Defying Hitler: A Memoir
Written in 1939 and unpublished until 2000, Sebastian Haffner’s memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. Covering 1907 to 1933, his eyewitness account provides a portrait of a country in constant flux: from the rise of the First Corps, the right-wing voluntary military force set up in 1918 to suppress Communism and precursor to the Nazi storm troopers, to the Hitler Youth movement; from the apocalyptic year of 1923 when inflation crippled the country to Hitler’s rise to power. This fascinating personal history elucidates how the average German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices.
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Review: Defying HitlerUser Review - Zachary - Goodreads
I once read this memoir back in 2008, using a friend's copy, and over the years, I have been meaning to read it again because of its remarkable observations and enduring insights, so recently, I ... Read full review
Review: Defying HitlerUser Review - Kenneth - Goodreads
Sebastian Haffner's eloquence clearly explains his insider insights on the developments of the Nazi regime. His perspective on the question of Hitler's rise to power humanizes the subject which is ... Read full review