The Black Book

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In 1939, the Gestapo created a list of names: the Britons whose removal would be the Nazis’ first priority in the event of a successful invasion. Who were they? What had they done to provoke Germany? Historian Sybil Oldfield uncovers their stories and reveals why the Nazis feared their influence. Those on the hitlist – more than half of them naturalised refugees – were many of Britain’s most gifted and humane inhabitants. Among their numbers we find the writers E.M. Forster and Virginial Woolf, humanitarians and religious leaders, scientists and artists, the social reformers Margery Fry and Eleanor Rathbone MP, the artists Jacob Epstein and Oscar Kokoschka. By examining these targets of Nazi hatred, Oldfield not only sheds light on the Gestapo worldview; she also movingly reveals a network of truly exemplary Britons: mavericks, moral visionaries and unsung heroes.

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‘Oldfield’s thoroughly researched and fascinating historical biography explores the lives of many of the 2,600 citizens who attracted Hitler’s ire, ranging from high-profile entertainers and writers to those naturalised refugees who doggedly resisted the Nazis from afar’ – ObserverIn 1939, the Gestapo created a list of names: the Britons whose removal would be the Nazis’ priority in the event of a successful invasion. Who were they? What had they done to provoke Germany? For the first time, the historian Sybil Oldfield uncovers their stories and reveals why the Nazis feared their influence. Those on the hitlist – many of them naturalised refugees – were some of Britain’s most gifted and humane inhabitants. They included writers, humanitarians, religious leaders, scientists, artists, and social reformers. By examining these targets of Nazi hatred, Oldfield not only sheds light on the Gestapo worldview but also movingly reveals a network of truly exemplary Britons: mavericks, moral visionaries and unsung heroes.

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Weight 0.38 kg
Dimensions 20 × 12.8 × 3.2 cm
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Paperback

Pages

448

Language

English

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941.0840922 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K