Saturday July 11, 2020
SNc Channels:



Mar-28-2010 23:26printcomments

Willamette Author Tells Stories of Those who Confronted Hitler

Bill Smaldone’s book, now in paperback, provides opposition leaders’ perspectives.

Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic

(SALEM, Ore.) - Willamette University history professor William Smaldone’s latest book, “Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic, 1929-1933,” tells the stories of how ten Social Democratic leaders addressed the impending threat of Nazism and communism.

Full of relevant historical context, the book explores the constraints and political choices these leaders made in the shadow of Hitler’s chancellorship and their struggle for political freedom and social justice.

The book examines how circumstances and events shaped party leaders’ perspectives and decisions.

It reveals a complex situation, in which democratic leaders faced a broad array of economic, political and social challenges in a deeply divided populace — with potential comparisons for the contemporary world.

“I hope my book offers a historical perspective that provides insight into modern political dilemmas,” Smaldone said.

“A lot has been written about Hitler, but this book deals with individual opposition-party leaders and what shaped their actions — or inactions.”

The book is now available in paperback and can be purchased at Willamette’s bookstore, or find it at Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic.


Source: News release from Willamette University

Comments Leave a comment on this story.

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.

[Return to Top]
©2020 All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of

Articles for March 27, 2010 | Articles for March 28, 2010 | Articles for March 29, 2010
Donate to and help us keep the news flowing! Thank you.


Your customers are looking: Advertise on!

The NAACP of the Willamette Valley

Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.