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Years between World War I and World War II: A Bibliography

Bullock, Alan. Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991. DD247.H5 B86 1991
An abridged version of an early biography of Hitler that shows the circumstances of Hitler's coming to power.

Carsten, Francis Ludwig. The Rise of Fascism. Berkeley: U of California P, 1967.
D424 .C3
Chapters 3 and 4 concern "National socialism: The Formative Years" and "National socialism: The Road to Power.".

Elson, Robert T., and Time-Life Books. Prelude to War. New York: Time-Life, 1976.
FOLIO D741 .E43
Many photographs consider the conditions and life in Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia stated as "The time was 7:00 a.m., the date November 8, 1918. World War I was ending. World War II was beginning." p. 18.

Frankel, Max, 1930. The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times. New York: Random, 1999.
PN4874.F615 T56 1999
An autobiography of a German Jew who escaped to America with his mother in 1939. He writes of his experience as an immigrant, and his career at the New York Times which began in the summer before his junior year.

Gerlach, Wolfgang. And the Witnesses Were Silent: The Confessing Church and the Persecution of the Jews. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2000.
DS146.G4 G4813 2000
Examines the role of Protestant churches in relation to the Jewish people during the Nazi era.

Geyer, Michael, and John W. Boyer, eds. Resistance Against the Third Reich, 1933-1990. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1994.
DD256.3 .R38 1994
Conference papers/essays concerning various aspects of resistance against Hitler, the soldiers, the White Rose movement, Bonhoeffer and more.

Johnson, Eric A., and Karl-Heinz Reuband. What we Knew: Terror, Mass Murder and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany: An Oral History. Cambridge, Mass.: Basic, 2005.
DD256.5 .J64 2005b
Oral histories and a survey are combined for sources used to understand issues of guilt and ignorance of the mass murders of Jews. Not all Germans were anti-Semitic and "National Socialism was genuinely popular among ordinary Germans.".

Kaplan, Marion A. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998.
DS135 .G3315 K37 1998
This book focuses on the families and women's experiences through memoirs, diaries, interviews and letters of Jewish women and men after the Nazis took power in 1933.

Kershaw, Ian. The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.
DD256.5 .K46513 1989
Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, England since 1989.

---. Hitler. London: Longman, 1991. DD247.H5 K46 1991
A brief examination of Hitler's character and exercise of power.

---. Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris. New York: Norton, 1999.
DD247.H5 K462 1999.

---. Hitler, 1936-45: Nemesis. New York: Norton, 2001.
DD247.H5 K463 2001
Paxton considers Kershaw's biographies of Hitler to be preeminent.

Leff, Laurel, 1957-. Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's most Important Newspaper. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2005.
P804.7.P73 L44
A former journalist and faculty member at Northeastern University examines the coverage of the Holocaust from 1939 to 1945 to understand why news reports were downplayed or hidden so that there was no public outcry or American response.

Lifton, Robert Jay. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. New York: Basic, 1986.
R853 .H8 L54 1986
A professor of psychiatry and psychology examines the behavior of the doctors in Auschwitz to understand the "human potential for evil" and contribute to an understanding that might prevent future atrocities.

Nicholls, Anthony James. Weimar and the Rise of Hitler. New York: St. Martin's, 1979.
DD240 .N49 1979
An excellent introduction to the collapse of Kaiser Wilhelm II's Empire and the type of support Hitler's political career attracted.

Orfali, Stephanie. A Jewish Girl in the Weimar Republic. Berkeley, CA: Ronin, 1987. DS135.G5 O746 1987
An autobiography of a Jewish girl who grew up in Germany and of her family, schools and friends. She managed to emigrate to Israel in 1934.

Phayer, Michael. The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2000.
BX1378 .P49 2000
An evenhanded account of Pius XII's character with analysis based on German sources.

Read, Anthony, and David Fisher. Kristallnacht: The Unleashing of the Holocaust. New York: Bedrick, 1989.
DS135 .G3315 R43 1990
Examines the background and responsibilities for Kristallnacht (November, 1938), when mobs began breaking windows and destroying stores, houses, and synagogues. Eventually 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps; 2,500 Jews died.

Schmölders, Claudia, and Adrian Daub. Hitler's Face: The Biography of an Image. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2006.
DD247.H5 S29313 2006
A study of the image and physiognomy of Hitler's face that enlisted devoted followers. The author visually examines how Hitler's image was perceived and manipulated.

Scholder, Klaus. The Churches and the Third Reich. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988.
BR856 .S343613 1988 v.1 & 2
The two volumes, covering the period between 1918 and 1934, began as a project to write the definitive history of Church/Nazi relations.

Shandler, Jeffrey, ed. Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002.
DS135.P63 A1238 2002
In the 1930s, hundreds of young Polish Jews were asked to write an autobiography. Fifteen are included in this book. They tell their stories with the "fervor of adolescents, coming of age during a period of manifold new opportunities and challenges.".

Shirer, William L. Berlin Diary; the Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941. New York: Knopf, 1941.
D811 .5 .S5 1941
Based on Shire's journals with his observations as an American of events he witnessed during the same years covered by our common book.

---. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; a History of Nazi Germany. New York: Simon, 1960. DD256 .5 .S48
Shirer worked as a correspondent for eight years in Berlin for the Universal News Service; he returned to the U.S. and worked with Edward R. Murrow until he was blacklisted by McCarthy. Unable to work, he wrote this book based on documents and his own records; it became a best seller.

Steigmann-Gall, Richard. The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945. New York: Cambridge UP, 2003.
DD256.5 .S756 2003
Examines the the religious beliefs of the Nazis and National Socialism connections with Christianity.

Vishniac, Roman, Mara Vishniac Kohn, and Miriam Hartman Flacks. Children of a Vanished World. Berkeley: U of California P, 1999.
DS135.E8 V56 1999
Photographs of children in Eastern Europe taken between 1935 and 1938. Roman Vishniac was a Latvian Jew living in Berlin. He and his family managed to emigrate from Lisbon in November, 1940, just six months before Gunther and Rosemarie escaped.

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