Peter Fritzsche is an American historian, writer, professor of history at the University of Illinois, and author of the book Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich.
We've grown to understand in the past few weeks how worlds can change in just a few days. Peter Fritzsche's new book Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Basic Books, 2020) is an extraordinary examination of how, in just a few months, Germans got used to living around, among, and, mostly, in unity with, Nazis.Fritzsche's argument is sophisticated and nuanced. But it's the details of everyday life he provides that make this book stand out. Fritzsche uses diaries, newspaper articles, letters and other sources to provide a journalistic (in the best sense of the world) sense of how people lived through and in a revolution. He highlights moments of collective experience--the anti-jewish boycott, national celebrations, elections. But he also tells us about an influenza outbreak that closed school in a small town shortly after Hitler became chancellor, reminding us that many live through moments of high drama in very ordinary ways.Historians and genocide scholars routinely try to understand how societies grow to support authoritarian. oppressive or racist governments. Fritzsche's books is a significant contribution to this scholarship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lewis H. Lapham speaks with Peter Fritzsche, author of Hitler’s First Hundred Days When Germans Embraced the Third Reich.” Thanks to our generous donors. Lead support for this podcast has been provided by Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince. Additional support was provided by James J. “Jimmy” Coleman Jr.
Today I speak with historian, Peter Fritzsche about Adolf Hitler's rise to power and the first one hundred days of Nazi Germany. Support the show and visit our sponsor Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third ReichStories of the Second World War on YouTube Stories of the Second World War on Twitter free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or inquiries See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jul 3rd, 1959
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