This is a very occasional listing, depending on the blush-o-meter.
Novelist (and more) Martin Amis has gone beyond niceties in the acknowledgments in his latest book, The Zone of Interest. May I quote? “For the tics and rhythms of German speech my principal guide was Alison Owings and her Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich. Time and again Owings probes, coaxes, humours and inveigles her way into cosy intimacy with a wide range of housewives, heroines, diehards, dissenters, ex-prisoners, ex-guards. Her subjects are historically anonymous except for one; and the centrepiece of this amusing, frightening, and consistently illuminating book is a long interview, in Vermont, with Freya von Moltke, close to half a century after the execution of her husband.”
Amis then goes on to quote several paragraphs from that chapter. Mensch! I do take exception to “inveigles,” though.
I thank Liz Rossner for initially telling me about the Amis praise.
Thanks to my reads-everything-about-World-War-II-friend Tony Dingman, I learned that the new (2014) novel, Motherland, by Maria Hummel, includes in her acknowledgments five books that helped her. They end with (note the flattering adjective!) “Alison Owings’s landmark oral history, Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich.” Tony gave me Hummel’s novel, so now I shall read it, mit grosser Interesse.
In an interview with “The New York Times,” Wendy Lower, author of the new book Hitler’s Furies : German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields — quoted Frauen as one of four books in English that especially informed her research.
Thanks to Kimberly Burns for tweeting it to my attention.
@kimberlyburnspr Oct 14 Ordinary Women: Wendy Lower Talks About ‘Hitler’s Furies’, via @nytimes w/shout out for @alisonowings http://nyti.ms/17pUCHK
And in Hitler’s Furies itself, Lowry cites Frauen in her notes.