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Soldaten - On Fighting, Killing, and Dying

Sonke Neitzel

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.

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.
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History

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Harald Welzer, Simon Prebble

Length:

14h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

58:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

46:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:08:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:00:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

45:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

53:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

49:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

43:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

42:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:14:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

53:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

49:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:09