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The German Home Front, 1939-45 Hardcover – February, 1991

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In its 12 years of existence the Third Reich changed the history of the world. Millions of German were swept along by a manic pace of events blurring processes of choice and action, and obscuring lines between meaning and senselessness. Charman, on the staff of the British Imperial War Museum, has produced an extended collage. Its focus on the German home front meant excluding other faces of Nazi Germany: the battlefields and the concentration camps. Nevertheless, the work's visual elements, including many previously unpublished photos, convey the Third Reich's protean nature more clearly than any number of words. Advertisements for sentimental "domestic films" are juxtaposed to candid shots of air-raid victims. The saluting crowds of 1933 become the shocked refugees of 1945. The text reinforces images of a people victimized by a regime whose promises obscured its evil. Recommended for general collections.
- D.E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc; 1st Ed.(U.S.) edition (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802225683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802225689
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
During the bitter years of 43-44, there was this odd scene:
'Despite the "Total War" measures of the year before, at the beginning of 1944 luxury restaurants, such as the Neva-Grill on the Bayreutherstrasse, still functioned with their "polite waiters, hors d'oeuvres, fried fish and plenty to drink." Alternately people in the capital could find spiritual nourishment in concerts such as the one given by the Fehse Quartet in the half-gutted Philharmonic Hall on 19 February, when they played Schumann to an audience listening with "dedicated attention." As the battle began to subside [a series of British air attacks known as Berlin Raids] von Kardorff took stock:
'I feel a growing sense of wild vitality within myself, and of sorrow too. Is that what the British are trying to achieve by attacking civilians? At any rate, they are not softening us up....' (p. 145)
So during daylight, area bombing might not have scared people, yet many nights the sirens wailed, everyone goes to the air raid shelters, huddling in the weak light while the guns boom, bombs crump and people cry.
Today we visualize Nazi stereotypes: goose stepping soldiers, the fleets of black bombers, and the Nuremberg party rally. Germany was that in theater newsreels. Actual life was more complicated. People had turned control of their lives over to a cancerous regime that controlled what organizations they joined, where they worked, advanced schooling for kids, and how they received their news. Moreover, that control of news meant propagandists could make use of old prejudices against other nations. So even while few seriously wanted to burn up innocent civilians, they did acquiesce to Hitler sending bombers against Warsaw, Rotterdam and London. When Secret Police could arrest you, how many would protest?
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