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  •  Haffner (0+ / 0-)

    Haffner is a bit of sensationalist who had some iffy assertions in the biography of Hitler he wrote while I was an acadmeic.

    Some really good resources to pickup if you're curious about Daily Life In the Nazi Era are Detlev Peukert's writings.  Google him.

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

    by m00nchild on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 12:48:22 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks. As a matter of fact I am quite interested (1+ / 0-)
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      in reading about daily life in Nazi Germany. Another thing I'm still puzzling over: why my family insisted that 'we all got out.' After my parents died I found the box of old photos at the back of the top shelf of a closet, behind stacks of my mom's remaindered books, wrapped in brown paper. That book had been published in the 1960's and I'm positive that box of photos of lost relatives stayed up there, untouched for 40 years.

      •  was your larger family "regular" Germans? (0+ / 0-)

        as in people who stuck around during the regime.  bad things could indeed have happened.  there is an enormous about of guilt or otherwise (sometimes nefarious) pent up feelings that were silenced after 1945.  people who lived during the Nazi era and their children didn't talk about it at all.  it was the grandchildren who started digging stuff up in the late 70s and beyond.  It's referred to in popular culture as Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung -- which means coming to terms with the past.

        Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

        by m00nchild on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 01:02:56 PM PDT

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        •  ack (0+ / 0-)

          i am the WORST typist:  "amount of guilt"

          Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

          by m00nchild on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 01:03:27 PM PDT

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          •  I don't know if they were 'regular' or not. (1+ / 0-)
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            They didn't exist for me until I found the photos, and some returned-to-sender letters. But my dad did tell me that they felt they were Germans first, and Jews second. I knew of only three who were sponsored to come to the U.S. by our branch of the family, (my grandfather arrived 130 years ago). I can only guess there was shame attached to the failure to bring everyone over. The first to come over had read Mein Kampf before 1933, and made plans to emigrate in February. I never knew to ask probing questions until it was too late. Two of the cousins died childless. I've never met the other offspring. Secrets....

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