Alexander Wells

Alexander Wells

Alexander Wells is a freelance writer and history researcher who lives in Sydney. His essays and reviews have appeared in publications including History Today, the Mekong Review, Overland, the Newtown Review of Books, and the Harvard Advocate, where he was editor.

Alexander Wells reviews 'Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself: The mass suicides of ordinary Germans in 1945' by Florian Huber, translated by Imogen Taylor

September 2019, no. 414 26 August 2019
Alexander Wells reviews 'Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself: The mass suicides of ordinary Germans in 1945' by Florian Huber, translated by Imogen Taylor
Everyone knows about the final days of Adolf Hitler – his abject suicide in a clammy Berlin bunker. Many prominent Nazis followed suit, including the master propagandist Joseph Goebbels, who broadcast messages to the public espousing the virtue of death over defeat. His wife, Magdalena, wrote: ‘Our glorious idea is ruined, and with it everything beautiful, admirable, noble and good that I have ... (read more)