To Germans

Germania_paintingI wrote this book for everyone interested in the history of Nazi Germany and in the history of the first half of XX century. However, it is also my gift to Germany and Germans – the country and people that I love deeply and passionately.

Defeat in World War II inflicted upon Germans and Germany (as a “collective soul”) an enormous psychological trauma. The trauma that is still felt today (more than seven decades later) by just about every Germany – consciously or unconsciously.

This trauma still prevents Germany from becoming a genuinely happy country and Germans – from becoming a genuinely happy people. In a way, just about every German suffers (mostly subconsciously) from a PTSD of sorts.

To heal themselves from this decades-old trauma, get rid of PTSD for good and to finally achieve well-deserved genuine happiness, Germany and Germans need a comprehensive, objective and unbiased knowledge about the Nazi past (the Third Reich period of Germany history).

In other words, Germany and Germans need a comprehensive, objective and unbiased picture of the Third Reich – the picture based not on emotions (let alone on stereotypes or prejudices), but strictly on indisputable facts, rock-solid logic and good old common sense.

Consequently, Germany and Germans need a comprehensive, objective (and strictly scientific) guide to the Third Reich. Unfortunately, prior to the completion of this book, such guide simply did not exist. For very obvious reasons.

Any comprehensive guide is a knowledge management project. To put together such a guide, one must collect and uncover all relevant raw data and information, derive the necessary knowledge from them (this process is called knowledge mining), structure this knowledge in the most efficient and digestible way and present this knowledge to the reader (the user of the guide).

Consequently, this is the job for the knowledge management professional. Which is exactly my key area of expertise. But this is not the only reason why I am perfectly qualified to write this book.

Nazi Germany was a system. A very unique, very big (gargantuan, actually) and a very complicated system. Therefore, to come up with a comprehensive essential guide to this system, one must undertake a comprehensive analysis of Nazi Germany. Which requires the qualifications (knowledge and experience) of a competent systems analyst.

I was thoroughly trained as one by highly competent instructors at the University of Texas at Arlington (I got an MBA in Information Systems from that university). And subsequently gained extensive experience in systems analysis by analyzing corporate, government, political and economic systems (during my tenure at a major investment bank and later as a strategic management consultant).

Also, one absolutely can not understand the history of any country, region, city or a union of countries without a thorough understanding of its economics and finance. I was well-trained in both areas at UTA and subsequently gained a deep and extensive experience in these areas in my abovementioned occupations.

Another two very important areas of expertise for a competent historian are individual and social psychology. And again, I was well-trained in both at UTA and accumulated significant experience by working on quite a few projects in both areas.

Finally, I have been a history buff since the age of five. And Nazi Germany was one of the two areas that I was mostly interested in. The other was the history of Russia and the Soviet Union (vitally important for writing a genuinely comprehensive guide to Nazi Germany).

A lot of books on Nazi Germany have nothing to do with history (they are pure propaganda – either pro-Nazi or anti-Nazi). An overwhelming majority of these books are heavily biased (one way or the other) and a very few that are not, suffer from a very serious problem.

The ‘Nazi elephant’ problem.

Unfortunately (you can check it for yourself), no historian has training and experience in knowledge management and systems analysis. In other words, they have neither training nor experience absolutely vital for writing a genuinely comprehensive guide to Nazi Germany.

Consequently, these historians (even completely objective and unbiased) are like… well, the blind men who try to describe the elephant in the probably most well-known ancient Indian parable.

Each of these historians focuses on just one “body part” (rarely more) of the Nazi Germany. Ignoring all other parts. Of which there were many – a lot, actually – as the Third Reich was a very complex, very unique and very sophisticated civilization.

I deeply and passionately love Germany and German people. And Germany and the German people desperately need a genuinely comprehensive, objective and unbiased guide to the Third Reich.

As such guide did not exist (for very obvious reasons), I had no other choice but to write it. And that’s exactly what this book is. .