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

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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 theReich's devastated 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, 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 theReich's devastated cities.Taking a "history from b...

Jorg Echternkamp is Research Associate at the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History) in Potsdam, Germany.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: Perceptions and Assigned Meanings1. Jorg Echternkamp: Introduction to Part One2. Sven Oliver Muller: Nationalism in German War Society 1939-19453. Birthe Kundrus: Total Entertainment? Cultural Warfare 1939-1945: Film, Radio, and Theatre4. Jeffrey Herf: 'The War and the Jews': Nazi Propaganda in the Second World War5. Aristotle A. Kallis: The Decline of Interpretative Power: National Socialist Propaganda during the War6. Katrin A. Kilian: Moods in Wartime: The Emotions Expressed in Forces Mail7. Rafael A. Zagovec: Talking to the lVolksgemeinschaftr: German War Society as seen by the Western Allies through Front-Line Interrogations8. Georg Wagner-Kyora: 'Human Leadership' in Armament Companies in the National Socialist War EconomyPart Two: Aliens in war-time everyday life1. Jorg Echternkamp: Introduction to Part Two2. Mark Spoerer: Social Differentiation of Foreign Civilian Workers, Prisoners of War, and Detainees in the Reich3. Ela Hornung, Ernst Langthaler, and Sabine Schweitzer: Forced labour in agriculture4. Oliver Rathkolb: Forced labour in industry5. Rudiger Overmans: German Policy on Prisoners of War, 1939 to 19456. Bernhard Chiari: Limits to German Rule: Conditions for and Results of the Occupation of the Soviet Union7. Hans-Ulrich Thamer: 'Everything will be totally changed.' German Society and the War: A Summing-Up

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"the latest volume of Germany and the Second World War slices open the German war effort and examines the inner workings of war administration, economy, and manpower resources...every page is packed with a dense compilation of information and analysis...a rigorous, academic analysis packedwith information impossible to find elsewhere in English, and it also forms an integral part of an exceedingly important series of books about Germany's role in the world conflict. We can't recommend it to the casual reader, but it certainly belongs on the shelf of every serious historian of WorldWar II as part of the ultimate autopsy of the German war effort." --Stone and Stone