Why Did Hitler Hate the Jews written by Peter Van Hertog published by Frontline Books – £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 191.

This book looks at the various theories and ideas as to Why Hitler Hated the Jews, the book is divided into ten chapters and speaks to a number of historians and psychologists and looks at the numerous theories and reasons as to why Hitler would have such a hatred towards the Jewish population. This is quite an academically and well written book, some of the motives and suggestions put forward include genetics, Hitler’s youth experiences, family background and more.

Whilst the book doesn’t come up with any definite conclusion, which would be impossible as he is no longer exists, the book does come up with some credible possibilities that are hard to deny that they didn’t have some sort of play in the cause. This book is an excellent book and very much reminded me of being back at university where most things are about looking at the causes of events. I do think it could have been a bit longer but all the main viewpoints are put across well and doesn’t really detract from the book. The notes and bibliography at the back of the book are excellent and will provide opportunity for further reading. A really god read and I would happily give it a 5 star rating.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.