Defying Hitler: A Memoir

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Macmillan, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Written in 1939 and unpublished until 2000, Sebastian Haffner’s memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars.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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User Review  - Patricia Kitto - Goodreads

I found this first hand account of pre WWII Germany by a German fascinating. The author's insight into how Hitler was able to rise to such complete power made me think about nationalism and its role ... Read full review

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User Review  - N. Jr. - Goodreads

In this book, actually a diary, the author presents the idea that history is driven by ordinary people, and that analyses of the particular time period in question are best understood by the lives of ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Sebastian Haffner was born in Berlin in 1907, and died in 1999. In 1938, he was forced to flee to Britain, where he worked as a journalist. In 1954, he returned to Germany and became a distinguished historian and commentator.

Oliver Pretzel, Sebastian Haffner’s son, is the translator of this work.

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