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The 12-Year Reich; A Social History of Nazi Germany, 1933-1945. (1971)

by Richard Grunberger

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"In chilling detail, this social history brilliantly demonstrates the awesome power of a brutal government to corrode the human spirit."--Wall Street Journal "Invaluable for every student of the Nazi era."--New York Times Book Review The 12-Year Reich, the first comprehensive social study of the Third Reich, shows what the Nazi regime proffered as the "ideal" society and how the German people responded. Along with the violence, corruption, persecution, public extravaganzas, the ever-present Party, and the cult of the Fuhrer, a ghastly imitation of ordinary life went on. How did people talk during the Third Reich? What films could they see? What political jokes did they tell? Did Nazi ranting about the role of women (no make-up, smoking, or dieting) correspond with reality? What was the effect of the regime on family life (where fathers were encouraged to inform on sons, and children on parents)? When the country embraced National Socialism in 1933, how did that acceptance impact the churches, the civil service, farmers, housewives, businessmen, health care, sports, education, "justice," the army, the arts, and the Jews? Using examples that range from the horrifying to the absurd, Grunberger captures vividly the nightmarish texture of the times and reveals how Nazis effectively permeated the everyday lives of German citizens. The result is a brilliant, terrifying glimpse of the people who dwelt along the edges of an abyss-often disappearing into it.… (more)
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This is a great social history of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. It is not a book that you can breeze through, it is difficult reading, but well worth the effort.
When you have read this book you will have a much clearer picture of how the German citizenry became pawns in the struggle of the Nazis to create a super
race, and to rid the world of the so-called inferior people. ( )
  meroof30 | Oct 23, 2010 |
This book is well written and researched, and gives a fascinating insight into many aspects of life under the National Socialists. Gruenberger has approached the task methodically - breaking down the chapters as such:
Weimar : The Third Reich : Folk Community : The Party : Ritual and Fuhrer Worship : Corruption : Denunciation : Justice : The Civil Service : The Army : The Land : Business : The Workers : Consumption : Health : The Family : Women : Youth : Education : The Universities : Nazi Speech : Humour : Literature : The Theatre : The Cinema : Press and Radio : Music : Art : Religion : The Jews. ( )
  Cina | Jan 20, 2010 |
This is one of the best sources for initial research into the Third Reich and Nazi Germany. Originally a popular textbook, it offers an unusual range of empirical data illustrating the values and problems in existence when Hitler first came to power and during the intervening years. Highly recommended. ( )
  hellolotte | Nov 18, 2009 |
National socialism/Germany > Social conditions > 1933-1945/Germany > Politics and government > 1933-1945/Jews > Persecutions > Germany/Germany > Intellectual life > 20th century
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
A serious and - for its time - groundbreaking study of the subject. However as any third reich history student will tell you, primarily remember for its chapter on the black humour which prevailed in the Third Reich (with examples). ( )
  jontseng | Apr 26, 2008 |
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"In chilling detail, this social history brilliantly demonstrates the awesome power of a brutal government to corrode the human spirit."--Wall Street Journal "Invaluable for every student of the Nazi era."--New York Times Book Review The 12-Year Reich, the first comprehensive social study of the Third Reich, shows what the Nazi regime proffered as the "ideal" society and how the German people responded. Along with the violence, corruption, persecution, public extravaganzas, the ever-present Party, and the cult of the Fuhrer, a ghastly imitation of ordinary life went on. How did people talk during the Third Reich? What films could they see? What political jokes did they tell? Did Nazi ranting about the role of women (no make-up, smoking, or dieting) correspond with reality? What was the effect of the regime on family life (where fathers were encouraged to inform on sons, and children on parents)? When the country embraced National Socialism in 1933, how did that acceptance impact the churches, the civil service, farmers, housewives, businessmen, health care, sports, education, "justice," the army, the arts, and the Jews? Using examples that range from the horrifying to the absurd, Grunberger captures vividly the nightmarish texture of the times and reveals how Nazis effectively permeated the everyday lives of German citizens. The result is a brilliant, terrifying glimpse of the people who dwelt along the edges of an abyss-often disappearing into it.

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