Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying Audiobook | Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator) | Audible.com
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Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying | [Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)]

Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.
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On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

Collaborating with renowned social psychologist Harald Welzer, Neitzel examines these conversations - and the casual, pitiless brutality omnipresent in them - from a historical and psychological perspective, and in reconstructing the frameworks and situations behind these conversations, they have created a powerful narrative of wartime experience.

©2011 Soenke Neitzel and Harald Welzer; English translation by Jefferson Chase copyright 2012 (P)2012 HighBridge Company

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    Martin KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 10-13-12
    Martin KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Deflates claims that only a few knew"

    I grew up in a town close to Camp Forrest where German POWs were held in the continental United States during the war. Although this book deals with German POWs held in The United Kingdom, this book was of particular interest to me. I was shocked at how prevalent the ideas about people in territories invaded by nazi troops were. It seemed to be more or less accepted that regardless of any written rules of conduct (which seem nebulous at times), that committing rape and murder were perfectly acceptable practices. Any small act was accepted as a pretext for the most appalling crimes against humanity. The "thousand year reich" will certainly be remembered for far more than a thousand years for these acts. I pray that we do better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BrentDC Portland, TX, United States 03-02-13
    BrentDC Portland, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Chilling revelation of the men of Hitler's Germany"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Simon Prebble?

    Perhaps, this subject was revealing and exemplary in letting us hear the voices and thoughts of the men that built and were part of the Third Reich.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Yes, as I see the perspective here as vital not well known, how ordinary and plain these soldiers were, yet the Nazi Regime shaped them into people that could obey the unconscionable.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    well enough, though the subject matter is quite dry at times


    Did Soldaten inspire you to do anything?

    Reflect on how precious choice is and I thank God I have the freedom to have many choices.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter is dark and dry in it's presentation but was invaluable in showing what happens when ordinary men are compromised by leaders intent on evil. Good leadership is vital

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Martinez, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Peter Martinez, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    A good listen if you are a history wonk maybe not as interesting for those looking for pure entertainment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14
    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Simon Prebble?

    no


    What other book might you compare Soldaten to and why?

    I dont think there is another book like it


    What didn’t you like about Simon Prebble’s performance?

    He is very monotone. But he is british


    Was Soldaten worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    readslike a military report, because it is

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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    Scholarly account of secretly recorded conversations of WWII German POWs. The transcripts are presented more or less verbatim which makes them all the more chilling as the subjects converse in cold blooded detail murder of civilians, war crimes, and the thrill of killing as if it were a video game. You will find little remorse here. An unnerving account of what war turns men into. On the downside, I found the narration a little dry and lacking.

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    Tony Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-14-13
    Tony Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.

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    "More accounts less analysis please!"

    I was very interested in listening to the soldiers recordings but tended to dose off when the author started analysing their conversations. I'm not saying I did not value the authors input; I would of just preferred to listen to more of what the soldiers had to say. Some of their stories where just incredible. I'm so happy I did not have to live through such an ordeal. It's a worth while listen for anyone interested in WWII from a German soldier's point of view.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Austin, Texas, United States 02-04-13
    Sean Austin, Texas, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I wanted to like this"

    I listen to a lot of first-person histories of the war. Since I don't speak German, I was hoping that this book would give me some insight into the German war experience.

    The author spends a tremendous amount of time on the sociological and psychological reasons behind the soldiers actions, and how easy they were persuaded that what they did was normal, expected, and "just a job".

    Dull, dull, dull, dull...

    I'm returning this audiobook. I couldn't make it through the first hour.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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