The Power of Solitude: My Life in the German Resistanceby Marion Yorck von Wartenburg
“Dearly beloved Child of my Heart, we are probably standing at the end of our beautiful and rich life together. Because tomorrow the People’s Court intends to sit in judgment on me and others. I hear that we have been expelled from the army. They can take the uniform from us, but not the spirit in which we acted.”—Peter Yorck… See more details below
“Dearly beloved Child of my Heart, we are probably standing at the end of our beautiful and rich life together. Because tomorrow the People’s Court intends to sit in judgment on me and others. I hear that we have been expelled from the army. They can take the uniform from us, but not the spirit in which we acted.”—Peter Yorck von Wartenburg, in a letter to his wife.
Marion Yorck von Wartenburg was involved in the Nazi resistance group known as the Kreisau Circle, whose cofounder was her husband, Peter. The Kreisau Circle participated in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944. Peter’s cousin Claus Stauffen-berg and other members of the military resistance carried out the attempt. When they failed, hundreds of people were arrested, tried, and executed, including Peter. Marion and other members of the conspirators’ families were also arrested and spent months jailed under miserable conditions. In this memoir Marion recreates the terrifying reality of her life as the wife of a resistance fighter and at the same time conveys the depth of the bond that existed between her and her husband.
"One of the great questions about the Nazi era in Germany has always been why no organized opposition emerged until the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Hitler's life in 1944. Marion Yorck von Wartenburg's The Power of Solitude addresses this issue with remarkable clarity. . . .Von Wartenburg brings a personal perspective as she describes the arrest, trial, and execution of her husband and his friends, and her own arrest and imprisonment. . . . Her description of the years following the death of her husband and the end of the war is deeply moving. . . . This memoir . . . gives us a fascinating look at historical events from the perspective of a bravely defiant German woman. Her account supplies background information gained through her personal involvement in the resistance to Nazism and will be of special interest to any student of the period. It is also a well-told human story that will keep the reader glued to the book until its final moments."—Bloomsbury Review
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Julie M. Winter is co-director of the Foreign Language Institute in Helena, Montana, and the author of Luther Bible Research in the Context of Volkish Nationalism in the Twentieth Century. Peter Hoffmann is William Kingsford Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal. His works include Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905–1944.
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