A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

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A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism – from the author of Sunday Times bestseller Travellers in the Third Reich

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The Oberstdorfers had their doubts about the upcoming national socialism; they were predominantly Catholic (Protestants were much more loyal and in larger numbers to Hitler than Catholics ever were), and they didn’t care if the people who came to their lovely village were black, white or Jewish, as long as they paid their fees and enjoyed their stay, and they made sure tourism was not interfered with by some silly rules from Berlin.

As someone who has wondered how the Nazis managed to achieve what they did, I found this book to be absolutely fascinating. A Village in the Third Reich tells a tale of conflicting loyalties and desires, of shattered dreams – but one in which, ultimately, human resilience triumphs.Some joined the party and became ‘Hitlars’, some conformed because they had to for fear of denunciation, loss of employment or worse, being sent to Dachau, some privately and quietly continued to support the few remaining Jewish villagers and others threatened by the regime. Important figures however, such as the Mayor and local Nazi party administrators reoccur, and they do their best to give everyone with a story justice. Church groups were outlawed, children were put into 'educational' camps, and the notorious Dachau opened nearby. One of the major philosophical and moral questions linked to Nazi Germany is how much ordinary people were aware of the injustices suffered by Jews and minorities at the hands of the regime. The author doesn’t say, but, surrounded by mountains, that may well have been the easiest station both to receive and to understand.

As Germany began to take a more prominent global role under Angela Merkel, its first chancellor born after World War II, interest in the “good Germans” from the Nazi era grew. A new council was imposed on the village with a majority of Nazi councillors, together with a young and ambitious Nazi mayor, one Ernst Zettler. Of course the Third Reich is most infamous for its discrimination against the Jews, which ultimately led to mass murder and genocide on an industrial scale.Set in Oberstdorf, a village in the Bavarian Alps known for simple living and winter sports, life was initially little changed by political events elsewhere. The Party was never designed to REPRESENT its members, but to be a tool by which The Leader controlled the membership and through them the Reich.

The delicacy of his position as a moderate Nazi mayor is illustrated by an anecdote that recounts how during the war he publicly reprimanded a woman for criticising the regime but then privately advised her just to be careful not to say such things to him when others were present. But one thing stands out beyond doubt: even in the smallest of villages, the impact of Nazism and the Second World were inescapable. Ms Boyd's idea to describe life in a village during the inter-war period sounds interesting as most of the books cover towns or cities whereas countrylife is rather obscure. In the early 1930s, the villagers were not willing to accept the anti-Jewish laws as they wanted to continue to welcome wealthy Jewish tourists. Fascinating and shocking at times - that people have the capacity for such evil to be dealt out to their fellow man.As such, this detailed look at what happened from the end of the First World War to the devastation of the end of the Second World War gives the reader a very personal view of events from a number of the village’s inhabitants. If you are a history buff, a WWII history enthusiast, or have an interest in the history of Germany and its people, I highly recommend this book to you. But there’s nothing new about totalitarian minions sparing their friends and neighbors from the worst excesses. It explained in detail the chain of events that led to the rise of Fascism and the consequences that followed. This is an excellent social history, which makes the reality of those years personal and immediate and shows the discomfort that many had at that time.

As Oberstdorf's leaders had never shown much sympathy for left wing politics they had little reason to fear persecution. It’s hard to know where this idea originally came from, but the author’s previous book “Travellers in the Third Reich” makes it clear that Hitler and the other top NAZIs were greatly impressed by the writings and speeches of George Bernard Shaw on the topic. A Village in the Third Reich' offers a fascinating, nuanced and authoritative insight into German social history from the end of the First World War to the late 1940s by documenting the realities of daily life in one Bavarian village: Oberstdorf, a popular mountain resort and the southernmost settlement in Germany.Fink granted them residence permits and did not enforce full registration of their ethnicity, which meant their presence was less obvious to higher authorities. What the book does show is the totality of Nazi control of people’s lives and the deep trauma suffered as a result. The Bavarian schoolboy had penned his words as part of his primary school’s “Front and Home” assignment, which asked children to send morale-boosting letters to servicemen. By the early 1920s it was a favoured tourist spot: its population of 4,000 was swelled to 9,000 by visitors who came for health cures and winter sports.



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