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Surviving Hitler: Corruption and Compromise in the Third Reich Hardcover – 16 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st Edition edition (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684858118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684858111
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,977,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors here provide a radical examination of the relationship between the Nazi Party and those it sought to seduce and control. There are some historians who argue that the Gestapo regime was a reign of terror that forced German citizens and others to collaborate with the Nazi rulers. Other historians argue that the German people were programmed for genocide by centuries of anti-Semitism. The authors here believe neither view is correct. They argue that to understand how the Holocaust could have happened the reader and historian need to step back into the heart of daily life in the Third Reich. This book draws on new research and recently declassified documents to show life for the average citizen, and uncovers examples of protest as well as eager complicity. It examines how many really knew about the extermination camps and ask how ideologically driven was the Holocaust? The text illustrates life in Germany and its conquered territories under the Nazi regime, and gives an explanation of how mass murder could be accepted by a supposedly civilized nation.

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Life (and death) in the 3rd Reich and their ethical dilemmas
Our aim in Surviving Hitler is to step back in time to the heart of the Third Reich - including occupied countries such as France and Holland as well as Germany itself - and illustrate the range and depth of ethical and moral dilemmas under Nazism. Our research shows that the price of civic courage, of taking a stand against terror - even if just on a personal level - was not always as high as has been believed.

We have used a variety of sources to illustrate daily life and death in the Nazi era. These include declassified intelligence and diplomatic documents; our own extensive interviews with survivors from Poland, Germany, Israel, the United States and Hungary; and other little-known material.

Our aim is to focus the reader's attention on the question of moral courage, and to consider the question of how ordinary people react under extraordinary pressure. While there are many worthwhile works of scholarship examining the role of the Nazi leadership, Surviving Hitler focuses more on the incredible pressures that Nazism exerted on individuals and how they reacted.

To this end we have tried to use as much original first hand material as possible. Surviving Hitler includes for example a dramatic first hand account of the secret negotiations in wartime Budapest between the Zionist leadership and Adolf Eichmann; the story of a young German woman who was an inmate at the Theresienstadt concentration camp the day the Red Cross arrived; how a group of central Asian Jews living in Paris bribed the SS to reclassify them as Muslims, and an account of the extraordinary life of Albert Goering, brother of Hermann, who saved dozens of Jews and anti-Nazis.

We hope that readers will find Surviving Hitler as engrossing to read, as we did to research and write.

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