Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler

Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler

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by Hans Bernd Gisevius
     
 

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When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside Hitler’s headquarters by Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg— exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d’état against the Third Reich collapsed. The conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. One of the few survivors of the…  See more details below

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When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside Hitler’s headquarters by Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg— exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d’état against the Third Reich collapsed. The conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. One of the few survivors of the conspiracy was Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had used his positions in the Gestapo and the Abwehr (military intelligence) to further the anti-Nazi plot. Valkyrie, an abridgment of Gisevius’s classic insider’s account To the Bitter End, is an intimate memoir as riveting as it is exceptional.

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ISBN-13:
9780306817717
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
Abridged Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,112,086
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Hans Bernd Gisevius (1904–1974) was one of the most active conspirators in the July 20, 1944, plot to kill Hitler, and later a prosecution witness at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.

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Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
The-Analyst More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book for those of you who would like to see the attempt to remove Hitler from the inside. Having worked in the Abwehr the author can show you something no other author can as he became involved with Admiral Canaris, the head of the German intelligence arm and a conspirator against Hitler as early as 1938. The novel The Commodore by John Lowe, which I recently read as well, can be an enjoyable primer for this in-depth book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Valkyrie: the Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler, was a very informative and well written memoir by Hans Gisevius.  Hans covers every aspect of his experience in the top secret and very dangerous operation to assassinate one of the world’s most powerful, influential, and horrible people.  A memoir full of espionage and sabotage, lies and broken ties, this book will keep you wanting to keep on reading.  Each character had his own story, developed by the memory of Hans.  A superb amount of detail was put into the people involved.  Themes were lacking, however.  The closest thing to a common theme throughout the book has to be something along the lines of “Killing a hard to kill man is hard”.  Overall a very enjoyable memoir to read, on the Dimitri Scale of Excellence, this book receives a 6.723/10.
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DuctorCE More than 1 year ago
This is a work of history, biography and fiction combined; no mean achievement in such a small volume. It is a history of Germany prior to, and during the Second World War. It is a biography of the Von Boeselager family, and it is fiction in its selection of facts. Ostensibly, this is the story of the attempt by army officers to assassinate their Führer, Adolf Hitler, when it became apparent that his fanatical proclivities would not win the Second World War. A war, it should be remembered, started by Germany, and fought overwhelmingly by the German army, and not by the Waffen SS (10% of the army), Gestapo or any other of an extreme group conjured up by an insane dictator. As history, it introduces the reader to the world of privilege and luxury in the pre-war Germany. We get a good idea what it was like to be born into the nobility, and the trials and tribulations of hunting shooting and fishing, and the extension of that bucolic existence into the army of the 1930's. As a biography; and that is essentially, what the book is, we learn about Von Boeselager's elder brother Georg. Boeselager confers almost god-like status on this sibling, and based on this information it would be justified. When he was not riding off into the woods destroying wildlife, he was busy riding the Russian steppes destroying Russians. He was wounded, and ultimately killed by them. Boeselager himself was no shrinking violet when it came to fighting, he was wounded five times and lived to tell the tale until he was ninety. The infusion of shot and shell did nothing to prejudice his longevity, and he has been able to relate his story to Florence and Jerome Fehrenbach whose prose has been admirably translated by Steven Rendall. This work was originally published in Germany in 2008, as 'We Wanted To Kill Hitler', or something close to that in German. Someone had the great idea of bringing it to the USA to coincide with the release of Tom Cruse's movie 'Valkyrie', so they did, and changed the name. I do not know if the idea worked. I am inclined to hope that it did not, as the two stories are very different. The 60 or so years, which have passed since the occurrences referred to, have taken their toll on the author's memory. This fact is very convenient as it enables Boeselager to distance himself by omission from the unpleasant activities occasioned by the German army in their relentless blitz-krieg of Western and Eastern Europe. We are all soft and gullible these days, but it stretches credulity to its limits to suggest that these fine upstanding army officers were unaware of the atrocities meted out daily upon hundreds of thousands of people. The book refers only to the murder of five Gypsies. According to Boeselager, when the war was over, and they were thoroughly beaten, his regiment strolled back to Paderborn and amused themselves with equestrian pursuits until America put their country back together. A thorough investigation into Operation Valkyrie this book is not, but it is a good read, nonetheless. I enjoyed reading it and would read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was plodding. The author was more interested in constantly providing his role in the events and oftentimes seemed to lose focus.
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Dierckx More than 1 year ago
Because of his severe injuries received on the battlefield Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg is forced to return to Germany. There he joins the growing resistance against Hitler. Together with some high-ranking officers he prepares a coup d'état. They want to kill Hitler. A new government would take the lead of Germany and initiate a peace conference with the Allies.