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Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany

Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany

by James Wyllie


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Nazi Wives is a fascinating look at the personal lives, psychological profiles, and marriages of the wives of officers in Hitler's inner circle.

Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich, Hess, Bormann—names synonymous with power and influence in the Third Reich. Perhaps less familiar are Carin, Emmy, Magda, Margaret, Lina, Ilse and Gerda...

These are the women behind the infamous men—complex individuals with distinctive personalities who were captivated by Hitler and whose everyday lives were governed by Nazi ideology. Throughout the rise and fall of Nazism these women loved and lost, raised families and quarreled with their husbands and each other, all the while jostling for position with the Fuhrer himself. Until now, they have been treated as minor characters, their significance ignored, as if they were unaware of their husbands' murderous acts, despite the evidence that was all around them: the stolen art on their walls, the slave labor in their homes, and the produce grown in concentration camps on their tables.

James Wyllie's Nazi Wives explores these women in detail for the first time, skillfully interweaving their stories through years of struggle, power, decline and destruction into the post-war twilight of denial and delusion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250271563
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 111,575
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JAMES WYLLIE is an author, award-winning screenwriter and broadcaster. He is the author of Goering and Goering, The Time Traveler's Handbook, and Codebreakers: The True Story of the Secret Intelligence Team That Changed the Course of the First World War. He has worked on numerous films for the BBC and Film4 and has written for a number of TV drama series.

Table of Contents


PART ONE: Reaching the Summit
ONE: Early Runners
TWO: Fugitives and Prisoners
THREE: Matchmaking
FOUR: Arrivals and Departures
FIVE: Breakthrough
PART TWO: High Society
SIX: First Lady of the Reich
SEVEN: Down South
EIGHT: SS Wives' Club
NINE: A Leap in the Dark
PART THREE: A Long Way Down
TEN: War and Peace
ELEVEN: Casualties
TWELVE: Under Pressure
PART FOUR: Holding On
FOURTEEN: Captives
FIFTEEN: Remembering and Forgetting
SIXTEEN: The Final Yards


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