How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century
Princeton University Press 2018
In his new book, Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century (Princeton University Press, 2018), Konrad Jarausch, the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, examines the lives of ordinary Germans throughout the 20th century. Drawing on six dozen memoirs of Germans born in the 1920s he demonstrates how these individuals experienced, Third Reich, the Holocaust, the Cold War and finally reunification. Ultimately, Jarausch argues that this generation’s focus on its suffering led them to a more critical understanding of their national identity, which resulted in Germany becoming the model for European democracy.