What we knew : terror, mass murder and everyday life in Nazi Germany : an oral history
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|aJohnson, Eric A.|q(Eric Arthur),|d1948-
|aWhat we knew :|bterror, mass murder and everyday life in Nazi Germany : an oral history /|cEric A. Johnson and Karl -Heinz Reuband.
|aTerror, mass murder and everyday life in Nazi Germany :|ban oral history
|aCambridge, Mass. :|bBasic Books,|c2006.
|axxiii, 434 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 399-417) and index.
|aThe horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitler's party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti-Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europe's Jews was a secret? Did ordinary non-Jewish Germans live in fear of the Nazi state? In this unprecedented firsthand analysis of daily life as experienced in the Third Reich, What We Knew offers answers to these most important questions. Combining the expertise of Eric A. Johnson, an American historian, and Karl-Heinz Reuband, a German sociologist, What We Knew is the most startling oral history yet of everyday life in the Third Reich.
Drawing on interviews with four thousand German Jews and non-Jewish Germans who experienced the Third Reich firsthand, presents an oral history of life in Nazi Germany, addressing such issues as guilt and ignorance concerning the mass murder of European Jews, anti-Semitism, and the popular appeal of Hitler and National Socialism.
Eric A. Johnson is the author of Urbanization and Crime: Germany 1871-1914 and The Civilization of Crime: Violence in Town and Country Since the Middle Ages. A professor of history at Central Michigan University and a fellow of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, he lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Karl-Heinz Reuband is professor of Sociology at the University of Dusseldorf. He lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.