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Richard J. Evans: Hitler’s Stormtroopers, 22 February 2018

Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts 
by Daniel Siemens.
Yale, 459 pp., £25, October 2017, 978 0 300 19681 8
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... of historical studies essentially end at that point. In his major new history of the brownshirts, Daniel Siemens summarises much of this literature, adjudicates convincingly where historians have differed, and adds some significant details of his own.The SA first emerged in the atmosphere of violence and civil conflict that permeated Germany in the ...

Short Cuts

Daniel Soar: Mobile surveillance, 14 August 2008

... in a business park outside Ipswich that also hosts research divisions of BT and Nokia Siemens Networks. At the frequent ISS conferences – Dubai, Qatar, Washington, Prague – one of the key topics of discussion tends to be how to identify targets for LI (that’s ‘lawful intercept’) in the first place: it’s a cinch to bug someone, but how ...

The Good Swimmer

Chloë Daniel: Survival in Nazi Germany, 3 November 2016

Gone to Ground: One Woman’s Extraordinary Account of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany 
by Marie Jalowicz Simon, translated by Anthea Bell.
Clerkenwell, 350 pp., £8.99, February 2016, 978 1 78125 415 8
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... it as an indication she was ‘free to go my own way’. She got herself signed off sick from the Siemens factory in Spandau on the other side of the city, where she had been sent to work along with two hundred other Jewish women. Then ‘I plucked up my courage: “I want to leave this job,” I said, “But as I am doing forced labour I can’t give ...

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