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Has banning stuff worked through history?
Mr Bates v The Post Office
Resistance: The Underground War in Europe, 1939-1945 with Halik Kochanski
In this episode of the Versus History Podcast, we were delighted to interview Halik Kochanski, the winner of the Wolfson History Prize for 2023. Resistance: 'The Underground War in Europe, 1939-1945′Across the whole of Nazi-ruled Europe the experience of occupation was sharply varied. Some countries – such as Denmark – were allowed to run themselves within tight limits. Others – such as France – were constrained not only by military occupation but by open collaboration. In a historical moment when Nazi victory seemed irreversible, the question ‘why resist?’ was therefore augmented by ‘who was the enemy?’.Resistance is an extraordinarily powerful, humane and haunting account of how and why all across Nazi-occupied Europe some people decided to resist the Third Reich. This could range from open partisan warfare in the occupied Soviet Union to dangerous acts of insurrection in the Netherlands or Norway. Some of these resistance movements were entirely home-grown, others supported by the Allies.Like no other book, Resistance shows the reader just how difficult such actions were. How could small bands of individuals undertake tasks which could lead not just to their own deaths but those of their families and their entire communities?Filled with powerful and often little-known stories, Kochanski’s book is a fascinating examination of the convoluted challenges faced by those prepared to resist the Germans, ordinary people who carried out exceptional acts of defiance.The Wolfson History Prize 2023 link is here.The book can be purchased here.Follow Versus History on X here.
“Empathy in history is a noble but ultimately unobtainable endeavour.” With #VHEssayPrize Winner Anoushka Sood
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Informative and easy
Versus History is a podcast I didn’t know I needed in my life. Patrick and the team have done a fantastic job of making complex topics easily digestible and fascinating, keeping the audience engaged and wanting more. @historychappy asks all the right questions to pique one’s interest, resulting in a teaching experience that actually leads to knowledge retention. Highly recommended!
Fascinating & varied histories
Love these - always something new and fresh. A great way of exploring the diversity of history.
A great speaker.
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