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"Promise me you'll shoot yourself" : the mass suicide of ordinary Germans in 1945 / Florian Huber ; translated by Imogen Taylor.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Bethlehem Area Public Library System.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)

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Bethlehem Main Library 940.531 (Text) 33062009282279 New Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316534307
  • ISBN: 0316534307
  • Physical Description: vi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First North American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2020.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-292).
Summary, etc.:
"By the end of April 1945 in Germany, the Third Reich had fallen and invasion was underway. As the Red Army advanced, horrifying stories spread about the depravity of its soldiers. For many German people, there seemed to be nothing left but disgrace and despair. For tens of thousands of them, the only option was to choose death -- for themselves and for their children. "Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself" recounts this little-known mass event. Using diaries, letters, and memoirs, historian Florian Huber traces the euphoria of many ordinary Germans as Hitler restored national pride; their indifference as the F├╝hrer's political enemies, Jews, and other minorities began to suffer; and the descent into despair as the war took its terrible toll, especially after the invasion of the Soviet Union. Above all, he investigates how suicide became a contagious epidemic as the country collapsed. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and other primary sources, "Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself" presents a riveting portrait of a nation in crisis, and sheds light on a dramatic yet largely unknown episode of postwar Germany."--Amazon.com.
Subject: Suicide > Germany > History > 20th century.
Germany > Politics and government > 1933-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 > Germany > Psychological aspects.
National socialism > Germany > Psychological aspects.
Germany > History > 1933-1945.
Germany > Social conditions > 1933-1945.

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