A Village in the Third Reich

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

Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Paperback Published on: 06/10/2022
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A Village in the Third Reich
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. Ju... READ MORE
Chloe L


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

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A Village in the Third Reich
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 exceptionall... READ MORE
A Village in the Third Reich
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 boo... READ MORE
Joshua Marchant
A Village in the Third Reich
An insight into village life before during and after nazi rule
I was unsure about this book but I was hooked very quickly. The research that has gone into this book is excellent. It gives a real insight into how a smal... READ MORE
Jennifer  Burnet