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They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45 When this book was first published it received some attention from the critics but none at all from the public Nazism was finished in the bunker in Berlin and its death warrant signed on the bench at Nuremberg That s Milton Mayer, writing in a foreword to theedition of They Thought They Were Free He s right about the critics the book was a finalist for the National Book Award inGeneral readers may have been slower to take notice, but over time they did what we ve seen over decades is that any time people, across the political spectrum, start to feel that freedom is threatened, the book experiences a ripple of word of mouth interest And that interest has never been prominent or potent than what we ve seen in the past year They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany Mayer s book is a study of ten Germans and their lives from, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany Mayer had a position as a research professor at the University of Frankfurt and lived in a nearby small Hessian town which he disguised with the name Kronenberg These ten men were not men of distinction, Mayer noted, but they had been members of the Nazi Party Mayer wanted to discover what had made them Nazis His discussions with them of Nazism, the rise of the Reich, and mass complicity with evil became the backbone of this book, an indictment of the ordinary German that is all the powerful for its refusal to let the rest of us pretend that our moment, our society, our country are fundamentally immune A new foreword to this edition by eminent historian of the Reich Richard J Evans puts the book in historical and contemporary context We live in an age of fervid politics and hyperbolic rhetoric They Thought They Were Free cuts through that, revealing instead the slow, quiet accretions of change, complicity, and abdication of moral authority that quietly mark the rise of evil



10 thoughts on “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45

  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    They Wanted It They Got It And They Liked ItMilton Mayer was that rarest of writers a journalist who knew his job was to create interesting facts and a philosopher who knew that facts are meaningless without a theory, a coherent narrative, that connects them His phenomenological analysis of ten Everyman Nazis was remarkable but largely unremarked when it was first published in 195


  2. abby abby says:

    They wanted it they got it and they liked it In 1952, American journalist Milton Mayer moved his family to Marburg, Germany, a small town near Frankfurt There, he set about to answer the question plaguing the world since Hilter s rise in 1933 how did a modern, western democracy fall prey to Nazism Mayer was from German decent himself and a Jew, and he decided the answer to this quandar


  3. Maru Kun Maru Kun says:

    I ve seen the rise of Nazism described as a warning from history on many occasions.Well this book is that warning, written in clear and concrete terms soon after the events occurred by people who experienced them directly, most of them Nazi sympathizersWhat happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise to receiving decisions deliber


  4. Beata Beata says:

    I came across this book by accident It was on GR Friend s to read list and the title and theme somehow got me interested No regrets here The book, published ten years after WW2, is truly surprising for a reader in the 21st century I ve read several books with witnesses accounts but this one is exceptional Through lives of ten little men we learn how ordinary people, living in a small town, are d


  5. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    Shortly after the war Milton Mayer, an American Jew of German heritage, and his wife, Jane, moved into a mid sized German city Concealing his religious background, Mayer passed as an authentic, returning German and was thereby afforded an easy intimacy with the inhabitants What he was aiming for was some insight into how Hitler came to power and how Germans of all walks of life thought of his regime


  6. Daniel Villines Daniel Villines says:

    In contemporary times, this book has surfacedthan once in conversations as a means to obtain insight into the segment of society that is apparently blind to the chronic contempt for the legal, ethical, and moral principles that is being perpetrated by our current president here in the United States.While reading They Thought They Were Free I indeed found threads of commonality between the Germans of Nazis


  7. Robert Palmer Robert Palmer says:

    You should read this book if you think that you are free.This is an old book, originally published in 1955, but it isrelevant today than ever before Today the U.S government openly arrests people without probable cause, detains them indefinitely without trial, tortures them, assassinates citizens and non citizens alike with predator drones, and spies on everyone, all in the name of freedom What is the reaction


  8. Kimba Tichenor Kimba Tichenor says:

    Seven years after the collapse of Hitler s regime, Milton Sanford Mayer, an American Jewish journalist of German heritage, traveled to Germany in an effort to understand how and why Nazism had developed in Germany He spends a year in a small Hessian town whose identity he disguises by calling it Kronenberg Here he works to develop contacts with kleine Leute , i.e ordinary Germans who enthusiastically or reluctantly


  9. Don Nelson Don Nelson says:

    They Thought They Were Free the germans 1933 45Milton Mayer author Published by the University of Chicago PressFirst published in 1955 the book has the advantage of being a collection of recollections about the conditions of life in the small town of Kronnenberg The citizens of Kronneberg were of the most conservative of ordinary people In fact they were not even Germans, according to real Germans Kronnenberg was in Hes


  10. Jan Rice Jan Rice says:

    Blast from the PastThe problem with old books is that, unless they were written by geniuses, and sometimes even if they were, old books are a mixture of genuine insights and misconceptions geared to their times This book is no exception It s a favorite book of a friend who was urging that it be read by our small Jewish book study group What persuaded me to concur was that we d just read


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