Germany and the Second World War: Volume IX/I: German Wartime Society 1939-1945: Politicization…

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byRalf Blank, Jorg Echternkamp, Karola Fings

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The Second World War affected the lives and shaped the experience of millions of individuals in Germany - soldiers at the front, women, children and the elderly sheltering in cellars, slave labourers toiling in factories, and concentration-camp prisoners and POWs clearing rubble in the Reich'sdevastated cities. Taking a "history from below" approach, the volume examines how the minds and behaviour of individuals were moulded by the Party as the Reich took the road to Total War. The ever-increasing numbers of German workers conscripted into the Wehrmacht were replaced with forced foreign workers and slavelabourers and concentration camp prisoners. The interaction in everyday life between German civilian society and these coerced groups is explored, as is that society's relationship to the Holocaust. From early 1943, the war on the home front was increasingly dominated by attack from the air. The role of the Party, administration, police, and courts in providing for the vast numbers of those rendered homeless, in bolstering civilian morale with "miracle revenge weapons" propaganda, and inmaintaining order in a society in disintegration is reviewed in detail. For society in uniform, the war in the east was one of ideology and annihilation, with intensified indoctrination of the troops after Stalingrad. The social profile of this army is analysed through study of a typical infantry division. The volume concludes with an account of the various forms ofresistance to Hitler's regime, in society and the military, culminating in the failed attempt on his life in July 1944.

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The Second World War affected the lives and shaped the experience of millions of individuals in Germany - soldiers at the front, women, children and the elderly sheltering in cellars, slave labourers toiling in factories, and concentration-camp prisoners and POWs clearing rubble in the Reich'sdevastated cities. Taking a "history from b...

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A: At War, Abroad and at Home: The Essential Features of German Society in the Second World WarJorg Echternkamp: 1. 'War on Two Fronts'2. A Coherent War Society?3. Violence Given Free Reign4. Principles for and Structure of the VolumesPART 1: RULE, DESTROY, SURVIVEB: The NSDAP, the War, and German SocietyArmin Nolzen: 1. Pre-war Structure and Functions of the NSDAP2. Mobilizing the Troops and Moulding Minds and Behaviour at Home (September 1939 to April 1941)3. 'People Management' on the Home Front (May 1941 to July 1943)4. On the Road to Total War (August 1943 to May 1945)5. The NSDAP and the VolksgemeinschaftC: Slaves for the 'Home Front'. War Society and Concentration CampsKarola Fings: 1. Public Awareness of the Concentration Camps2. The Initial Stages of Prisoner Deployment3. Urban Satellite Contentration Camps4. The Camps and German Society5. Concentration Camps Anchored in German SocietyD. Decisions to Murder and to Lie. German War Society and the HolocaustTobias Jersak: 1. Introduction2. Holocaust and War3. Society and Holocaust in the War4. Normality of the Unimaginable: War within the WarE. Wartime Daily Life and the Air War on the Home FrontRalf Blank: 1. The Bombing War seen as an Historical Event2. The War, as seen on the Home Front3. 'Fully Serving the Defence Efforts': The Administration, Police, and Courts4. Coping with the Bombing War5. Accommodation, Provisioning, and Replacement Homes6. 'Revenge' and Miracle Weapons Propaganda7. The 'Society in Disintegration', 1944/458. The Bombing War in FiguresPART II: THE UNIFORMED SOCIETYIntroduction to Part IIA. Ideological Warfare in Germany 1919 to 1945Jurgen Forster: 1. The Legacy of the First World War2. The Politicization of the Reichswehr/Wehrmacht3. Ideological Warfare in the Early, Victorious Phase4. The War of Ideology and Annihilation in the East5. Between Optimism and Defiance: War Fought Under Military-Ideological Guidance6. The Shock of Stalingrad and the Crisis of Military-Ideological Guidance7. The 'Fuhrer Order' of 22 December 19438. Ideological Indoctrination and Personnel Selection9. The Totalness of National Socialism after 20 July 1944B. The Social Profile of the German Army's Combat Units 1939-1945Christoph Rass: 1. Principles and Prospects for Researching the Social Structures of Wehrmacht Units2. Changes in the Organizational Structure of the Army3. Analysis of a Specimen Infantry Division4. ResultsC. Military Resistance Activities and the WarWinfried Heinemann: 1. Resistance in German War Society2. The Military Conspiracy. Military Motives for Resistance3. The War as Crime4. Communist Resistance During the War5. The Battle with the Party and the SS6. The Organization of the Coup D'Etat. General Staff Plans and the Military Putsch7. Resistance and Ending the War8. Resistance Activities Unconnected with 20 July 19449. Efforts and Consequences10. Mutiny or Moral RevulsionBibliography

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"[Part of] a succession of mighty volumes ... The portrait of German wartime society presented by this book is somber, meticulously documented, cool, reasoned." --The New York Review of Books