Top 10 Books about Nazi German

 

Nazi Germany is the name commonly used for the period when Germany was under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler through the Nazi Party (NSDAP) from 1933 to 1945. Under Hitler’s rule, Nazi Party controlled nearly all aspects of life-transforming Germany in a totalitarian state.

It is one of the most remarkable period of Germany arousing interest in many to read more about that period- the war, economic, social and political reasons behind the events, Hitler’s policies, and the outcomes and after effects of the Nazi period.  There have been various books written fiction as well as non-fiction about Nazi Germany.

 

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

This book records chronological order and narrative of rising and fall of Nazi Germany from the birth of Adolf Hitler to end of World War II.

Read it For:
This book is deemed as a classic and is considered the best in the genre of nazi german.
Don't Read it For:
It is quite outdated and needs to be updated as per the latest documents.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its riveting narrative engages the reader not letting the book to be put down without making the historical narrative boring.

The Book Thief

The book thief is a story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl, who steals books from mayor's house to learn new words and finds solace, from horrors around her, in books.

Read it For:
This is an amazing story of books feeding the soul.
Don't Read it For:
while the perspective of death, makes the book stand out, it can also annoy some readers
What makes this book stand out?:
The author has included death’s perspective which is quite interesting.

Fatherland

It is an alternative history detective novel. The story revolves around detective Xavier March who is assigned to investigate the suspicious death of a high-ranking Nazi.

Read it For:
It is an alternative story of World War II where the Nazis won the war.
Don't Read it For:
since it is a fictional book, so there are not many historical accounts in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The detective perspective and story is a unique element of the book.

Hitler and Nazi Germany

This book provides a balanced approach to Hitler's role in the history of the Third Reich period covering economic, social and political forces that made the rise as well as the growth of Nazism

Read it For:
Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the Nazi period in German, this is a must-read.
Don't Read it For:
It might be boring as it looks like more of a textbook.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is based on current research findings.
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The Diary of a Young Girl

This book has writings of Anne Frank from her diary, that she kept while she was hiding for 2 years during Nazi occupation of Netherlands.

Read it For:
This book is well-written and engages the reader throughout the journey of Anne Frank.
Don't Read it For:
This book is an honest and heartbreaking novel
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is from diaries written by a 14-year-old girl.

Berlin Diary

This book is a day to day account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe as witnessed by the journalist William L. Shirer.

Read it For:
The book is based on personal experiences of the author
Don't Read it For:
The author is a bit blunt about his assessment of the German population.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is not an objective history, but a real-time narrative filled with urgency, uncertainty, speculation, decisions, and regret.

Inside the Third Reich

This is a memoir written by Speer who was the Minister of Armaments and War Production from 1942- 1945

Read it For:
It is a complete view and insight of the Nazi state.
Don't Read it For:
The book is quite lengthy, and some might interpret it as a self-centred book by the author.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author’s observation about Hitler and details about the times he spent with Hitler is an interesting read.

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

this book is a fascinating account of drug use in the Third Reich. The author takes the readers on a journey through the history of Germany, explaining how, and why, it became a center of pharmaceutical research.

Read it For:
It is a very well researched book.
Don't Read it For:
This topic is a little sensational.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is an interesting and very little explored aspect of the war.

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police,  responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation.

Read it For:
It is a very well researched book by the author presenting a shocking account of how average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers.
Don't Read it For:
It is not an easy read as initially, it looks like a research thesis.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is exceptionally well written giving you chills down your spine.

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