By Friedrich Reck, Paul Rubens, Richard J. Evans
Friedrich Reck might sound an not going insurgent opposed to Nazism. not only a conservative yet a rock-ribbed reactionary, he performed the a part of a landed gentleman, deplored democracy, and rejected the fashionable global outright. To Reck the Nazis have been ruthless revolutionaries in Gothic drag, and helpless as he was once to counter the spell that they had solid at the German humans, he felt forced to checklist the corruptions in their rule. the result's much less a diary than a chain of stark and amazing snapshots of lifestyles in Germany among 1936 and 1944. We see the Nazis on the height of energy, and the murderous panic with which they reply to forthcoming defeat; their travesty of conventional folkways within the identify of the Volk; and the author’s personal ignored chance to shoot Hitler. This riveting e-book isn't just, as Hannah Arendt proclaimed it, “one of crucial records of the Hitler interval” yet a relocating testomony of an honest guy suffering to do the fitting factor in a wicked global.
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Another story is that he drank too much in a Paris café, and was overheard talking about a connection between Tukhachevsky and the others now involved in the Moscow trials and Himmler, and that this led to the uncovering of the whole plot. In any case, Hanfstaengl, with whom I dined at the Regina in Munich only a few weeks ago, and whom I consider a man of courtesy and breeding, is now in England. Since he knows the answer to the mystery that surrounds, or is supposed to surround, the burning of the Reichstag, Berlin fears the worst.
Röhm died bravely, as a soldier should, after registering a complaint about the quality of the coffee served in prison. The version disseminated by Goebbels and his underlings, that he hid under the bed, is one more lie, the kind of vicious, cowardly slander of a man no longer alive to answer it, in which they specialise. It will come back on their own heads some day, all of it. Then, there is the case of Willi Schmid, the music critic for a Munich newspaper, who was killed in the Putsch through oversight—you might say, unfortunate confusion of identity.
This Esser had an affair with the daughter of the owner of a tavern, and was so badly beaten by the father that he could neither go out nor, compromised as he was, remain in Munich. In accordance with the style of this regime, which has simply discarded decency as so much excess baggage, he was promoted shortly thereafter to a much higher post in Berlin. From there, he has just announced that travelling abroad by an individual has now become a thing of the past, and that henceforth a German can leave his country only as part of a herd, the ‘Strength Through Joy’ organisation.