933-1945

Author:   Catrine Clay
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
Edition:   Unabridged edition
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9781474607889


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   03 September 2020
Format:   Paperback
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The Good Germans: Resisting the Nazis, 1933-1945


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After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 20 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place? Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists. Catrine Clay's ground-breaking book focuses on six very different characters: Irma, the young daughter of Ernst Thalmann, leader of the German Communists; Fritzi von der Schulenburg, a Prussian aristocrat; Rudolf Ditzen, the already famous author Hans Fallada, best known for his novel Alone in Berlin; Bernt Engelmann, a schoolboy living in the suburbs of Dusseldorf; Julius Leber, a charismatic leader of the Social Democrats in the Reichstag; and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, a law student in Berlin. The six are not seen in isolation but as part of their families: a brother and sister; a wife; a father with three children; an only son; the parents of a Communist pioneer daughter. Each experiences the momentous events of Nazi history as they unfold in their own small lives - Good Germans all.

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Author:   Catrine Clay
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Edition:   Unabridged edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 3.40cm , Length: 23.20cm
Weight:   0.500kg
ISBN:  

9781474607889


ISBN 10:   1474607888
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   03 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Catrine Clay worked for the BBC for over twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries. She won the International Documentary Award and the Golden Spire for Best History Documentary, and was nominated for a BAFTA. She is the author of King, Kaiser, Tsar, Trautmann's Journey, which won a British Sports Book Award for Biography of the Year and was runner-up for the William Hill Sports Book Award, and Labyrinths, adapted as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. She is married with three children and lives in London.

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