New Books Network

Wulf Gruner, “The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia: Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses” (Berghahn Books, 2019)
Holocaust research tends to concentrate on certain geographic regions. We know much about the Holocaust in Poland, Germany and Western Europe. We are learning more and more about the ‘Holocaust by Bullets’ in the territories of the Soviet Union. This is obviously a good thing. But that emphasis leaves us... Read More
Astrid M. Eckert, “West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands” (Oxford UP, 2019)
How did the Iron Curtain shape the Federal Republic of Germany? How did the internal border become a proving ground for rival ideologies? West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands (Oxford University Press 2019) explores these battles in the most sensitive geographic spaces of... Read More
Lori Gemeiner-Bihler, “Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945” (SUNY Press, 2019)
In the years following Hitler’s rise to power, German Jews faced increasingly restrictive antisemitic laws, and many responded by fleeing to more tolerant countries. Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945 (SUNY Press, 2019), compares the experiences of Jewish refugees who immigrated to London and New... Read More
Tobias Boes, “Thomas Mann’s War: Literature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters” (Cornell UP, 2019)
In Thomas Mann’s War: Literature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters (Cornell University Press, 2019), Tobias Boes traces how the acclaimed and bestselling author became one of America’s most prominent anti-fascists and the spokesperson for a German cultural ideal that Nazism had perverted. Thomas Mann, winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize in literature... Read More
Graham T. Clews, “Churchill’s Phoney War: A Study in Folly and Frustration” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
Given the overwhelming amount of books printed in the past ten years on various (usually rather obscure) aspects of Sir Winston Churchill’s glorious career, it is of great interest that so little has been written about his activity during the Phoney War phase of the Second World War (1 September... Read More
Sarah Wobick-Segev, “Homes Away from Home: Jewish Belonging in 20th-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg” (Stanford UP, 2018)
In pre-emancipation Europe, most Jews followed Jewish law most of the time, but by the turn of the twentieth century, a new secular Jewish identity had begun to take shape. How did Jews go from lives organized by synagogues, shul, and mikvehs to lives that were conducted in Hillel houses,... Read More
Brendan Simms, “Hitler: A Global Biography” (Basic Books, 2019)
Every generation returns to the titanic heroes and villains of the 20th century.  And every generation produces a new set of biographies–often immense–in an effort to understand the role of that eras main figures. In the past three years, three important new books have reassessed Hitler’s life, beliefs and actions. ... Read More