Prague In the Shadow of the Swastika: A History of the German Occupation 1939–1945

Callum MacDonald and Jan Kaplan (1995)

“The story of the occupation of Prague, told in spare prose accompanied by an abundance of startling photographs. Amid the book’s tale of horror and humiliation, the modern reader searches for—and finds—the sparks of resistance that reflect the Czech people’s deeply-rooted desire for freedom.”

Munich: The Price of Peace

Telford Taylor (1979)

“Comprehensive and brilliantly written account of events surrounding the notorious Munich pact. Enlivened by eyewitness anecdotes illustrating the disturbing tendency of national leaders to believe a policy is right merely because it is convenient.”

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

Lynne Olson (2010)

“Written by one of our leading contemporary historians, this book paints an intimate and colorful portrait of relations between British and American leaders before, during, and after the Battle of Britain. Very readable, full of surprising stories, and hard to put down.”

Hitler’s Gift: The Story of Theresienstadt

George E. Berkley (1993)

“Well-researched description of the notorious Jewish ‘spa’ created by the Nazis in occupied Bohemia. Only Himmler would have thought to try to improve the image of the Third Reich by creating a concentration camp in which thousands of prisoners died due to inhumane conditions, and from which tens of thousands more were transported to Auschwitz. A study in both human cruelty and resilience.”

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer (2000)

“An oral history of the life-saving mission of the Kindertransport and the Winton trains that brought young German, Austrian, and Czechoslovak Jews to Great Britain immediately prior to World War II. Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking.”


Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th United States Secretary of State, was the first woman to hold that office. From 1993 until 1997, she was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She has written five bestsellers, including Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948, prompted by her earlier surprise realization of her family’s Jewish heritage. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work on behalf of peace and democracy, she is a professor at Georgetown University and chair of Albright Stonebridge Group.


Originally published in the October 2012 issue of World War II. To subscribe, click here.