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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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

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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esmemoria on “What the stories never said: at the end of the day, if a man wants to kill you, he kills you. Self-interest clearly featured in Fink’s rescue of his son, but many of his other actions were remarkably selfless. Julia Boyd and Angelika Patel have used diaries, letters, newspaper reports and the official papers of Oberstdorfers as a lens through which to look at the rise of Nazism in Germany. Those who had joined because they thought something drastic simply had to be done about Germany’s core problems, were focused on doing that and either didn’t spare a lot of time for persecuting scapegoats, or even quietly sabotaged the persecution whenever a safe opportunity arose. Fink granted them residence permits and did not enforce full registration of their ethnicity, which meant their presence was less obvious to higher authorities.I really enjoyed getting to know the many characters and due to the unbiased narration I can draw my own conclusions.

Boyd makes a convincing case for Oberstdorfers' awareness of the Final Solution (even if not all supported it), and the most poignant aspects of the book deal with the treatment of Oberstdorf's small number of Jewish residents. The local focus of books was a sensation, as most history was at that time still written from the traditional power perspectives. We are in the habit of viewing history through the lens of our own culture, with little thought or insight into the lives of those on 'the other side'. When we consider Nazi Germany most of the time, we think of the big picture – a crazed demagogue, his relentless warmongering and mass murder. There is even a tale at the end about the resistance whose names are still being protected seventy five years on.A Village in the Third Reich’ looks at history through the prism of Oberstdorf, a Bavarian village and holiday resort high up in the Alps.



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