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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself

The Downfall of Ordinary Germans, 1945

Florian Huber

(author)

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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

The extraordinary German bestseller on the final days of the Third Reich
A Times and Telegraph Book of the Year 2019

One of the last untold stories of the Third Reich is that of the extraordinary wave of suicides, carried out not just by much of the Nazi leadership, but by thousands of ordinary Germans, in the war's closing period. Some of these were provoked by straightforward terror in the face of advancing Soviet troops or by personal guilt, but many could not be explained in such relatively straightforward terms.

Florian Huber's remarkable book, a bestseller in Germany, confronts this terrible phenomenon. Other countries have suffered defeat, but not responded in the same way. What drove whole families, who in many cases had already withstood years of deprivation, aerial bombing and deaths in battle, to do this?

In a brilliantly written, thoughtful and original work, Huber sees the entire project of the Third Reich as a sequence of almost overwhelming emotions and scenes for many Germans. He describes some of the key events which shaped the period from the First World War to the end of the Second, showing how the sheer intensity, allure and ferocity of Hitler's regime swept along millions. Its sudden end was, for many of them, simply impossible to absorb.

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Book publisherPenguin Books Ltd
Publication date4 Jul 2019
FormatHardback
Pages304
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