The Nazis by Laurence Rees
A Warning from History

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Published in conjunction with the History Channel and the BBC, this prizewinning volume, now back in print, contains previously unpublished material and photographs documenting the reality of life under Nazi rule and the evolution of the ruthless slaughter of millions of people in Germany.

In this handsome edition, BBC producer and renowned historian Laurence Rees has collected the testimonies of more than fifty eyewitnesses, many of whom were committed Nazis, free to tell their stories only after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rees offers us the compelling voices of soldiers and civilians rarely heard from—including a remorseless Lithuanian soldier who shot five hundred people and then went out to lunch, and the anguished older sister of a ten-year-old developmentally disabled boy selected for “immunization injection” (a fatal dose of morphine) at a children’s hospital. These materials cast a harsh new light on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.


About Laurence Rees

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Laurence Rees, writer and producer of the BBC television series "The Nazis", is the creative director of history programs for BBC Television. He lives in London. Ian Kershaw, a professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield, England, is a leading authority on Adolf Hitler.
Published January 1, 1998 by BBC BOOKS. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Rees, head of the BBC's history programming division, has drawn on newly available archival material and about 50 interviews he conducted with eyewitnesses to present a chilling crash course on th

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Rees traces how measures affecting countless lives, e.g., establishing ghettos for Jews, were often decided haphazardly, with Hitler instructing subordinates, who were frequently bitter rivals, to ""sit down together and when you've made up [your minds about a policy], come and see me."" Though m...

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World War II rises again on PBS in "WWII Behind Closed Doors," a six-hour documentary that ought to make Ken Burns -- who not long ago gave public TV his own exhaustive treatise, "The War" -- roll over in his own personal bunker.

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