A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism (Paperback)
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A Village in the Third Reich: How Ordinary Lives Were Transformed By the Rise of Fascism (Paperback)

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Published: 06/10/2022
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By viewing the horrors of Nazism through the prism of one remote German village, Boyd and Patel return the almost unimaginable evils of Hitler's regime to an intimate and profoundly human level, making A Village in the Third Reich unflinching yet compelling and urgently necessary reading.

Oberstdorf is a beautiful village high up in the Bavarian Alps, a place where for hundreds of years ordinary people lived simple lives while history was made elsewhere. Yet even here, in the farthest corner of Germany, National Socialism sought to control not only people's lives but also their minds.

By putting one village under the microscope, this book evocatively portrays the momentous period of Nazism in Germany. Why did Germans respond to Hitler in the manner that they did? How did their attitudes change as the war progressed? And when all hope was gone and their country lay in ruins, how did they pick themselves up and start again?

Drawing on archive material, letters, interviews and memoirs, A Village in the Third Reich is an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler, of the descent into totalitarianism and of the tragedies that befell all of those touched by Nazism. In its pages we meet the Jews who survived - and those who didn't; the Nazi mayor who tried to shield those persecuted by the regime; and a blind boy whose life was thought 'not worth living'. It is a tale of conflicting loyalties and desires, of shattered dreams, despair and destruction. But if this is primarily a tale of political tragedy, it is also one in which human resilience triumphs. These are the stories of ordinary lives at the crossroads of history.

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
ISBN: 9781783966639
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘A fascinating deep dive into one community as it experiences the rise and fall of Hitler.’ The Times ‘Boyd is an outstanding micro-historian.’ iNews ‘Masterly . . . [Boyd is] a leading historian of human responses in political extremis.’ The Oldie ‘Fascinating… You’ll learn more about the psychological workings of Nazism by reading this superbly researched chronicle… than you will by reading a shelf of wider-canvas volumes on the rise of Nazism.’ Daily Mail ‘Exceptional... Boyd's book reminds us that even the most brutal regimes cannot extinguish all semblance of human feeling' Mail on Sunday ‘Gripping… vividly depicted… [a] humane and richly detailed book’ Spectator ’An absorbing, thoroughly recommended read’ Family Tree magazine ‘Compelling and evocative’ All About History ’The rise of Nazi Germany through the prism of one small village in Bavaria. […] Astonishing’ Jane Garvey on Fortunately… with Fi and Jane ‘incredibly engaging’ History of War magazine

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“such a brilliant history book”

This was an amazing read. I just couldn't put this book down. It was so interesting. I loved how easy this history book was to read. It flowed exceptionally well. You felt like you were experiencing what like was... More

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“Beautifully captured snapshots of history”

A really well-researched, thorough dive into the lives of the villagers in Oberstdorf at the end of WW1 through to the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Julia Boyd highlights the nuances and grey areas in a spot of... More

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“Masterful historical craft”

Such an amazing book - both in its analysis, breadth, and literary quality.
Boyd just strikes me with such awe as an author. I’m really glad that this book retains all the strengths of Travellers in the Third Reich;... More

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