Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals

Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals

by James Longo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635764765
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 151,704
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James Longo is Professor of Education and Education Department Chair at Washington & Jefferson College. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Distinguished Chair of the Gender and Women’s Study Program at Alpen-Adrian University in Austria, and has lectured throughout Europe and America. His 2008 book, Isabel Orleans-Braganza: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves was nominated for the Yale University Gilda Lehman Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the “most outstanding non-fiction book in English on the subject of slavery and abolition.” He lives in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Hitler at the Hotel Imperial, 1938 1

Chapter 2 The Artist, the Archduke, and the Emperor 11

Chapter 3 Can This Be a Jew? 19

Chapter 4 The Lion and the Lamb 31

Chapter 5 The Granite Foundation 43

Chapter 6 The Spy, the Draft Dodger, and the Peacemaker 54

Chapter 7 Fate 64

Chapter 8 Inscrutable Destiny 75

Chapter 9 A Kind of Dull Cataleptic State 88

Chapter 10 Exiles 102

Chapter 11 The Most Golden Tongued of Demagogues 112

Chapter 12 Impending Horrors 123

Chapter 13 One Blood Demands One Reich 133

Chapter 14 Witches Sabbath 144

Chapter 15 Duel 155

Chapter 16 Bargain with the Devil 168

Chapter 17 The Eleventh Commandment 179

Chapter 18 Apocalypse 188

Chapter 19 The Whole Country Was As If Under a Spell 196

Chapter 20 Phantoms and Patriots 207

Chapter 21 Answered and Unanswered Prayers 218

Chapter 22 The Good Fight 228

Chapter 23 The Destiny of One Family 235

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Bibliography 287

Index 303

About the Author 315

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LilacDreams 3 months ago
Archduke Franz Ferdinand married a Czech woman, and shared the Habsburg commitment to peace. Hitler despised him for those facts. He saw Franz as wanting to marginalize and destroy German Austria. Franz Ferdinand and Sophie’s sons, Maximilian and Ernst, didn’t hesitate in speaking out against the rising Nazis. For that, they earned Hitler’s hatred. They were the first Austrians imprisoned in concentration camps. First at Dachau and later Flossenburg, they were assigned latrine duty. At Flossenburg, they were provided no tools or carts. They had to clean the overflowing toilets with their bare hands. The Habsburg empire was multi-national. Central Europe has known little but disasters since the empire collapsed. The rise of nationalism would have been a problem for Franz had he become emperor, but the world may have been a safer place had he lived. The author wrote this book wondering what became of Franz and Sophie’s orphans. He provides a look at an admirable family that has suffered much, but retained their faith.
Anonymous 3 months ago
"Hitler and the Habsburgs" looks back at the Habsburg Empire and how Hitler’s vision of a pure Aryan nation mandated that it be destroyed. The book starts prior to World War I when Hitler was a poor young man living in Vienna, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the future successor to Emperor Franz Joseph, was attempting to ensure peace for Austria through policies of multicultural tolerance and equality. Hitler’s venom and hatred ran totally contrary to such policies and accordingly he was obsessed with destroying the Habsburgs. The book shows how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand set events in motion that not only led to World War I but ultimately to Hitler's rise to power, World War II, the takeover of Austria by Germany and the eventual demise of the Habsburg Empire. Longo’s book shows the resilience of the family members in surviving Hitler’s invasion and takeover of Austria. While they lost their wealth, their position in society, some were imprisoned in concentration camps, others conscripted to fight a war they abhorred, they never lost their courage, dignity or grace. The book was an absolutely fascinating and enlightening look at history. I thoroughly recommend it! I was privileged to receive a copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher Diversion Books in exchange for an honest review.