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Trial of Tempel Anneke: Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663
Trial of Tempel Anneke
Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663
Paperback      ISBN: 1551117061
In order to provide a primary source document, Morton (humanities, Mount Royal College, Calgary) presents an English translation of the complete original documents of the trial as they exist in the archive or occasionally as they can be reconstructed from other sources. The trial was chosen for its vividness, and especially for its close picture of Tempel Anneka herself. A glossary of Latin terms and an index of herbs and medicinal ingredients are appended. The translation is by Barbara Däms. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Matriarch of Conspiracy: Ruth Von Kleist, 1867-1945
Matriarch of Conspiracy
Ruth Von Kleist, 1867-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 0961277696
The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
The Ghosts of Berlin
Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 0226467627
In this compelling work, Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the remarkable fusion of architecture, history, and national identity in Berlin. Ladd surveys the urban landscape, excavating its ruins, contemplating its buildings and memorials, and carefully deconstructing the public debates and political controversies emerging from its past. "Written in a clear and elegant style, The Ghosts of Berlin is not just another colorless architectural history of the German capital. . . . Mr. Ladd's book is a superb guide to this process of urban self-definition, both past and present."—Katharina Thote, Wall Street Journal "If a book can have the power to change a public debate, then The Ghosts of Berlin is such a book. Among the many new books about Berlin that I have read, Brian Ladd's is certainly the most impressive. . . . Ladd's approach also owes its success to the fact that he is a good storyteller. His history of Berlin's architectural successes and failures reads entertainingly like a detective novel."—Peter Schneider, New Republic "[Ladd's] well-written and well-illustrated book amounts to a brief history of the city as well as a guide to its landscape."—Anthony Grafton, New York Review of Books
Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
Berlin
Portrait of a City Through the Centuries
Hardcover      ISBN: 125005186x
"Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect of our understanding of what it means to be human. Paris is about romantic love. Lourdes equates with devotion. New York means energy. London is forever trendy. Berlin is all about volatility. Berlin is a city of fragments and ghosts, a laboratory of ideas, the fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history's most bloody century. The once arrogant capital of Europe was devastated by Allied bombs, divided by the Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centers of the world. Today it resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realized, and evils executed with shocking intensity. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low; few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Berlin tells the volatile history of Europe's capital over five centuries through a series of intimate portraits of two dozen key residents: the medieval balladeer whose suffering explains the Nazis' rise to power; the demonic and charismatic dictators who schemed to dominate Europe; the genius Jewish chemist who invented poison gas for First World War battlefields and then the death camps; the iconic mythmakers like Christopher Isherwood, Leni Riefenstahl, and David Bowie, whose heated visions are now as real as the city's bricks and mortar. Alongside them are portrayed some of the countless ordinary Berliners who one has never heard of, whose lives can only be imagined: the Scottish mercenary who fought in the Thirty Years' War, the ambitious prostitute who refashioned herself as a baroness, the fearful Communist Party functionary who helped to build the Wall, and the American spy from the Midwest whose patriotism may have turned the course of the Cold War. Berlin is a history book like no other, with an originality that reflects the nature of the city itself. In its architecture, through its literature, in its movies and songs, Berliners have conjured their hard capital into a place of fantastic human fantasy. No other city has so often surrendered itself to its own seductive myths. No other city has been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Berlin captures, portrays, and propagates the remarkable story of those myths and their makers"--
The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
The Dictators
Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
Paperback      ISBN: 0393327973
An analytical study of the dictatorships of Hitler and Stalin discusses their public images in comparison with their private personalities, their ascents to power, their creations of extermination camps and the Soviet Gulag, and the massive wars that marked their rules. Reprint. History.
The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler
The Duel
The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler
Paperback      ISBN: 0300089163
This is a day-by-day account of the eighty-day struggle in 1940 between Hitler—poised on the edge of absolute victory—and Churchill—threatened by imminent invasion and defeat--on the eve of the second World War. "A masterful book—masterful in its portrayal of its protagonists, masterful in its overall understanding of the death-struggle in which they engaged, masterful, above all, in its vivid, suspenseful chronicling of the most momentous eighty days in the history of this century."—Geoffrey Ward "This is a marvelous book. John Lukacs has lucid, unsentimental insight into the mind and character of both Churchill and Hitler."—Conor Cruise O’Brien "A wonderful story wonderfully told."—George F. Will "It is salutary to be reminded in this powerful study how close Hitler came to winning in 1940. . . . An impressive study . . . [written] with elegance and panache."—Peter Stansky, New York Times "A master of narrative history on a par with Barbara Tuchman and Garrett Mattingly."—Kirkus Reviews
The Private Heinrich Himmler: Letters of a Mass Murderer
The Private Heinrich Himmler
Letters of a Mass Murderer
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250064651
"At the end of World War II, it was assumed that the letters of Heinrich Himmler were lost. Yet sixty years after Himmler's capture by British troops and subsequent suicide, the letters mysteriously turned up in Tel Aviv and, in early 2014, excerpts werepublished for the first time by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot providing a rare, if jarring, glimpse into the family life of one of Hitler's top lieutenants while he was busy organizing the mass extermination of the Jews. It was generally held that Himmler, once appointed head of the SS, blended seamlessly into the Nazi hierarchy. The image that emerges, however, is more subtle. Himmler is seen here as a man whose observations can often be characterized by their unpleasant banality; a man whose obsession with family life ran alongside a brutal detachment from all things human, a serial killer who oversaw the persecution and extermination of all Jews and other non-Aryans, and those opposed to the regime. His letters remove any doubt that he was thearchitect of the Final Solution, and a man who was much closer to Hitler than many historians previously thought. The letters in this edition were arranged by Katrin Himmler, the great-niece of Heinrich and Marga Himmler while Michael Wildt, a renowned expert on the Nazi regime, provides historical context to the letters and their author. The entire work was translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen"--
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Ordinary Men
Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Paperback      ISBN: 0060995068
The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.
Wilhelm II: Prince and Emperor, 1859-1900
Wilhelm II
Prince and Emperor, 1859-1900
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807818283
Traces the early years in the life of Wilhelm II, German emperor before the First World War, focusing on his genealogy, education, and service as an officer in the Prussian Army
The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial 1945-46: A Documentary History
The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial 1945-46
A Documentary History
Paperback      ISBN: 0312136919
An introduction to the complex 1946 war crimes trial of major Nazi leaders such as Goering, Hess and Himmler. The text includes documents in every chapter such as, press accounts, testimony and cross-examination of defendants, and the Treaty of Versailles.