Book, DVD Reviews

“Books burned by Nazis.”

“I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.”           Adolf Hitler

 

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Bethune, Brian. “Why No One Was Able to Kill Hitler.” Rev. of Killing Hitler. Maclean’s 119.17 (2006): 46-48. EBSCOhost. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. Review of the book Killing Hitler, by Roger Morehouse.

“Book: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after July 20, 1944.” Rev. of Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after July 20, 1944. AndrewLownie.co.uk. Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. <http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/authors/randall-hansen/books/disobeying-hitler-german-resistance-after-july-20-1944>. “Disobeying Hitler tells the story of resistance to National Socialism and Hitler after July 20, 1944, the date of Colonel Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg’s failed attempt to kill the dictator. The book explores (i) the extent and nature of German resistance after July 20th and (ii) the effect it had on the course of the war.”

Burrin, Fritz. “Hitler and the Jews: The Genesis of the Holocaust; Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp; Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps. 1938-1945.” Rev. of Hitler and the Jews: The Genesis of the Holocaust; Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp; Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps. 1938-1945. Foreign Affairs 1994th ser. September/October (1994). ForeignAffairs.com. Web. 1994. <http://www.foreignaffairs.com/search/Hitler%20and%20the%20jews>. Review of the three books in the title.

Cline, Austin. “Book Review – Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust, Edited by Robert P. Ericksen, Susannah Heschel.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. About.com. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/Betrayal.htm>. “The Nazis would not have been able to achieve what they did in Germany and Europe without the active assistance of millions of Christians. This, in turn, was achieved in large part by the assistance of German churches: whether through silent acquiescence or active participation, German churches helped make the Nazi control of Germany possible.”

Cline, Austin. “Book Review – Catholic Theologians in Nazi Germany, by Robert A. Krieg.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. About.com. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/CathTheoNazi.htm>. “The role of Christian theologians in Nazi Germany, including members of the Catholic Church, cannot be underestimated. The cooperation between Catholic leaders and Nazi leaders was conditioned in large part on the writings of Catholic theologians who paved the way for this to happen.”

Cline, Austin. “Book Review – The ‘Hitler Myth’: Image and Reality in the Third Reich, by Ian Kershaw.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. About.com. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/HitlerMyth.htm>. “Hitler enjoyed more personal popularity in Germany than perhaps any other world leader in history. Many scholars have sought to understand why he was so popular and thus why so many people in a modern, industrialized nation were willing to follow him into madness, barbarism, and self-destruction.”

Cline, Austin. “Book Review – The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945, by Richard Steigmann-Gall.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. About.com. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/HolyReich.htm>. “A popular belief is that Nazism was the polar opposite of Christianity: in Germany, the Nazis planned to eliminate Christian churches while devout Christians opposed the Nazi agenda. Is this perception accurate? No.”

Cline, Austin. “Book Review – The Logic of Evil: The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925-1933, by William Brustein.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. About.com. Web. 09 Nov. 2011. <http://atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/LogicOfEvil.htm>. “One of the most important questions for historians and sociologists has long been the reasons why so many people willingly, even eagerly, joined or just voted for the Nazi Party in Germany. Many different explanations have been offered, for example German inclinations towards authoritarianism and virulent anti-Semitism.”

Field, Michael. “Morality Played No Part in Hitler Plot.” Letter to Editor. 25 July 1990. Nytimes.com. 7 Aug. 1990. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/07/opinion/l-morality-played-no-part-in-hitler-plot-041490.html>. The letter writer is offended by historian Klemens von Klemperer’s attempt to “distort history regarding the small group of Nazis who attempted to assassinate Hitler late in the war.”

Heilbrunn, Jacob. “Himmler and Heydrich: Hitler’s Lieutenants.” Rev. of Heinrich Himmler; Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich. The New York Times 6 Jan. 2012nytimes. Nytimes.com. Web. 8 Dec. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/books/review/books-about-heinrich-himmler-and-reinhard-heydrich-review.html>. Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich and Hitler’s Hangman by Robert Gerwarth are reviewed.

“Hitler and the Jews: The Genesis of the Holocaust; Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp; Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps, 1938-1945.” Rev. of Hitler and the Jews: The Genesis of the Holocaust; Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp; Against All Hope: Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps, 1938-1945, by Fritz Stern. Foreign Affairs Sept.-Oct. 1994. Foreign Affairs. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. <http:www.foreignaffairs.com/print/50236>.

Hoffman, Stanley. “Hitler 1936-1845: Nemesis.” Rev. of Hitler 1936-1845: Nemsis. Foreign Affairs (2000). ForeignAffairs.com. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. <http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/56569/stanley-hoffmann/hitler-1936-45-nemesis>. A favorable review of Ian Kershaw’s Hitler 1936-45: Nemesis.

Hoffman, Stanley. “Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII.” Rev. of Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. Foreign Affairs (200). ForeignAffairs.com. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. <http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/55750/stanley-hoffmann/hitlers-pope-the-secret-history-of-pius-xii>. A favorable review of Hitler’s Pope: The Secret of Pius XII.

Hoffman, Stanley. “Hitler’s Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil’s Pact.” Rev. of Hitler’s Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil’s Pact. Foreign Affairs Nov.-Dec. 2003. Print. The book in the title is unfavorably reviewed.

Hoffman, Stanley. “Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War.” Rev. of Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War. Foreign Affairs Mar.-Apr. 2005. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. <http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/60538/stanley-hoffmann/making-friends-with-hitler-lord-londonderry-the-nazis-and-the-ro>. Review of Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the Road to War by Ian Kershaw.

Hoffman, Stanley. “The Pity of It All: A History of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933.” Rev. of  The Pity of It All: A History of the Jews in Germany. Foreign Affairs Nov.-Dec. 2002. Print. Review of the book in the title.

Hoffmann, Stanley. “Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust.” Review. Foreign Affairs (1996). Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations, June-July 1996. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. <http://foreignaffairs.com/articles/51931/stanley-hoffmann/hitler%C3%82%E2%80%99s-willing-executioners-ordinary-germans-and-the-holocaust>. “A challenging, powerfully argued, and morally passionate account of the extermination of the Jews by Nazi Germany. Goldhagen has done prodigious research in order to find out who the ‘willing executioners’ were and what they did. The result is overwhelming and devastating, not only because of the detailed account of the crimes, but also because the author shows that tens of thousands of ordinary Germans — not just the SS or Nazis — took part in the Holocaust … ”

Jenkins, Mark. “‘Garbo the Spy’: A Nazi Double Age, Mystery Intact.” Rev. of Garbo the Spy. NPR 18 Nov. 2011. NPR.org. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. <http://www.npr.org/2011/11/17/142249740/garbo-the-spy-a-nazi-double-agent-mystery-intact>. Review of the documentary “Garbo the Spy.”

Kershaw, Ian. “A Different Drum.” Rev. of Contending with Hitler. Varieties of German Resistance in the Third Reich by David Clay Large, The Unnecessary War. Whitehall and the German Resistance to Hitler, by Patricia Meehan and `Different Drummers. Jazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany,’ by Michael Kater. History Today 1993: 55. Academic Premier. Web. 10 Jan. 2012.

Laskin, David. “A Horrifying History of the Reich’s Violent End.” Rev. of The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945. The Seattle Times 24 Sept. 2011. The Seattle Times. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2016278436_br25theend.html>. A review of The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw.

“No, Mein Fuhrer.” Rev. of Letters to Freya: 1939-1945, by Helmut James Von Moltke. New York Times 1 July 1990. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/01/books/no-mein-fuher.html?src=pm>. Review of the book of Helmuth James von Moltke’s letters to his wife before he was executed in 1945.

Phayer, Michael. “(Untitled).” Rev. of Women Against Hitler: Christian Resistance in the Third Reich. The American Historical Review 101.4 (1996): 1237. JSTOR. The University of Chicago Press. Web. 19 Nov. 2011. <http://www.jstor.org/pss/2169738>.

“Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin … ” Rev. of Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin, Kevin P. Spicer (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press). Journal of Social History:Holocaust and Genocide Studies Spring 2006: 117-20. OxfordJournals. Web. 3 Oct. 2011. <http://hgs.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/1/117>. Review of Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin by Kevin P. Spicer.

“The Resistible Rise of Adolf Hitler.” Rev. of Htler 1889-1936: Hubris. International Socialism Journal 81 (1998). Pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk. International Socialism Journal. Web. 5 Dec. 2011. <http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj81/ovenden.htm>. “How did a talentless, unemployed house painter come to lead Europe’s most powerful country, smash organised working class in the world and establish a monstrous dictatorship?”

Samuel, Henry. “‘Muslim Schindler’ Who Risked Life to save Iranian Jews in Wartime Paris – Telegraph.” Telegraph.co.uk – Telegraph Online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph – Telegraph. 21 Dec. 2011. Web. 21 Dec. 2011. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/8970672/Muslim-Schindler-who-risked-life-to-save-Iranian-Jews-in-wartime-Paris.html>. A review of In the Lion’s Shadow. “A Muslim ‘Oskar Schindler’ saved the lives of thousands of Iranian Jews in wartime Paris, risking all to help compatriots excape the Nazis, a new book claims.”

“This Land Is My Land.” Rev. of The Wrath of Nations: Civilizaion and the Furies of Nationalism, by William Pfaff. New York Times 7 Nov. 1993. Nytimes.com. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. “Nationalism is bloody-minded and backward.” Review of The Wrath of Nations.”

Vitone, Elaine. “True Story of Warsaw Zoo That Harbored Jewish Refigees during WWII.” Rev. of The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story. San Francisco Chronicle 9 Sept. 2007: M-2. SFGate. Hearst Communications Inc. Web. 4 Dec. 2011. <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/09/RVA5RNJ4L.DTL>. “With its biblical allusions, cuddly characters and well-covered historical subject matter, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” might have been a gamble, had anyone else but Diane Ackerman tackled it. Not surprisingly, the writer who brought us A Natural History of the Senses succeeds not only in averting these pitfalls but also in using them to her advantage, crafting a fresh and compelling addition to Holocaust literature.”

Weinberg, Gerhard L. Rev. of German Resistance against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad, 1938-1945 by Klemens Von Klemperer. The Journal of Modern History 67.1 (1995): 222-23. JSTOR. Web. 22 Feb. 2012.