by Christopher Browning
Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany
by Atina Grossmann
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
by Goran Rosenberg
Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships
by Mary Fulbrook
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
by Anna Funder
In the 20th century, Germany suffered defeat in two world wars and withstood two kinds of dictatorship. Yet today it is Europe’s strongest economy. Hester Vaizey, fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and author of Born in the GDR, selects five brilliant books on a tumultuous century.
In the years immediately after World War II, the Holocaust was little studied. That all changed with the publication of Raul Hilberg’s The Destruction of the European Jews. Steven Katz, professor of Jewish Holocaust Studies at Boston University and former Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, introduces the best books on the Holocaust.