Inside Nazi Germany

Conformity, Opposition, and Racism in Everyday Life

Detlev J. K. Peukert; Translated by Richard Deveson

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September 10, 1989
288 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
16 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300044805
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In this remarkable social history of the Third Reich, Detlev J. K. Peukert surveys how ordinary citizens evaded or accepted Nazi policies of repression, terrorism, and racism. Peukert discusses not only the popular consensus that supported Nazism but also the opposition of the German middle class, working class, and youth.
“A highly original and informative synthesis of the most exciting new scholarship on Nazi Germany. It gives an intimate insight into people’s beliefs, aspirations, and fears, and it forces us to reassess how Hitler and Auschwitz were possible.”—Mary Nolan, New York Times Book Review
“An indispensable text for understanding the social history of Nazi rule.”—Rudy Koshar, American Historical Review
“To the historical reconsideration of National Socialism, Mr. Peukert’s book makes a signal contribution by demonstrating the way in which a movement that came to power loudly proclaiming its intention to restore old ways and traditions advanced the cause of modernity almost against its will.”—Gordon A. Craig, New York Review of Books
“Everyone interested in the social history of the Third Reich should read Peukert’s book.”—Choice

"A very informative and insightful book about the responses of ordinary Germans to the Third Reich."—Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., Yale University

"An outstanding contribution to the social history of the Third Reich. The book has no current rivals in its field."—Ian Kershaw, University of Manchester

"To the historical reconsideration of National Socialism, Mr. Peukert's book makes a signal contribution by demonstrating the way in which a movement that came to power loudly proclaiming its intention to restore old ways and traditions advanced the cause of modernity almost against its will."—Gordon A. Craig, New York Review of Books

"This book, which is well translated from the German, represents a highly original and informative synthesis of the most exciting new scholarship on Nazi Germany. It gives an intimate insight into people's beliefs, aspirations and fears, and it forces us to reassess how Hitler and Auschwitz were possible."—Mary Nolan, New York Times Book Review

"A pioneering work that makes the most of the newly accessible sources."—Bill Jones, Spectrum

"Everyone interested in the social history of the Third Reich should read Peukert's book."—Choice

"A fascinating, perceptive examination of daily life as the Nazi regime took hold and carried the German people into war."—Academic Library Book Review

"An indispensable text for understanding the social history of Nazi rule."—Rudy Koshar, American Historical Review

"A most valuable addition to our understanding of the complex structure of fascism."—Vincent Geoghegan, European Studies Journal

"The research is imaginative, the tone both modest and provocative, the style graceful, the translation lively."—Robert G. L. Waite

"Detlev Peukert has written a thoughtful and well-informed analysis of the situation which prevailed in Germany under the Nazis. He offers some valuable and new insights into a variety of German pro- and anti-Nazi attitudes."—George Clare, Jewish Chronicle

"The result of Peukert's study is an important contribution to the history of Nazi Germany and to an understanding of the Holocaust. . . . Peukert has made an important contribution."—Abraham J. Edelheit, Judaica Book News