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BOOK LIST: Best books on World War II chosen by Thomas Harding

Wednesday, November 20, 2013




Thomas Harding is the author of the fascinating non-fiction book, Hanns & Rudolf: The German Jew and the Kommandant of Auschwitz, which I reviewed earlier this week (you can read the review here)

He’s very kindly taken the time out of his busy touring schedule to prepare a list of the best non-fiction books he’s read on World War II:



1. Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem. Provides a key exploration of the ‘banality of evil’.

2. Rudolf  Hoess: Commandant at Auschwitz Rudolf Hoess, also known as Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant of Auschwitz. This autobiography was written in a Polish prison cell while Rudolf awaited his death sentence


3. Sybille Steinbacher: Auschwitz: A History. A fine introduction to the camp and its background


4. Robert G. L. Waite: Vanguard of Nazism. The best book on the Freikorps para-military movement of the 1920s


5. Daniel Goldhagen: Hitler’s Willing Executioners. An examination of why ‘ordinary’ Germans perpetrated the Holocaust.


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