The Nazis

A Warning from History

A new edition of the lavishly illustrated companion to the BBC documentary, with rare archival material and photographs documenting the reality of daily life in Nazi Germany

“Gets to the heart of the most troubling and elusive questions of Germany before and during World War II.” —New York Daily News

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in conjunction with the History Channel and the BBC, this prizewinning volume, now back in print, contains previously unpublished material and photographs documenting the reality of life under Nazi rule and the evolution of the ruthless slaughter of millions of people in Germany.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


“A chilling crash course on the Nazi’s chaotic rule.”
Publishers Weekly
“An outstandingly crisp, coherent account of Hitler’s rise to power.”
Sunday Telegraph
“Brilliant oral history.”
The Daily Telegraph

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