The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now

The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now

The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now*, edited by Winston Ramsey, is a fantastic reference book for anyone who is studying about or interested in Nazi Germany. The National Socialist Party was in power in Germany for 12 years and in this time they opened…

La propaganda franquista by María-del-Pilar Rodríguez-Hernandez

La propaganda franquista by María-del-Pilar Rodríguez-Hernandez

La propaganda franquista durante la Guerra Civil by María-del-Pilar Rodríguez-Hernandez is a book, in Spanish, about propaganda during the Spanish Civil War. It is a short book, well structured, touching on different aspects of propaganda. The book starts with a presentation of what propaganda is…

Franco’s Internationalists by David Brydan

Franco’s Internationalists by David Brydan

Franco’s Internationalists by David Brydan – Social Experts and Spain’s Search for Legitimacy – is a book by a teacher at King’s College London, who will supervise me next year. I was, obviously, very excited to read the book. It covers the period of the…

Surviving Katyn by Jane Rogoyska

Surviving Katyn by Jane Rogoyska

Surviving Katyn by Jane Rogoyska – Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth – is a fantastic book, so well researched into the deaths of 21,857 Polish officers killed by NKVD under the orders of Stalin. Reading about the author I was surprised to…

A Concise History of Italy by Christopher Duggan

A Concise History of Italy by Christopher Duggan

A Concise History of Italy by Christopher Duggan – Cambridge Concise Histories is a good book which I enjoyed. It’s focused on the modern history a bit too much for my taste, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. For example, the period between 400…

A Judge in Auschwitz by Kevin Prenger

A Judge in Auschwitz by Kevin Prenger

A Judge in Auschwitz by Kevin Prenger* – Konrad Morgen’s Crusade Against SS Corruption and ‘Illegal’ Murder – must be one of the best books I read this year. Unlike most of the books about Auschwitz or the German genocide of Jews, which deal with…

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder – Europe between Hitler and Stalin – is a fantastic book which compares what happened during the Nazi occupation and during the Soviet occupation in the countries between Germany and Russia: Poland and the Blatic States, also Ukraine. He ends the…

Fighting For Franco by Judith Keene

Fighting For Franco by Judith Keene

Fighting For Franco by Judith Keene – International Volunteers in Nationalist Spain During the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 – is the second 1 star book I read this month, which is so unusual for me. I was interested in this book because there is little…

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum – Stalin’s War on Ukraine – is a must read because not only sheds light on a less know part of European history, the implications of what happened at that point and how the west reacted are still with us…

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov

Winter Is Coming by Garry Kasparov – Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped is a must read book, for many reasons. This is not a book only about Putin, but about what the west did while Putin was…

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan – A Cold Case Investigation – is a newly published book on the research a team undertook for 6 years, to discover what happened to Anne Frank, and one of the team was a retired FBI agent.…

Greco-Roman Medicine and What It Can Teach Us Today by Nick Summerton

Greco-Roman Medicine and What It Can Teach Us Today by Nick Summerton

I find medicine, especially in a historical context, fascinating. So I was keen on reading Greco-Roman Medicine and What It Can Teach Us Today by Nick Summerton* which is a book that did not disappoint at all. I gave it a very well deserved 5…

The Spanish Civil War at Sea by Michael Alpert

The Spanish Civil War at Sea by Michael Alpert

This time last year I was starting a module on the Spanish Civil War and I enjoyed it a lot, hence I’m still reading books such as The Spanish Civil War at Sea by Michael Alpert* – Dark and Dangerous Waters – months after I…

Himmler’s Death Squad by Ian Baxter

Himmler’s Death Squad by Ian Baxter

Himmler’s Death Squad by Ian Baxter* – Einsatzgruppen in Action, 1939–1944 contains rare photographs from wartime archives. This is a photograph-based book, very much like another book by him that I reviewed recently on Concentration Camp Overseers. This book is filled with horrifying images, but…

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner – A family’s story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall – was recommended by Kelly. I thank her for telling me about this wonderful book. I loved it, it is such a heartbreaking but beautiful…

The Forgotten German Genocide by Peter C Brown

The Forgotten German Genocide by Peter C Brown

The Forgotten German Genocide by Peter C Brown* is an analysis of the Revenge Cleansing in Eastern Europe, 1945–50, as the subtitle describes. The book is very well structured. It starts with details on the Final Solution, how the euthanasia programme started and the gas…