Wolfram is the story of the Third Reich as seen through German eyes. It examines how one eccentric German family - who despised Hitler from the outset - survived the daily horrors of Nazi Germany.
At the heart of the book is a moral dilemma that will strike a chord with every reader: how much should one compromise one's ideals when living in a brutal dictatorship?
Wolfram was nine when Hitler came to power and 21 when the Second World War ended. He was to experience the rise and fall of the Third Reich, from the earliest street marches to the final defeat of the Nazi regime. Conscripted into Hitler's army, he was to witness first hand the brutality of war - first on the Russian front and then on the Normandy beaches.
Wolfram: The Boy Who Went to War offers a new and different perspective on the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Based on sixty hours of interviews with Wolfram Aichele, along with letters and diaries in the family archive, Giles Milton recreates an extraordinary personal testimony from the darkest days of the Third Reich.
Click here for my interview with The Guardian.
Click here for my interview with the Spectator about Wolfram.
Click here for The Bookbag interview.
Click here for an article in The Guardian about Wolfram.
‘A book which deftly juggles the micro and the macro, ably contextualising Wolfram’s life and incorporating it into the broader story. Importantly, Milton’s use of the first-hand material that he has had access to – diaries, letters and interviews – is exemplary. In contrast to some books of this type, one never feels that the raw material is being stretched too thin, and neither does one sense that it is overused, presented clumsily, without sufficient explanation or context.
Milton’s writing, too, is first-rate. Engaging, poignant and vivid, he wrings just the right amount of pathos from his story, and shifts seamlessly between the varying ‘voices’ of his narrative.Therefore for all its apparently homespun origins, this is a very valid and interesting book, which offers an illuminating insight into the experience of ‘ordinary’ Germans living in ‘small-town’ Germany.’ Roger Moorhouse, BBC History Magazine.