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The Gravediggers by Hauke Friederichs, Rudiger Barth

The Gravediggers: The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic

Hauke Friederichs, Rudiger Barth

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Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781788160728

November 1932. With the German economy in ruins and street battles raging between political factions, the Weimar Republic is in its death throes. 

3 stars out of 5
David Aaronovitch
1 Nov 2019

"The end of Weimar is chronicled in this day-by-day account of the Nazi power grab"

The authors, two German journalists, write in an appendix to the book that they had been inspired by the TV series House of Cards to look at the machinations and the actions of the key players who brought that disaster about. “It would be too banal,” they write, “to say that Hitler’s seizure of power was by no means inevitable. Yet it wasn’t until we came to write this book that we understood how cunningly, selfishly and unscrupulously the major German politicians of the age behaved . . . The gravediggers didn’t have to triumph.” But as we shall see, and with one obvious exception, the gravediggers — the politicians of the Weimar Republic — didn’t triumph.