A groundbreaking history of what drove the Germans to fight — and keep fighting — for a lost cause in World War II
In The German War,
acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range
of firsthand testimony — personal diaries, court records, and
military correspondence — to explore how the German people
experienced the Second World War.
war broke out in September 1939, it was deeply unpopular in Germany.
Yet without the active participation and commitment of the German
people, it could not have continued for almost six years. What, then,
was the war the Germans thought they were fighting? How did the
changing course of the conflict — the victories of the Blitzkrieg,
the first defeats in the east, the bombing of German cities —
alter their views and expectations? And when did Germans first realize
they were fighting a genocidal war?
from the perspective of those who lived through it — soldiers,
schoolteachers, and housewives; Nazis, Christians, and Jews —
this masterful historical narrative sheds fresh and disturbing light on
the beliefs and fears of a people who embarked on and fought to the end
a brutal war of conquest and genocide.