Germany – 1933 to 1945 (Civilian and domestic artefacts)

A collection of the everyday: "Alltagsgeschicte" The noted British historian Ian Kershaw once noted that the grand sweep of the period had been done to death in books and popular media and that few unexpected surprises were likely for future historians. However, he was of the opinion that that studying the mundane and everyday aspects of life in Nazi Germany, greater insights could be had. He named this approach "Alltagsgeschicte" - literally the history of the everyday. When we watch documentaries, we are typically bombarded with excerpts from propaganda films such as as Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will". While not denying that such material is important, does it actually tell us much about the day-to-day existence of people in that place and time; or did people actually live everyday in a Nazi rally? Did they never work? Never pay taxes? Never struggle to put food on the table? Never worry about what their children were learning in school? Some think that pondering the...
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