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on 10 November 2005
This book is a bestseller in Germany and has been described as one of the most authentic sources of information on the Third Reich. The basis of the book is a rare and impressive historical find: a dossier on the personal and political life of Adolf Hitler between 1933-45. The dossier was originally compiled on Stalin's orders by the Soviet secret police and is based on the interrogation of two of Hitler's closest long-term subordinates. This book is an indispensable read, not just for historians, but for everyone interested in this era of German history, and should certainly put an end to the myth that Hitler had nothing to do with the gas chambers. It shows him in all his banality as well as his brutality.
If you've seen films like "Downfall", this book will help you separate fact from fiction. It is very well researched, with footnotes on the relevant page providing meticulous annotation of errors in the original document as well as providing additional information. The text itself is left to stand on its own, undisturbed by interpretations, analyses or distracting comments. The editors’ introduction and extensive postscript give context to the whole document while a foreword by the authoritative Richard Overy completes the book.
Not to be missed!
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