Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Good Old Days, Ernst Klee and others

Following on from my post on "Hitler and the banality of evil".....

Understandably enough, Holocaust literature tends to be written from the perspective of the victims - think Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel.  This book, however, tells the story of the Shoah from the point of view of the perpetrators.  It is an anthology of painstakingly collected letters, reports, diaries, interviews and photographs created by the men of the SS, military and police who carried out the genocide.  Hugh Trevor-Roper wrote the foreword: "This is a horrible book to read, and yet one that should be read".

Friday, 1 June 2012

The Third Reich in Power, Richard Evans

This is the second book of Richard J. Evans' seminal trilogy on the Third Reich.  It examines politics, society and culture in Germany during the high days of the Third Reich, from Hitler's accession to power in 1933 to the outbreak of the Second World War.