Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany

Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany

Nazi Wives is a fascinating look at the personal lives, psychological profiles, and marriages of the wives of officers in Hitler's inner circle.



Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Heydrich, Hess, Bormann--names synonymous with power and influence in the Third Reich. Perhaps less familiar are Carin, Emmy, Magda, Margarete, Lina, Ilse and Gerda...

These are the women behind the infamous men--complex individuals with distinctive personalities who were captivated by Hitler and whose everyday lives were governed by Nazi ideology. Throughout the rise and fall of Nazism these women loved and lost, raised families and quarreled with their husbands and each other, all the while jostling for position with the Fuhrer himself. Until now, they have been treated as minor characters, their significance ignored, as if they were unaware of their husbands' murderous acts, despite the evidence that was all around them: the stolen art on their walls, the slave labor in their homes, and the produce grown in concentration camps on their tables.

James Wyllie's Nazi Wives explores these women in detail for the first time, skillfully interweaving their stories through years of struggle, power, decline and destruction into the post-war twilight of denial and delusion.

Title:Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250271563
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    Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler's Germany Reviews

  • Dem

    This didn’t work for this me as an audible book I found the women blended together and I couldn’t tell one apart from the other. I think this would work much better in hard copy which I believ...

  • Tina

    ***Coming Out Next Month***This is a Non-Fiction book about Nazi Wives some of it is about before WWII, some of it is during WWII, and of course some of it takes place after WWII ended. I found this b...

  • Valerity (Val)

    I was glad to see that someone had done a book on the female main players around Hitler, instead of acting as if they didn’t exist. So I was happy to get a chance to read this ARC on the subject. I...

  • Juli

    This book is a heavy read, but a very interesting one. The key players in the Nazi regime -- we all know their names. Himmler, Bormann, Hess, Goering...the usual list. We all know their actions, their...

  • Cassandra

    I have read many books on WWII and the Holocaust, but this was my first read dedicated to the wives and other women in the lives of the Nazi Inner Circle. I really enjoyed reading more about them and ...

  • Linden

    I've read extensively on this period of history, but this book offers a different slant, and the author's thorough research was really enlightening. The wives and mistresses of the Nazi hierarchy are ...

  • Casey Wheeler

    This book is an interesting read. I have read a great deal about World War II and the events leading up to it, but never on the subjects that the author covered in this book. He provides biographies o...

  • Molly

    NAZI WIVESI think we tend to visualize Nazis as “monsters“. It’s even more terrifying when you understand that they are just people. Ilse, Carin, Emmy, Magda, Eva, Margaret, Lina, Gerda.There’...

  • Liviu

    While somewhat disjointed as it tries to cover the lives of several women who had relatively little in common - although they generally came from the middle or upper-middle classes of pre-Nazi Germany...

  • David Wasley

    The wives of the elite Nazis benefitted enormously from the institutionalised murder, plunder and corruption by their husbands. They knew of their brutal conduct from the early 1920s to 1945 and provi...