Wendy Lower: Hitler’s Furies

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Festival sponsors Waterstones spoke to historian Wendy Lower about her book Hitler’s Furies at today’s Cheltenham Literature Festival…

Hitler’s Furies is the product of twenty years of research by Wendy Lower, achieved both through archival research and the oral testimony of German witnesses. Apparently hidden from the record for the past seventy years, her book takes a look at a dozen women who all in some way played a role in the murderous acts of the Nazis on the Eastern Front – the so called “Wild East”. As she explained to us, it was not just that these were women in “women’s roles” which formed part of the bureaucratic machine of the Holocaust, but rather that they were activists – believers in the cause, who would do their bit by providing refreshments to Nazi death squads… And, for the most part, avoid punishment.

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