Third Reich Biographies

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”  Adolf Hitler

Biographical information can be found by searching a library’s online catalog. Just type in a name and the word “biography,” and the online catalog will list biographical sources available in print or electronic form. “[T]o locate biographical sources for people in a certain subject area or profession, your keyword search would combine the words describing the profession/subject with the terms “biography” and “dictionaries.”

Always remember that biographical information may not be accurate. Cross-check biographical information against other sources. The most trustworthy material is articles in popular references, such as encyclopedias and scholarly journals. “Scholarly or critical biographies are acceptable sources of biographical information as they most always feature extensive end notes of list of references …”

To begin your research consult a biographical index to find biographical information with citations to published sources. These indexes are available in your library and online on the internet. Be careful with online biographical information. Make sure that you are using a legitimate source.

The Facts on File Guide to Research, 2010


Ayer, Eleanor H. In the Ghettos: Teens Who Survived the Ghettos of the Holocaust. N.p.: Saddleback Pub, 2002. Print. Juvenile literature. Chronicles the deportation of Jews into ghettos during Hitler’s Third Reich …”

Biddle, Wayne. Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher Von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. Print.

Boatner, Mark Mayo. Biographical Dictionary of World War II. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1996. Print. This book is “a monumental, single-volume reference that contains authoritative single-victim accounts of more than 1,000 key personalities from the war years.”

Breuer, William B. Nazi Spies in America: Hitler’s Undercover War. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1990. Print. Lists “Espionage agents convicted in the United States, 1937-1945.”

Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. The Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print. “[A]nindispensable guide for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish people. …”

Delattre, Lucas. A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich: The Extraordinary Story of Fritz Kolbe, America’s Most Important Spy in World War II. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 2005. Print. The extraordinary story of American spy Fritz Kolbe.

Dietrich, Otto. The Hitler I Knew: The Memoirs of the Third Reich’s Press Chief. New York, NY: Skyhorse Pub., 2010. Print. The author gathered information for 12 years to write this book.

Edwards, John Carver. Berlin Calling: American Broadcasters in Service to the Third Reich. New York: Praeger, 1991. Print. “Expatriates posing as detached yet patriotic American commentators, and using ‘the newspaper-of-the-day’ voice of the stereotypical radio announcer, sought to turn U.S. opinion against the British and achieve the political objectives of of the media-savvy employer-master propagandist Paul Josef Goebbels.”

Fest, Joachim C., and Michael Bullock. The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership. London: I.B. Tauris, 2011. Print. Portraits of the Nazi leadership.

Frick, Lisa. Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2006. Web. 23 Sept. 2011. <>. Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005) was a Nazi War crimes investigator and human-rights activist.

Gehlen, Wilhelm R., and Don A. Gregory. Jungvolk: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitler’s Third Reich. Philadelphia, PA: Casemate, 2008. Print. Very interesting story of a boy in the Hitler Youth.

Gerwarth, Robert. Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich. New Haven: Yale UP, 2011. Print. “Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the twentieth century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership.”

Gill, Anton. An Honorable Defeat: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-45. New York: H. Holt, 1994. Print. Who’s who in the German Resistance.

The Historian. “Biography: Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi Hunter.” Helium. Helium Inc., 13 Apr. 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2011. <>. Simon Wiesenthal, a famous Nazi hunter, is a survivor of Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Most of his family were killed by the Nazis.

Kjelle, Marylou Morano. Hitler’s Henchmen. San Diego: Lucent, 2003. Print. Juvenile literature. “Profiles five men who held positions of power in Hitler’s regime …”

Larson, Erik. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. New York: Crown, 2011. Print. “Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, William E. Dodd …”

Leuner, Heinz David. When Compassion Was a Crime: Germany’s Silent Heroes, 1933-1945. London: Wolff, 1978. Print. A long list of rescuers is included.

Manvell, Roger, and Heinrich Fraenkel. The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2008. Print. The book contains information on 14 men who tried to kill Hitler.

Manz, Bruno. A Mind in Prison: The Memoir of a Son and Soldier of the Third Reich. Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 2000. Print. “Manz recounts how the advice of his elders and Hitler’s charisma induced him to join the Hitler Youth at age 11 … ”

McKale, Donald M. Nazis after Hitler: How Perpetrators of the Holocaust Cheated Justice and Truth. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012. Print. “This deeply researched and informative book traces the biographies of thirty ‘typical’ perpetrators of the Holocaust–some well known, some obscure–who survived World War II.”

Meding, Dorothee Von. Courageous Hearts: Women and the Anti-Hitler Plot of 1944. Providence, RI: Berghahn, 1997. Print. The book is focused on eleven women who took part in the anti-Nazi resistance.

Metaxas, Eric. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy : A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011. Print. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, resistance leader, is examined.

O’Donnell, Patrick K. They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2009. Print. “A never-before-told World War II story of Jewish soldiers on a dangerous mission within the Third Reich …”

Poland in Exile. Web. 03 Dec. 2011. <>. “This web site is dedicated to the men and women who left Poland to fight against the Nazis and Russian Communism in the 1939 – 1945 War. These pages are a tribute to their unselfish valour and acts as a memorial in their honour.

Posner, Gerald L. Hitler’s Children: Sons and Daughters of Leaders of the Third Reich Talk about Their Fathers and Themselves. New York: Random House, 1991. Print.

Schmidt, Ulf. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor Medicine and Power in the Third Reich. London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. Print. German war criminal’s biography.

Snyder, Louis L. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. London: Robert Hale, 1995. Print.

Speer, Albert. Inside the Third Reich Memoirs. N.p.: Paw Prints, 2008. Print. Hitler’s architect wrote his memoirs.

Spicer, Kevin P. Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism. DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 2008. Print. Appendix 2 contains biographical data on 138 brown priests, 109 diocesan priests, 19 ordained members of religious orders, and 10 priests from dioceses outside Germany.

Stürmer, Michael. The German Empire: A Short History. New York: Modern Library, 2000. Print. Key figures in the history of the German Empire.

Von, Hassell Agostino., Sigrid Von Hoyningen-Huene. MacRae, and Simone Ameskamp. Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II. New York: Thomas Dunne, 2006. Print. “A brief introduction to some of the principal players, many of whom may be unfamiliar to readers, and their OSS code names and/or numbers.”

Wick, Steve. The Long Night: William I. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Print. William L Shirer started the Berlin bureau of Edward R. Murrow’s CBS News in the 1930s.