Reading and seeing
You have either just been to Berlin, or you are just about to arrive, or plan you trip to one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. You now either feel the need to continue your research or prepare for your trip here... Allow me to help you by these suggestions...
BOOKS & MEMOIRS
Under two dictators
by Margarete Buber Neumann
An moving autobiography describing the life of Margarete Buber-Neumann.
This woman was the victim of both the Soviet and Nazi concentration camp systems, in which she spent seven years of her life in incarceration.
Liebe Mutti: One Man's Struggle to Survive in KZ Sachsenhausen, 1939-1945
by Jerzy Pindera and Lynne Taylor
A memoir from a man who survived 6 years at Sachsenhausen. His personal stories brings another dimension and a deeper understanding to the visit at Sachsenhausen.
The Theory and Practice of Hell
by Eugene Kogon
Originally written in 1945 and used as a basis for the Nuremberg investigations. It will provide the you with details in how systematic these places were run, in parts very graphic.
Commandant of Auschwitz; The Autobiography of Rudolf Höss
by Constantine Fitzgibbon, Rudolf Höss, Joachim Neugroschel and Primo Levi
This book allows you to see the side of the perpetrator and how Rudolf Höss defends his crimes.
by Anna Funder
Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. After the Berlin wall comes down she comes to Berlin to interview former Stasi members as well as the victims of the regime.
The counterfeiters (2007)
The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis and reached it's hight at Sachsenhausen.
A dramatization from Hitler's bunker of the last days of the Third Reich, leading to it’s downfall. Seen through the eyes of Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge, optimism crumbles into grim realization and terror as it becomes clear that Germany's defeat is inevitable. As the Russian army circles the city, the dimly lit halls of the underground refuge become an execution chamber for the Fuhrer and his closest advisors.
The Lifes of others (2006)
1984, East Berlin. The population is kept under strict control by the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. An agent conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Auschwitz the final solution;
An in-depth visual and verbal account of one of the most notorious death camps. Using reconstructions of key events by actors playing major Nazi hierarchical roles and real interviews from parties of all sides; ex-prisoners, old Schutzstaffel (SS) members and witnesses.
This film looks at the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime, from Himmler, Frank, Göring, Höss: men and women who were left a legacy that indelibly associates them with one of the greatest abominations in history. What is it like to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of genocide? How do they live with the weight of their ancestors' crimes? Is it possible to move on from the crimes of their ancestors?
The Nazis: A Warning From History;
An examination of how a cultivated people allowed Hitler's rise to power.