About the Author
Joachim C. Fest is a German journalist and author, best known in English-speaking countries for his work with Albert Speer while writing his memoirs, and his biography of Adolf Hitler (Harcourt 2002). The 2004 film Downfall was based in part on Fest's book Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich (Macmillan 2004), along with the writings of Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge. Volker R. Berghahn is Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books on modern German and European history and on European-American relations in the twentieth century.