“Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself” : The Mass Suicide of Ordinary Germans in 1945


Just the title of this book, of course grabs you, but once you fully realize what the subject matter is you prepare to settle down for a serious read. And this is truly a serious story that has needed to be shared for a long time. Maybe it was waiting for the right author, or perhaps the time wasn’t right. That’s kind of hard to believe though, as long as it’s been now. But the stage is set, and its time the world knows about this, or at least the parts that didn’t already.

I personally have read my share of books about WWII and the holocaust, and I’ve never run into any mention of this story before. I’ve never seen it discussed online when discussions were being had about those kinds of books either. So I was blown away to read this well-researched book about the suicides of so many regular German people (non-Nazis). Juxtaposed to that, it also follows along with a few folks who became invested in the whole Hitler message. Some as part of the Hitler Youth programs, and some as adults. They became true believers.

I recommend this book for anyone, history lovers, WWII buffs, those who read holocaust memoirs, It’s just such a compelling story. Advanced electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Florian Huber, and the publisher.




Publisher: Little, Brown Spark – 304 pages
Expected Publication: Mar 10th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 Stars

The Author-   Florian Huber is a writer and documentary maker. He was born in Nuremberg in 1967. He has written four books about German history of which this is the first to be to be translated. He lives in Hamburg.


2 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW ~ “Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself”

  1. Oh I agree, the title is great. There was shame and guilt, but there was a lot of people who felt that there was no coming back from losing the war. It was just too humiliating to have lost, they couldn’t see a future beyond it. Thanks for your comment.


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