An extraordinarily intimate portrait of the lives of ordinary people in Hitler’s Germany
Hidden deep in the Bavarian mountains lies the picturesque village of Oberstdorf, where for hundreds of years, people lived simply while history was made elsewhere. Yet this remote idyll could not escape the brutal grip of the Nazi regime. Bestselling author Julia Boyd paints an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler, shining a light on the lives of ordinary people. Drawing on personal archives, letters, interviews and memoirs, we encounter people from all walks of life, meeting the Jews who survived—and those who didn’t—and the Nazi mayor who tried to shield those persecuted by the regime. A tale of conflicting loyalties and desires that celebrates human resilience.
Julia Boyd is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism through the Eyes of Everyday People. Earlier books include A Dance with the Dragon: The Vanished World of Peking’s Foreign Colony, The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician, and Hannah Riddell: An Englishwoman in Japan. An experienced researcher, she has scoured archives all over the world to find original material for her books. As the wife of a former diplomat, she lived in Germany from 1977 to 1981. She is a former trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
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