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This book outlines and illustrates the living conditions of German civilians in World War II, and the Nazi state's basic structure. German families suffered the same hardships as British - labour conscription, extra civic duties, severe shortages of food and necessities, disrupted transport, homelessness and evacuation, separation from loved ones and, for many, bereavement. However, there were important differences. The dictator for whom many had voted was leading them to ruin; unequalled death and devastation ensued from Allied air raids; and every aspect of life was caged around with repressive decrees that began to replace the true rule of law well before September 1939.
Contents: the National Socialist State * The NSDAP take-over of government from 1943 – Administration (ministries and general commissions) – the Party leadership structure·LAW AND THE PENAL SYSTEM: The courts – prisons – concentration camps; the Police (Ordnungspolisei; Sicherheitspolisei und Sicherheitsdienst – Sonderpolisei·THE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS IN GERMANY: progressive introduction of anti-Semitic measures, 1933–41·EMPLOYMENT: The State Labour Service – the Four-Year Plan – the crisis of January 1942 – foreign workers – child labour – the crisis of January 1943 – ‘total war’ measures – women in the labour force·CIVIL LIFE: public health – rationing and shortages – compulsory collections – propaganda and censorship (radio broadcasting; films) – postal and telephone services·THE AIR WAR AGAINST GERMANY: summary of the bombing campaign·FIRE DEFENCE: Fire Protection Police – Volunteer Fire Brigades·CIVIL DEFENCE: Organisation (ministerial and Luftwaffe responsibilities; national services; local services; State Air Protection League; industrial premises; railways, post office and waterways) – Air Protection Warning Service – Air Protection Police – Self-Protection and Extended Self-Protection services – Works Air Protection Service – post-raid services – evacuation * Colour plates by Malcolm McGregor.
  • AUTHOR: Davis, B L
  • FORMAT: 64pp 60 Bw 8 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 24219

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