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It is the true story of Vladek Spiegelman, the author's father, a well-to-do Jew who owned a Textile factory in Bielsko Poland before the Nazi invasion. It chronicles Vladek's harrowing Holocaust experiences from prisoner-of-war in Nazi hands to his ordeal in the Sosnowiec ghetto to his ghastly internment at Auschwitz and beyond. One of the things that
struck me after reading the books was how incredibly lucky one had to be to have survived the Holocaust.
Although rendered in cartoon form (Jews are mice, Nazis are cats, other nationalities are pigs, dogs, etc.) it is powerfully done, earning Mr. Spiegelman a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Part of the story and much of the charm of these two books is in the interaction between Vladek and his son as Art tries to pry out the details of his father's saga while coming to grips with their differences. Also charming is Vladek's slightly fractured English, his old-world views and habits which are in such stark contrast to life today.
When I started reading Maus I literally could not put it down. I immediately ordered Maus II from Amazon to finish
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A 24-year-old Oxford University history grad started a Twitter account last August, tracking Nazi forces in “real time” as they forge across Europe in the fall of 1939.
Here is the link to the Twitter account:
Here's a couple of stories explaining it all:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/artic ... -at-a-time
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/1 ... 93345.html
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One tweet which seems sad seeing it was on Christmas
RealTimeWWIILive Tweets from WW2
UK Cabinet report: On Christmas "tentative attempts by a German garrison to fraternise with enemy troops interrupted by French machine guns"
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I've posted a long review of the book on my blog : http://svetlanakarlin.wordpress.com/201 ... -berkhoff/
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Now out of print, a tale that stays with you. Solmessen's first novel.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media ... 09-0540539
This review is from: A Princess in Berlin: A Novel (Hardcover)
A Princess in Berlin is a good book I have no doubt in recommending: an interesting an pleasurable reading. Berlin in the 1920s, through a myriad of characters and stories in different levels, is its true protagonist. The book tells a highly formative and easy to read story. We come to understand, among other things, the political and economic situation that made possible the arrival of Hitler and the nazis. It may lack some depth in its characters, and the story seems sometimes streched to tell us many bits of history. It probaly comes short in style to become a masterpiece, but it certainly succeeds in taking you close to Berlin in a critical moment in history. And despite its limitations, the book remains close to your heart. This probably explains its hughe success
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Carmen Diana ALBU-LISSON: Die in das Österreichische Bundesheer der Ersten Republik übernommenen k.u.k. Offiziere. Eine computerunterstützte Datenanalyse mit Berücksichtigung militärischer, wirtschaftlicher, sozialer, kultureller, klinischer und phaleristischer AspekteMarcus Wendel wrote:The idea of this sticky is to collect recommandations on good books dealing with the Weimar Republic and pre-Anschluss Austria.
Please post the title, author and a short (or long) explenation as to why you feel that particular title deserves to be included.
http://othes.univie.ac.at/10865/1/2010- ... 504316.pdf
I can recommend PhD dissertation written at the University of Vienna and defended in 2010 by Carmen Diana Albu-Lisson which analyses various aspects including social and professional background of the former k.u.k. officers taken into the Österreichische Bundesheer of the First Austrian Republic.
For me it was a rather interesting reading, since I like this kinds of analyses.
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However, as a memoir, Schellenberg points a very colorful picture of what his life was like working in the Third Reich, specifically in the Schutzstaffel. I particularly enjoyed the early parts of the novel that described his decisions to get involved in the government. A very good read, and I highly recommend it to anyone that has interest in the Third Reich or World War 2.
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Brustein's book was published in 1998, so I'd be interested to see a further expansion on it (as he expands on research done by others before him). He still bases it on over 40,000 NSDAP records, trying to answer the question as to why many became Nazis.
He goes through the major parties:
German Nationalist People's Party (DNVP)
The German People's Party (DVP)
The German Democratic Party (DDP)
The Catholic Center Party
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP)
The German Communist Party (KDP)
and of course the NSDAP.
Brustein goes into considerable detail on each party's platform and how the policies targeted particular segments of German society: the "old" middle class, the new middle class and the working class.
He also hypothesizes about many of the psychological and socioeconomic incentives that Germans had in joining the NSDAP and details the infighting that plagued the Weimar Republic.
Not a long read, but it helps fill in a lot of the gaps that other texts have left.
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The other book is by Count Harry Kessler titled "Berlin in Lights: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler". Kessler was a liberal minded German who was a witness to those years and he dissects the many individuals (Edouard Munch, Elizabeth Nietzsche, Oswald Spengler, Walter Rathenau, Count Hermann Keyserling, and of course, Adolf Hitler) who were making news at that time. He was a good friend of Elizabeth Nietzsche, but didn't like her anti-semitic and nationalistic attitudes. He considered himself to be what Nietzsche called "The Good European". It's a really good book and contains a lot of fascinating insights into the time.