Munich Playground: The Myth of the Nazi Superman [NOOK Book]

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Dateline 1941: Hitler's forces have smashed into western Europe, defeated France, threatened England, and attacked Russia. Many people think of them as "an awe-inspiring group of ascetic, fanatic, and inhuman supermen."

Ernest R. Pope knew all too well how illusory this idea was. As senior correspondent for Reuters in Munich from 1936-1941, American Ernest Pope saw the cruel and outrageous behavior of Nazis in their native habitat. In Munich ...
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Munich Playground: The Myth of the Nazi Superman

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Overview

Dateline 1941: Hitler's forces have smashed into western Europe, defeated France, threatened England, and attacked Russia. Many people think of them as "an awe-inspiring group of ascetic, fanatic, and inhuman supermen."

Ernest R. Pope knew all too well how illusory this idea was. As senior correspondent for Reuters in Munich from 1936-1941, American Ernest Pope saw the cruel and outrageous behavior of Nazis in their native habitat. In Munich they ran wild, let their hair down, and indulged in every fantasy money and power could avail them. Pope has all the gossip...and the confirmed stories.

"I have seen the leading actors in the Nazi tragedy, playing their parts on the Bavarian stage. Long before the climax—the outbreak of the war—I knew what the denouement in Hitler's theater would be."

Pope knew, saw, and/or interviewed all the top Nazis and dozens of lower-level officials, including some of Hitler's security. He saw the Nazis for what they were: a corrupt, debauched, all-too-human menace.

Once back in the U.S., Pope let loose his frustration and ire at what he'd seen—but couldn't write about when he was reporting from Germany. With great humor and fast-paced prose, he writes of encounters with Hitler, Hess, Streicher, and many more.

He was in Munich during the fated compromise with Chamberlain. He reported on the Nazi invasions of Austria and Czechoslovakia.

He reported on Hitler's obsession with Dorothy van Bruck's "blitz-tease" and he knew Hitler's English girlfriend, Unity Mitford.

Pope turns his savage wit and erudition on his former hosts. Fluent in Bavarian German dialect, Pope made many friends in Munich with citizens and officials alike. He heard jokes from Munichers that could get them thrown in a concentration camp and he poked fun at Nazis whenever he dared.

On the Austrian border during Hitler's invasion of that country:

Guard: “Heil Hitler! What are you doing here?”

Pope: “Just enjoying the scenery.”

Guard: “Why did you come to Kiefersfelden today?”

Pope: “Well, I'll tell you. It's like this. I'm an American student, and I came to Munich when I read the fascinating travel prospectuses which invited me to ‘Visit the beautiful Alps.’ My friend and I have already seen the Alps at Garmisch, so we thought we might look at them today around Kufstein. They really are pretty, in spite of all the uniforms we didn't expect to find here. But I do think it is odd of you to ask me why I am here. For if I were walking in Central Park in New York, I would not expect a policeman to ask me why I wasn't feeding the pigeons in front of the Public Library.”

You won't find another account like this of the Nazis in their favorite playground.

Pope turns serious in the final chapters. As he left Germany, he knew he was saying goodbye to friends he would never see again.

For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - William Shirer
"Ernie Pope was the only American correspondent in the Bavarian capital...there the Nazi lords led by Hitler relaxed...and frolicked. Mr. Pope at no little risk to himself watched them...seeing a side of Naziism that his colleagues in Berlin knew little of."
William L. Shirer
Author of Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Books of the Times - Charles Poore
"The most astonishing new book about the grisly world of the Nazis is Munich Playground by Ernest R. Pope, a bouillabaisse of strange tales and straight reporting, halfway between the classic foreign correspondent's memoirs and one of the heartier merry-go-round volumes of today. Pope...the only American correspondent there, worked for several British and almost every leading American paper at one time or another between 1936 and 1940, and became something of an institution."
NY Herald Tribune - Joseph Barnes
"In Berlin the year before the war, the strange German grapevine which even then carried about all the news there was brought stories of a tall American in Munich named 'Herr Popeye.' He was said to drink with important Nazis, to tell underground jokes to Gestapo agents, to know the inside story of political corruption in Hitler's home town as a police reporter knows the rackets in a small American city. On investigation, 'Popeye' turned out to be Ernest Pope; the legend turned out to be true."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016178509
  • Publisher: BIG BYTE BOOKS
  • Publication date: 11/24/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 492,992
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ernest R. Pope was the American correspondent for Reuters in Munich from 1936-1941. This was his only book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    history from the 1st person experience

    The book traces an American journalist experience in Munich during the rise of the Third Reich using facts and humor.

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    Posted October 2, 2013

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