Harper’s New Book: Exposing the Reich
How Hitler Captivated and Corrupted the German People
As a WWII tour director for thirty-five years, Eagle’s Nest Historical Tours’ co-founder, David Harper, has repeatedly been posed questions from an extremely varied American and British audience: “Why did the Germans vote for Hitler? Did they know about the concentration camps? What did German soldiers and members of the SS feel about the extermination camps and the war crimes they were committing? How do today’s Germans view Hitler and the Third Reich? What is the country doing at present to address those dark pages of its history and to remember the victims of Hitler’s regime? Do the right-wing demonstrations in Germany portend a resurgence of Nazi ideology today?”
All these questions and many more are addressed in Exposing the Reich. The book seeks to promote an understanding of how the devastation and tragedy of the war and the concurrent genocide could happen. It studies the lethal blend of inciting hatred, ongoing indoctrination, justification for drastic action, and the complete control of all media.
Many little-known aspects of Hitler and his “Third Reich” are exposed in this work: how many people know, for instance, that Hitler was writing an opera when he lived in Vienna or how began developing his antisemitic outlook while living there? Few know about the early political and ideological influences on Hitler’s worldview, such as those instigated by his little-known mentors, Mayr and Eckart. Who has ever heard about Hitler’s “second book,” in which he revealed his major foreign policy plans, a manuscript that remained secret? How many realize that Hitler’s regime planned on replacing Christianity with its own “religion” and substituting Mein Kampf for the Bible? Why did Hitler name his regime the “Third” Reich, and why did he choose the swastika as its logo? Why did the fine arts enjoy such an honored status during the Reich? What were the lesser-known original purposes of the concentration camp system established in Germany just weeks after Hitler seized power?
These, and countless more insights regarding the Third Reich, are revealed in Exposing the Reich. From young students to well-informed history buffs, readers will gain a wealth of new insights into Hitler and his regime of terror.
“It’s the question that haunts anyone who studies the Second World War: How did he do it? How did Hitler manage to weaponize a nation and lure ordinary citizens to follow him to their destruction? In Exposing the Reich, David Harper tackles this mystery with a deft, approachable touch. There’s no better time for a book like this.”
Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call
“Timely and indispensable. Harper reminds us of the fragility of civilization – and of sanity. With neo-Nazis and demagogues flaunting their lies and their muscles, our future depends on learning from the lessons imparted here.”
Arthur J. Majida, author, Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris
“David Harper has made an important and – in this ‘post-truth’ age – hugely relevant contribution to understanding how this darkest chapter in human history could have happened. A highly original, accessible and stimulating synthesis.”
Ronnie Landau, author, lecturer and journalist; Holocaust historian and educationalist