An important exploration of a shocking and previously unacknowledged chapter in German history.
Florian Huber is the author of several works of history and has
also produced award-winning documentaries on contemporary subjects,
including the fall of the Wall, the mysterious end of the poet
Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the 1936 Olympic Games.
Imogen Taylor is a literary translator based in Berlin. Her translations include Fear and Twins by Dirk Kurbjuweit, Sascha Arango's The Truth and Other Lies and Melanie Raabe's The Trap and The Stranger.
'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.' * Age *
'[A] a remarkable book-grim and fascinating.' * The Times *
'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.' * Adelaide Advertiser *
'Huber acquaints us with a chapter of German history largely unknown until now, and likely repressed.' -- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
'Gut-wrenching to read and one of the last previously untold and unacknowledged chapters in German history.' * North and South *
'A grimly compelling insight into the psychology of fanaticism.' * Economist *
'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.' * Scotsman *
'All eyes will be opened...by the sheer facts on offer in Florian Huber's Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself...Huber follows a cast of real, all-too-human characters as they head into darkness. He builds a terrifying picture of how a modern, civilised culture embraced a lunatic death-cult...Huber's terrible evidence is priceless, and belongs on every bookshelf.' * Spectator *
'Vivid and disturbing...Huber portrays his subjects with empathy and offers key insights into the German mindset before, during, and after WWII.' * Publishers Weekly *