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Written in and unpublished until , Sebastian Haffner's memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. Covering to , his eyewitness account provides a portrait of a country in constant flux: from the rise of the First Corps, the right-wing voluntary military force set up in to suppress Communism and precursor to the Nazi storm troopers, to the Hitler Youth movement; from the apocalyptic year of when inflation crippled the country to Hitler's rise to power.

This fascinating personal history elucidates how the average German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices. Since books on the Third Reich are published by the truckload, it would seem almost superfluous that a simple, personal memoir such as Sebastian Haffner's should top best-seller lists. Written after Spellbinding account of growing up in Germany in the s, written in by a young German dismayed but attempting to understand why the Nazi's came to power, and how many Ordinary Germans were bullied into going along with the regime to maintain their livelihood.

Sebastian Haffner was born in Berlin in , and died in In , he was forced to flee to Britain, where he worked as a journalist. In , he returned to Germany and became a distinguished historian and commentator. Defying Hitler : A Memoir. Sebastian Haffner. Oliver Pretzel , Sebastian Haffner's son, is the translator of this work.

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Written in and unpublished until , Sebastian Haffner's memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. Covering to , his eyewitness account provides a portrait of a country in constant flux: from the rise of the First Corps, the right-wing voluntary military force set up in to suppress Communism and precursor to the Nazi storm troopers, to the Hitler Youth movement; from the apocalyptic year of when inflation crippled the country to Hitler's rise to power. This fascinating personal history elucidates how the average German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices. Since books on the Third Reich are published by the truckload, it would seem almost superfluous that a simple, personal memoir such as Sebastian Haffner's should top best-seller lists. Written after Spellbinding account of growing up in Germany in the s, written in by a young German dismayed but attempting to understand why the Nazi's came to power, and how many Ordinary Germans were bullied into going along with the regime to maintain their livelihood.

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Defying Hitler

At one point in Defining Hitler its author asks the reader the rhetorical question: why bother to read this book? For many writers this would be a merited act of authorial self-destruction. As a memoir of life in Germany during the Nazi rise to power, it is unsurpassable. This has certainly been the judgement of the German public, which bought , copies when the book was published in Germany two years ago. The author was a well-known German journalist and historian, who adopted the name Sebastian Haffner when he left his native Germany to live in England in His real name was Raimund Pretzel, and he was born into the family of a senior Prussian civil servant in

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