Global Book Club Plymouth meeting: A Village in the Third Reich
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The next Global Book Club Plymouth meeting will discuss the book by Julia Boyd with Angelika Patel.
Drawing on archive material, letters, interviews and memoirs, A Village in the Third Reich is an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler. We meet the Jews who survived – and those who didn't; the Nazi mayor who tried to shield those persecuted by the regime; and a blind boy whose life was thought 'not worth living'. It is a tale of conflicting loyalties and desires, of shattered dreams, despair and destruction. 
Unemotive yet compelling, the book presents the full gamut of humanity and its responses as the Nazis began their uncertain rise to power then their seeming invincibility to their turn of fortune and eventual defeat. Charting this through the lives of villagers in a Bavarian village, which was more cosmopolitan than “village” suggests, gives a deep insight into the motivations behind a wide range of responses from people at all levels of local society.   
The wider perspective is not neglected, for example, one learns that some American leaders in 1944 planned to reduce Germany to an agrarian society so it could never pose a threat again, until wiser minds prevailed and the Marshall Plan was implemented instead, not just to prevent the Germans turning to communist Russia, but also to prevent the resurgence of right wing elements. 
The final chapter explores how the challenging process of de-nazification was undertaken and modified over time because of the complexities involved.
If this is primarily a tale of political tragedy, it is also one in which human resilience triumphs. 
All are welcome to join the free event to discuss this story of extraordinary lives at the crossroads of history. You can attend this event in person or online. Please email s.kay@blueyonder.co.uk for Zoom details or any queries.
Global Book Club Plymouth is an initiative of Devon Development Education and is supported by the University of Plymouth. 
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