Defying Hitler

This is a memoir of life in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power.  It was written in 1939 and not published until 2000, just after the author’s death.

Sebastian Haffner (a pseudonym) described what life was like in Germany from the outbreak of World War II until 1933, when the Nazis were established in power.

Like so many Germans, Haffner abhorred the rise of Hitler and the Nazis.  But the book also shows that Germans like Haffner felt powerless to resist the Nazis.

Reading this book, one gets at least an idea of how a Hitler could have happened in a country like Germany, and how disgusting the Nazis were to many Germans.

I have read extensively on World War II but I have never read a book quite like this one.  This memoir is a powerful, enlightening and tragic tale.