Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany, and World War II

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  • Title: Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany, and World War II
  • Author: Stanley G. Payne
  • ISBN: 9780300122824
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Was Franco sympathetic to Nazi Germany Why didn t Spain enter World War II In what ways did Spain collaborate with the Third Reich How much did Spain assist Jewish refugees This is the first book in any language to answer these intriguing questions Stanley Payne, a leading historian of modern Spain, explores the full range of Franco s relationship with Hitler, from 19Was Franco sympathetic to Nazi Germany Why didn t Spain enter World War II In what ways did Spain collaborate with the Third Reich How much did Spain assist Jewish refugees This is the first book in any language to answer these intriguing questions Stanley Payne, a leading historian of modern Spain, explores the full range of Franco s relationship with Hitler, from 1936 to the fall of the Reich in 1945 But as Payne brilliantly shows, relations between these two dictators were not only a matter of realpolitik These two titanic egos engaged in an extraordinary tragicomic drama often verging on the dark absurdity of a Beckett or Ionesco play Whereas Payne investigates the evolving relationship of the two regimes up to the conclusion of World War II, his principal concern is the enigma of Spain s unique position during the war, as a semi fascist country struggling to maintain a tortured neutrality Why Spain did not enter the war as a German ally, joining with Hitler to seize Gibraltar and close the Mediterranean to the British navy, is at the center of Payne s narrative Franco s only personal meeting with Hitler, in 1940 to discuss precisely this, is recounted here in groundbreaking detail that also sheds significant new light on the Spanish government s vacillating policy toward Jewish refugees, on the Holocaust, and on Spain s German connection throughout the duration of the war.

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    1. Franco and Hitler by Stanley Payne follows the rise of Francisco Franco and his fate as it was linked to the pro-Nazi policy pursued by non-belligerent Spain during World War II. The book stays at a high level focusing on the military, diplomatic and political implications for Spain during World War II. The economic consequence of tying to Nazi Germany is also covered. The Spanish policy vis a vis Jews is covered both in the history of Judaism in Spain and then how they sheltered Jews or at leas [...]

    2. Un interesante estudio entre las relaciones de ambos dictadores tras la guerra civil española y durante la II Guerra Mundial. Sus ambiciones y planes individuales dejaron a España fuera de la guerra.

    3. Five stars for scholarship, clarity, and excellent notes. But final evaluation for my purposes is four stars, as there's more here than I really cared about. A very worthwhile book, and similarly to Payne's history of the Spanish Civil War that I read and reviewed in 2013, this volume contains much information that debunks commonly held ideas about the depth of Franco's fascism (he wasn't) and about the significance of the civil war in shaping WW Two (there wasn't much). Two chapters deal with S [...]

    4. Few know how close Hitler came to invading Spain, or how cunning Franco was in playing as an ally who would eventually take control of the strategic Gibraltar. The Hitler/Franco meeting at Hendaye was especially important and this book gives background for it all.

    5. Thorough without getting bogged down in minutiae, this book answered all my questions about Franco's role in WW2. Even though it's written by an academic historian, it is very readable for lay audiences.It reveals a portrait of a man who was adept at playing all sides off against each other.

    6. A book only a history geek would like - guilty. The only book I've seen that penetrates the Franco/Hitler dynamic.

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