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What the British are reading: books about Nazis


Back in 1975, Britons read books about golf, cats and Nazis, writes the BBC. Now, in 2011, the British just read books about Nazis.

The phenomenal and continuing success of books about the Nazis includes fiction, non-fiction and science fiction. They include the occult and the Nazis, Nazi magic, Nazi weaponry and Nazi doctors. There’s the history of SS uniforms, SS staff cars, SS recruitment and propaganda.

You can read counter histories imagining Britain if the Nazis had won or post-war histories of the exploitation of Nazi scientific discoveries by America and the other Allied powers. There are serious histories, adventures with the Panzer Division, and secrets of the Gestapo.

Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich by James Yannes is not an invention of Private Eye but a work, I suppose, of genuine scholarship. There’s even a book about the Fuhrer’s own collection of books – Hitler’s Private Library.

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Richard Davies

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