Surviving Hitler’s War: Family Life in Germany, 1939–48

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Telling the stories of mothers, fathers and children in their own words, Vaizey recreates the experience of family life in Nazi Germany. From last letters of doomed soldiers at Stalingrad to diaries kept by women trying to keep their families alive in cities under attack, the book vividly describes family life under the most extreme conditions.
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About the author

HESTER VAIZEY is a postdoctoral researcher with a Hanseatic Scholarship courtesy of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung in Hamburg. Prior to this she was a member of Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University, where she studied for her doctorate. In 2009 the manuscript of Surviving Hitler's War won the prestigious Fraenkel Prize.
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Sep 22, 2010
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Pages
252
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ISBN
9780230289901
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / General
History / General
History / Military / General
History / Modern / General
History / Social History
Social Science / Gender Studies
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