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"Compelling" - Daily Telegraph "Fascinating" - The Spectator The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt - of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust? Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler - one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere. These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.… (mais)
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Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People por Julia Boyd (2017)

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More from my Odyssey into the Third Reich.

A bunch of firsthand accounts of what was happening in Germany from the 30s right up to the war.

Also highlights how much Hitler was admired by the British Establishment both low and high born. In fact by almost all Establishments.

I got a palpable sense of what gripped Germany and how it gave new life to broken nation. What they did with that is something else. It is amazing how all those proponents of Hitler developed amnesia after the war both low and high born. You’d think that he alone was the culprit and that he succeeded as far as he did in spite of the towering opposition he faced.

The truth is he had wide support from all sides and it was only the Russians that stopped him.

If it wasn't for Stalin we'd all be speaking German and me and my entire family would have been cleansed into non-existence.

One of the points made strongly in this book is how visitors to Germany were taken in by his propaganda machine or simply refused to see what was right in front of their eyes.

I think it also opens up the idea that many people shared his ideas about the Jews. Something borne out in David Cesarani’s definite book, Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933–1949. In fact anyone interested in this period should read David Cesarani’s book to get over the misinformation from all sides about where they all stood both at this point in history and later.

Informative without being preachy. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
There are countless books on World War 2, from serious and weighty tomes, stories of daring do and detailed explanations of pivotal moments that changed the course of a continent. Whilst there has been lots of analysis about the failings of the post-World War 1 reparations and oppression by the victors led to the problems that Germany found itself in, there has been very little written about the way it was rapidly changing from the perceptive of holidaymakers and visitors to the country.

In Travellers in the Third Reich, Julia Boyd has documented the turmoil that Germany was in as seen through the eyes of the people that visited the country in the interwar period. Collecting together their stories and accounts we learn how the particular set of circumstances led to the political rise of an obscure Austrian, who had once been tried for treason. As Hitler gained in popularity, the twisted message that he was broadcasting became a cult movement. This fervent following he had at the huge rallies to hear his vitriolic speeches, scared some visitors and yet others from the British establishment were embracing this dystopia.

After gaining political power, it didn't take long for him to seize total control and begin to roll out the nationalist policies across the country. The people that were drawn to Germany at this time came from all walks of life and saw the way that it was changing, but there were glimpses of the persecution that was starting to happen across the country as the vision of the Aryan ideal was implemented. The Olympics were the point where the Third Reich could showcase itself on the world stage and athletes and visitors where shown a sanitised country. Those that managed to peer behind the scenes though, were startled and horrified by what they saw.

This book has stories from a diverse range of people, schoolchildren, musicians, tourist and the political classes that were in and travelling through Germany in the 1930's. At the time there was a certain amount of complacency as to what was happening there, but with hindsight it is easy to see the way things were going, the secret war preparations, buses that could be converted into armed troop carriers, arrests and the terrifying events that were unfolding if they had taken a few moments to look beyond the veneer. It is the human angle that makes this such a fascinating book, the family from Bournemouth on holiday who bump into Hitler whilst on a walk and take a snap, the couple who are moved to take the disabled child of a Jewish mother out of the country to give her a chance of life and two lads realising that they were cycling very close to the concentration camp of Dachau by accident. It is a fascinating book, full of detail on a country that stepped into the abyss and almost took the whole of Europe with it. There are echoes in here that have a resonance today and we would be wise to remember. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Julia Boyd has written an exceptional tour de force that traverses the terrain of the Third Reich with aplomb. The story of how Germany’s transformation from the chaos after the Great War to the chaos of the end of World War Two is told through the eyes of international visitors in intense detail and engaging prose. I recommend this to anyone interested in Germany between the wars.

Those eyes belonged mostly to American and English diplomats, socialites and journalists. They include the fascist members of the Mitford family – Unity, Diana, and Tom – the author Christopher Isherwood, the aviators Charles and Anne Lindbergh and politician and former diplomat Harold Nicolson, and author Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard.

And there were outsiders such as sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois and graduate student Ji Xianlin. Du Bois was the first African American to gain a PhD from Harvard who had a six-month sabbatical in Germany in 1936. Ji Xianlin, came to Heidelberg from China in 1935 to study Sanskrit. He obtained his PhD in 1941 but couldn’t leave until 1946 because of the war.

Boyd’s research detailed and broad which enables a commensurate description of life in Germany between the wars. In conclusion, she writes: “Perhaps the most chilling fact to emerge from these travellers’ tales is that so many perfectly decent people could return home from Hitler’s Germany singing its praises. Nazi evil permeated every aspect of German society yet when blended with the seductive pleasures still available to the foreign visitor, the hideous reality was too often and for too long ignored.”

The book’s strength is its insight; exploration of a possible explanation for travellers’ apparent seduction would have made it even better. ( )
  Neil_333 | Mar 6, 2020 |
This book is full of individual impressions both private and public. It's notable for the breadth of of its scope, and the range of travellers and resident non-Germans whose contemporary impressions are featured. It covers a period from 1919 through to 1945: the starting section for the immediate post-World-War-1 and Weimar republic period is just as revealing as anything else.

Julia Boyd relates personal reactions to things you might expect - The Nuremberg rallies, Kristallnacht and persecution, The 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Austrian Anschluss, the Munich agreement. She also includes events with a lower profile - the Winter Olympics, cultural events and the personalities involved, fleeting impressions of visitor reaction to the exhibition of "Degenerate Art", many personal appearances by Hitler witnessed throughout the country. Those are only the high-profile parts - there are many more accounts of individual encounters and experiences - and of everyday life, where travellers stayed, what people wore, what they ate, who they met.

Sometimes the more striking things crop up in in passing - an observation that bailiffs have been stopped from seizing radios, or travellers having to decide if "To Heil or not to Heil" is a matter of social etiquette or personal conviction. Well worth the time it takes to read. ( )
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While there have been countless books written about the rise of Hitler, “Travelers in the Third Reich” relies on firsthand accounts by foreigners to convey what it was really like to visit, study or vacation in Germany during the 1920s and ’30s. Throughout, Boyd draws on contemporary letters, diaries and memorandums written by diplomats and politicians, college students, social workers, famous authors and Englishwomen married to Germans.
 
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"Compelling" - Daily Telegraph "Fascinating" - The Spectator The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt - of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust? Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler - one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere. These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.

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