Hitler's Traitors: German Resistance to the Nazis

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Historian A.J.P. Taylor once declared that German resistance to the Nazis was a myth. It is a view that we in the Allied nations uphold almost unanimously, but it is simply not true. Unfortunately the resistance was not as effective as the resisters would have liked it to be but it existed nonetheless. Hitler's Traitors - German Resistance to the Nazis is the story of the groups and individuals that opposed Hitler and his government and tells of their heroic, but largely ineffective, efforts to rid themselves of ...
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Overview

Historian A.J.P. Taylor once declared that German resistance to the Nazis was a myth. It is a view that we in the Allied nations uphold almost unanimously, but it is simply not true. Unfortunately the resistance was not as effective as the resisters would have liked it to be but it existed nonetheless. Hitler's Traitors - German Resistance to the Nazis is the story of the groups and individuals that opposed Hitler and his government and tells of their heroic, but largely ineffective, efforts to rid themselves of the most evil regime in modern times. They came from many different backgrounds - Protestant pastors, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoeller; Catholic bishops such as Clements Galen, who was Bishop of Munster, and his cousin Konrad, Count von Preysing, Bishop of Berlin; politicians Otto Wels and Ernst Thalmann, students Hans and Sophie Scholl, their friends Christoph Probst and Alexander Schmorell and their university professor, Kurt Huber; military men such as Klaus von Stauffenberg and Admiral Wilhelm Canaris and even a member of the Waffen SS, Kurt Gerstein. Sadly by the time the Nazi regime came to an end most of those Germans who had resisted it were dead: arrested, imprisoned, tried and executed in the most barbaric manner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844150212
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction xi
Part 1 Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party 1
Chapter 1 The Birth of a Dictator 3
Chapter 2 The Rise of the Nazis 13
Chapter 3 The Road to Power 21
Chapter 4 Dictatorship 32
Chapter 5 The Death of Democracy 43
Part 2 Resistance 55
Chapter 6 Politics and Workers 57
Chapter 7 Church Opposition 73
Chapter 8 A Lone Assassin 100
Chapter 9 The Spy in the SS 108
Chapter 10 The White Rose 118
Chapter 11 Conspiracy 137
Chapter 12 Operation Valkyrie 151
Chapter 13 The Forgotten Few 167
Epilogue 175
Appendix 1 The Twenty-Five points of the German Workers' Party 181
Appendix 2 Kurt Gerstein's Evidence 185
Appendix 3 The White Rose Leaflets 189
Appendix 4 Operation Valkyrie Orders 207
Bibliography 219
Index 221
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