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How the Nazis built the biggest hotel in the world

Posted on: 22/03/2016 with tags: guy saville, Hitler, nazis, The Madagaskar Plan, world war II, WW2

Think of the Nazis and what comes to mind? Hitler’s demagoguery and massed ranks of black uniforms? The war? The Holocaust? What you probably don’t think of is package holidays, cruise-ships and beach resorts. Yet the Nazis were at the forefront of modern tourism. Shortly after coming to power they established Kraft durch Freude (KdF: Strength through Joy), a leisure organisation. By 1937 it was the biggest tour operator in the world, organising cheap holidays for over 1.4 million people – as lo…

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Q&A with Ingrid Carlberg on Raoul Wallenberg

Posted on: 23/02/2016 with tags: ingrid carlberg, Q&A, raoul wallenberg, WW2

How did you first find out about Raoul Wallenberg? If, like me, you were born and raised in Sweden, you would of course know the name Raoul Wallenberg. But for me, growing up in the 70’s, his name was for a long time primarily linked to an eternal political and diplomatic struggle between Sweden and the Soviet Union. Which meant that his name was linked to something grown up people were tired of hearing about: ‘stop going on about Raoul Wallenberg, it won’t change anything, everybody knows that …

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My inspiration for ‘Deep Trouble’ by Rob Lofthouse

Posted on: 26/01/2016 with tags: Deep Trouble, Rob Lofthouse, WW2

I have always been interested in Military History, but I’ve a particular interest in the Second World War as my Grandfather served in 6th Airborne Division as an artilleryman. I was only young when he told me his stories – of taking part in D-Day and making drops throughout North West Europe – but they stayed with me and have inspired me ever since. Did it have an impact on my own decision to join the army? Perhaps, but what is certain is that when I left the army in 2013 and decided I wanted to…

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Guy Saville on The Man in the High Castle

Posted on: 23/11/2015 with tags: Afrika Reich, guy saville, Madagaskar Plan, nazi germany, third reich, World History, WW2

Guy Saville, author of The Madagaskar Plan, has written this brilliant article for us about  The Man in the High Castle and and the move in alternative history from sci-fi to the thriller. ‘The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick is arguably the most influential what-if-the-Nazis-won-the-war novel. Published in 1962, it was considered unfilmable for decades. Amazon, however, has just released a big budget TV adaptation produced by Ridley Scott. The original book is a work of science fiction…

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