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To the Bitter End: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler, 1933-1944
     

To the Bitter End: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler, 1933-1944

by Hans Bernd Gisevius, Peter Hoffmann, Allen Welsh Dulles
 

When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside the Wolf's Lair (Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia) by the German Anti-Nazi Resistance—exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d'état against the Third Reich collapsed. Most of the conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. The

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When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside the Wolf's Lair (Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia) by the German Anti-Nazi Resistance—exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d'état against the Third Reich collapsed. Most of the conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. The conspiracy involved a wide circle of former politicians, diplomats, and government officials as well as senior military men. The Resistance had started as early as 1933 and involved several planned putsches and assassination attempts. Hans B. Gisevius knew or met the major figures—including Beck, Canaris, Oster, Goerdeler, and von Stauffenberg—and barely escaped after the coup's failure. One of the few survivors of the German Anti-Nazi Resistance, Gisevius traces its history, from the 1933 Reichstag fire to Germany's defeat in 1945, in a book as riveting as it is exceptional.

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New Yorker
The most exhaustive and authentic-sounding account of the conspiracy to kill Hitler.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808692
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
668
Sales rank:
432,747
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)

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One of the earliest and most active plotters, and later a prosecution witness at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Hans B. Gisevius (1904–1974) used his positions in the Gestapo and the Abwehr (military intelligence) to further the anti-Nazi conspiracy.

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