The recent (so far unsuccessful) effort of Prince Georg Friedrich von Preußen, the titular head of the Hohenzollern family, to recover vast estates, castles, palaces, and works of art confiscated after World War II due to his family’s support for the National Socialist regime makes this book by the distinguished German historian Stephan Malinowski particularly relevant. The book adds abundant material to the case against the prince, not to mention against the longer-standing defense of the German aristocracy. Nazis and Nobles represents a comprehensive survey of a large subject. Although it is very long and probably too detailed for many readers, its historiographical importance can hardly be exaggerated.

Professor Malinowski begins with a broad survey of the values of the German aristocracy itself,...


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