• Nazi Wives

  • The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany
  • By: James Wyllie
  • Narrated by: Dalya Raphael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“The real housewives of the Third Reich...[Wyllie] recounts their stories with a bracing combination of scholarship and an almost cinematic approach to spinning a compelling narrative” (Washington Post)

Nazi Wives is a fascinating look at the personal lives, psychological profiles, and marriages of the wives of officers in Hitler's inner circle.

Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich, Hess, Bormann - names synonymous with power and influence in the Third Reich. Perhaps less familiar are Carin, Emmy, Magda, Margarete, Lina, Ilse, and Gerda....

These are the women behind the infamous men - complex individuals with distinctive personalities who were captivated by Hitler and whose everyday lives were governed by Nazi ideology. Throughout the rise and fall of Nazism these women loved and lost, raised families, and quarreled with their husbands and each other, all the while jostling for position with the Fuhrer himself. Until now, they have been treated as minor characters, their significance ignored, as if they were unaware of their husbands' murderous acts, despite the evidence that was all around them: the stolen art on their walls, the slave labor in their homes, and the produce grown in concentration camps on their tables.

James Wyllie's Nazi Wives explores these women in detail for the first time, skillfully interweaving their stories through years of struggle, power, decline, and destruction into the post-war twilight of denial and delusion.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 James Wyllie (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A look at the more obscure Nazi's.

An interesting look at the wives of several Nazi officials, who are often ignored or overlooked by many historians. Excellent narration as well.

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Scary

It is unbelievable to me how so many people have so much arrogance, lack of empathy for others, and how in this world of trump lies can drink the kool aide

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Not In Depth Enough

Nazi wives should have been a fascinating subject with a look behind the propaganda and veneer of civility to the monsters that lay beneath.
But what I got here was just a travelogue of their comings and goings with few inside glimpses of what really motivated these women.
Really disappointing for such a potentially rich subject.

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Salwell

I wanted the audio version of this book but I am having a hard time understanding the reader, she has a nice accent but one I can’t follow due to my hearing problems. I will return this and get the reading version.

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A side of Nazi history you don't know.

Fascinating. I have really gotten interested in WWII and this gave me a side of the history I didn't know.

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so much information that I didn't know

Nazi Wives is an inside look at the women married to the men at the top of the Reich. These are the women who loved, married and had children with some of the most horrific men in the Nazi party. They, alongside their husbands, followed Hitler. They hosted dinner parties that he attended. They hung the stolen artwork in their homes. They were part of the inner circle. And yet, most of their names were unknown to me and I was uncertain about what their fates were when the war ended.

Mr. Wyllie introduces the women, shows how their relationships worked, describes their interactions with Hitler, exposes the ways that the Holocaust was prominent in their lives. It is an enlightening book that left me feeling the same abhorrence that has affected me every time I have read about their husbands. It is a thoroughly-researched and well-written piece of nonfiction about a time that is discussed much, but with a micro view of something that is rarely mentioned. I am glad to have read it.

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Danced on the surface when I wanted it to jump in

Liked the narration and steadiness of the story , I was hoping for a little more depth into mindsets but overall enjoyable

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The reader of this book read much too fast and with an accent it was very hard to listen. I couldn’t finish the book.

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Very interesting

The book was very interesting and informative. It's always interesting to hear about the family life of notorious figures in history.

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Informative!

This book contains information that I hadn't known. Very informative. Would read again and suggest to others.