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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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4 June 2019
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‘Huber acquaints us with a chapter of German history largely unknown until now, and likely repressed.’

‘The first thorough examination of German suicides at the end of the war.’

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