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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself

Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself: The Mass Suicide of Ordinary Germans in 1945

Florian Huber

Translated by Imogen Taylor

A wave of suicides broke across Germany in 1945 as tens of thousands chose death—for themselves and their children—rather than face the defeat of the Third Reich and the reckoning to come.

Using the words of eyewitnesses, historian Florian Huber tells of one of the largest mass suicides in history and its suppression by survivors—offering a fascinating insight into the feelings of ordinary people caught in the tide of history who saw no other way out.


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Florian Huber
About the Author

Florian Huber is the author of severalworks of history and has also producedaward-winning documentaries oncontemporary subjects, including thefall of the Wall, the mysterious endof the poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéryand the 1936 Olympic Games.

Imogen Taylor is a literary translator based in Berlin. Her translations include Fear and Twins by Dirk...

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Praise for Florian Huber
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‘Florian Huber’s book is a valuable contribution to understanding how Germany was responsible for some of the most terrible events of the last century.’

‘[A] a remarkable book—grim and fascinating.’

‘Until Huber’s work, the deaths were underestimated, confined to official documents and several diaries published in the 1950s and 1960s. It makes Promise Me a significant work.’

‘Huber acquaints us with a chapter of German history largely unknown until now, and likely repressed.’

‘Gut-wrenching to read and one of the last previously untold and unacknowledged chapters in German history.’

‘A grimly compelling insight into the psychology of fanaticism.’

‘In this exploration of the relatively undocumented suicide epidemic that swept across Germany at the end of the Second World War, Florian Huber gives a harrowing insight into the psyche of everyday German citizens, from the time of Hitler’s meteoric rise to power to the destructive downfall of Nazi Germany.’

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