Jonathan Dimbleby: Barbarossa

The Book Club | 7 April 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Dimbleby about his book Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War. Describes the extraordinary and horrifying story of the Nazi campaign against Stalin, and its still more extraordinary strategic and diplomatic background. It’s a bloody and sometimes tragicomic parable of how dictators can become detached from reality – and in it he makes the case that, contra the prevailing image of Anglo-American victories in France having been decisive in winning the Second World War, Hitler’s goose was actually cooked as early as 1941.

David Nasaw on The Last Million

Carnegie Council Audio | 23 September 2020 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Nasaw about his book The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War. Discusses the management of and repatriation of the concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave labourers, political prisoners, and Nazi collaborators that did not return home after the end of WWII. Insights on why the Americans chose not to bring Nazi collaborators to justice, and the US domestic political considerations behind Jewish settlement in Israel.

The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.

Poland, 1939: World War Two Begins

History Extra | 5 September 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Roger Moorhouse telling the story of the 1939 battle for Poland that saw the country dismembered by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Draws from his book First to Fight: The Polish War 1939.

Adam Tooze on Nazi Ideology and the German War Economy

Politics Theory Other | 25 June 2018 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Tooze about his book The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. Discusses the entwinement of Nazi ideology and economics, the explanation for the apparent irrationality of German military strategy, the comparative backwardness of the German economy in the pre-war period, and the question of 1930s parallels in the post-financial crash era.

World War Two: The Economic Battle

The Documentary | 22 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Duncan Weldon on the importance of economic factors in the Second World War. Interesting perspectives throughout. For example, the contrast between Britain having more manpower available due to importing food versus Germany deploying more manpower to food production than its armed forces.