Sönke Neitzel

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Sönke Neitzel (born June 26, 1968) is a German historian who has written extensively about the Second World War.[1]

Neitzel is Professor of History at the London School of Economics, having also held posts at the University of Mainz, University of Karlsruhe, University of Bern, and the University of Saarbrücken.[2] From September 2011, he is Chair of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. Some have criticized his historical research for cherry picking negative aspects of the German Wehrmacht out of proportion to the size of it and for lack of relevant balance and context.

He is editor of the journal German History in the 20th Century and has written several books such as Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs based on recordings of German POWs held at Trent Park.[3][4][5] Neitzel edited the book Tapping Hitler's Generals (with Harald Welzer).[3][6] [7]


  1. ^ Overy, Richard (30 August 2007). "Secret tapes of top Nazis". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Biography from Neitzel's personal website (in German)
  3. ^ a b List of Publications from Neitel's personal website (in German)
  4. ^ Guy Walters (2012-11-01). "We gunned down English women and children - it was great fun: Newly published transcripts of the private conversations of PoWs prove ordinary German soldiers were just as barbaric as the SS death squads". Mail Online. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  5. ^ Baker, David (21 September 2012). "'I liked to shoot everything - women, kids... it was kind of sport': Secret Nazi tapes reveal how ordinary German soldiers were responsible for war crimes and not just SS". Daily Mail. 
  6. ^ Thomson, Ian (January 25, 2013). "Soldaten by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer: review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45, Frontline Books, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84415-705-1