Title: Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor
Author: Ulf Schmidt
Spartacus Website: Karl Brandt
Born in 1904, Brandt played a major role in the first mass killing programme of the Third Reich, the so called 'euthanasia' programme. As Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation, Karl Brandt became the highest medical authority in the Nazi regime; he initiated experiments on concentration camps inmates and was eventually put in charge of biological and chemical warfare. How was it that a rational, highly cultured, literate, young professional could come to be responsible for mass murder and criminal human experiments on a previously unimaginable scale? In this riveting biography, Ulf Schmidt explores in detail that Brandt belonged to a generation of a young 'expert elite', who in the 1930s and 1940s were willing, and empowered, to support and conceive an oppressive, militarist, and racist government policy, and ultimately turn its exterminatory potential into reality. Through a critical biography of Brandt, Schmidt re-evaluates the system of communication at the centre of Hitler's regime. The book extends our understanding of the culture of detachment between a regime that was geared towards total destruction, and a government that was almost totally removed from its people.
Title: The Hitler File
Author: Patrick Delaforce
Publisher: Michael O'Mara
Spartacus Website: Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler may be one of the most infamous men of the twentieth century, and the legacy of his terrible crimes will live for centuries, but what do we really know about him, beyond the scale of his atrocities? Too many biographies are long and daunting, but "The Hitler File" is easily accessible and covers the life and actions of Hitler from birth right through to his death in 1945. What drove Hitler and his megalomania, and what brought about his, and Nazi Germany's eventual downfall? At once fascinating, objective and encompassing many subjects, Patrick Delaforce's latest book roots out things that you never knew about the multi-faceted dictator, including: Hitler's Olympic rivalry with the British; The young Hitler as church acolyte and choirboy; School reports and teacher's opinions; Hitler's art phase; and, Hitler's relationship with Eva Braun, the 'bird in a gilded cage'.
Author: Martin Kitchen
Spartacus Website: Nazi Germany
Seventy years have passed since Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor, and in the intervening years a vast amount has been written on the origins and nature of the Third Reich. The years from 1933 to 1945 cast such a grim shadow that the moral, ethical and religious elements embedded in the narrative are such that the subject still resists treatment as part of a historical past. Fierce debates still rage over both the how and the why of these terrible events. In this concise and accessible account, Martin Kitchen addresses the major issues - How did Hitler come to power? How was the Nazi dictatorship established? What was the essential nature of the regime? What were the reasons for Hitler's extraordinary popularity? Why did Germany go to war? What led to the Holocaust? What was the legacy of National Socialism?
Title: Panzergrenadier Divisions
Author: Chris Bishop
Spartacus Website: Panzer Tank
Illustrated with detailed artworks of German vehicles and their markings with exhaustive captions and specifications, this is the definitive study of the equipment and organisation of German motorized divisions during World War II. Organised by division, the book describes in depth the various models of tank and other armoured and soft vehicles in German service during the war with each individual panzergrenadier division. It comes complete with listings of the unit commanders and any famous commanders. Each divisional section is further broken down by campaign, accompanied by orders of battle, a brief divisional history of the campaign, any specific unit markings and formation badges. With information boxes accompanying the full-colour artworks, all drawn to the same scale, this book is an essential reference guide for modellers and any enthusiast with an interest in the motorized divisions of the German armed forces.