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2 What Did You Do in the War, Mummy? by Mavis Nicholson, Chatto £16.99 Nicholson brings her TV interviewing skills to bear on this collection of stirring memoirs. From Forces' Favourite Anne Shelton to resistance heroine Odette Hallowes, Nicholson's wonderfully jaunty and passionate interviewees include munitions workers, land girls, housewives, charity workers and Alicia Markova's sister Doris Barry, singing and dancing her way through the war at the Windmill theatre.

2 Weekend in Munich: Art, Propaganda and Terror in the Third Reich by Robert S Wistrich, Pavilion £19.99 Stills from an amateur film-maker of a spectacular art rally with floats, costumes and parades form the centrepiece of this investigation into the seduction of the German people through cleverly manipulated imagery. The ineffable naffness and kitsch of Nazi art ("gift-wrapped National Socialism") were, the author demonstrates, part of the secret of its mass appeal.

2 A Time to Fight Back by Jayne Pettit, Macmillan £3.50 True stories of children who defied the Nazis have been collected in this thoughtful book for young readers. 15-year-old Elie Wiesel fought back passively by his refusal to give up hope, after seeing his father, mother and sister die in Auschwitz; Peter Brouet carried on a family tradition started in WWI of distributing a resistance paper, La Libre Belgique; and most inspiring of all, deaf and dumb Pierre Labiche used his special sign language to pass on resistance messages under the noses of the Gestapo in Normandy.

2 Denying the Holocaust by Deborah Lipstadt, Penguin £8.99 A sombre look at those particularly charmless modern-day flat-earthers, "extremist antisemites who have increasingly managed, under the guise of scholarship, to camouflage their hateful ideology". Books with such tasteless titles as The Six Million Swindle make the Holocaust sound like a game show.

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