Inside Hitler's Germany Kindle Edition
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In this highly insightful book the reader really gets to look at what dayly life for average Germans was during the days of Hitler's dictatorship. Unless you were of Jewish ancestry or devout or left of centery or part of some group on the nazi hit list and unwilling to compromise your morals to the new regime, dayly life for the average German portrayed here was really not that bad as compared to what life was like for the average serf of the Soviet state.
The chapters are well illustrated by pictures and provide an infomative peak for what every aspect of dayly life was like for the average German of this period.
However, for me, like Spock says in Star Trek, Understanding does not mean approval.
The content of the book itself is very good. I am a slow reader, but found myself reading a chapter a day. It features chapters on the war, economics, genocide, how the Nazis were formed and came to power, resistance movements, youth organizations, women in the Reich, and a brief bio of Hitler. The book does a good job of giving a general history of the war itself, but never straying too far from the point of the book--describing life in Nazi Germany. The book even features a two page glossary at the end with some definitions of terms. Overall, it is a wonderful read and is an excellent introdcution to life in Germany.
However, it does not get 5 stars for two reasons. First, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, I found the last chapter somewhat curious as the authors spent several pages quoting German soldiers who were captured by the Russians, but were treated well, which was not the norm. Then, they spent just a couple paragraphs describing the more common experience of being sent to gulags and not returning to Germany for several years, if at all. Second, although the authors obviously did a thorough amount of research, there are no footnotes, no endnotes, no bibliography page. As someone who received a B.A. in history, I was always taught to cite everything and the authors do not do this, which is frustrating because it does not allow the reader to verify their facts or to read further based upon their research.