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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself : Mass Suicide of Ordinary Germans in 1945 - Florian Huber

Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself

Mass Suicide of Ordinary Germans in 1945

Paperback Published: 4th June 2019
ISBN: 9781925773699
Number Of Pages: 224

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In 1945, as the army retreated, the German people were surrendered to the enemy with no means of defence. A wave of suicides rolled across the country as thousands chose death-for themselves and their children-rather than face the defeat of the Third Reich and what they feared might follow.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts, historian Florian Huber tells of the largest mass suicide in German history and its suppression by the survivors-a fascinating insight into the feelings of ordinary people caught in the tide of history who saw no other way out.

Industry Reviews

`Florian Huber's book is a valuable contribution to understanding how Germany was responsible for some of the most terrible events of the last century.' * Age *
`[A] a remarkable book-grim and fascinating.' * The Times *
`Until Huber's work, the deaths were underestimated, confined to official documents and several diaries published in the 1950s and 1960s. It makes Promise Me a significant work.' * Adelaide Advertiser *
`Huber acquaints us with a chapter of German history largely unknown until now, and likely repressed.' -- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
`Gut-wrenching to read and one of the last previously untold and unacknowledged chapters in German history.' * North and South *
`A grimly compelling insight into the psychology of fanaticism.' * Economist *
'In this exploration of the relatively undocumented suicide epidemic that swept across Germany at the end of the Second World War, Florian Huber gives a harrowing insight into the psyche of everyday German citizens, from the time of Hitler's meteoric rise to power to the destructive downfall of Nazi Germany.' * Scotsman *

ISBN: 9781925773699
ISBN-10: 1925773698
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th June 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.4

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