第三帝国の社会史 単行本 – 2000/1
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It is divided into sections on various topics, such as Cinema or Media. Sometimes it is funny in an awful kind of way, the way people are when they have no sense of humour. For example, a Berlin social club organiser concludes an evening's speeches with 'If we go to dance now, it will not be with a sense of alien lustfulness. Our dance is dance for Germany's rebirth.'
Or there is the cycling enthusiast who claims, as the Weimar democratic constitution is dissolved that 'The Fuhrer demands the complete co-ordination (ie Nazi style structure) of the German cyclists' movement.'
There is a German comedian in it who is in and out of prison after a tailor's shop sketch, involving a man being measured for a suit with his hand raised in a Nazi salute. The tailor with a measuring tape says "19-33, -suspended rights." When barracked by an SS man in the audience as 'a lousy yid' he answers 'I only happen to look intelligent.'
A crowd of Jazz loving German teenagers are arrested for 'imitating the enemy,' by wearing check jackets, smoking pipes and listening to banned Swing Music,
-an unforgettable and haunting read.
On a personal note, my great aunt lived on the island of Guernsey under German occupation, and what she said about it being not just menacing but incredibly weird, just as this book describes. The SS kicked a Polish worker to death outside her house to the strains of the 'Merry Widow' playing out of loudspeakers hung from telegraph poles, then walked into her house and asked for English tea.
He was particularly informed on the arts, mainly the cinema ,newspapers , music and literature.
To summarize, the author impresses with original scolarship and is a unique contribution to the period
This and "The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich" by William L. Shirer are the two books to have on understanding National Socialist Germany.