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  • Historian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupation

    Unlike most books about occupied Europe in World War II, Peter Fritzsche’s “An Iron Wind” makes the civilian experience central. The U. of I. history professor mines letters, diaries and other personal accounts from locales including Paris and Warsaw, Poland, to expose the many difficult realities and choices faced by those living under Nazi rule.

    Unlike most books about occupied Europe in World War II, Peter Fritzsche’s “An Iron Wind” makes the civilian experience central. The U. of I. history professor mines letters, diaries and other personal accounts from locales including Paris and Warsaw, Poland, to expose the many difficult realities and choices faced by those living under Nazi rule.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To contact Peter Fritzsche, call 217-344-5012; email pfritzsc@illinois.edu.

    The book “An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler” is being published by Basic Books.