Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member

Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member


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Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member by Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach, Jerome Fehrenbach

When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, then 25-years-old, fought enthusiastically for Germany as a cavalry officer. But after discovering Nazi crimes, von Boeselager’s patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of conspirators who plotted to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. In this elegant but unflinching memoir, von Boeselager gives voice to the spirit of the small but determined band of men who took a stand against the Third Reich in what culminating in the failed “Valkyrie” plot—one of the most fascinating near misses of twentieth-century history.

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ISBN-13: 9780307454973
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1917, the fifth of nine children. He was raised with a liberal education, strong moral and religious values, and a love of hunting. In 1938, he enlisted and was placed in the cavalry regiment. He rose to the rank of commanding lieutenant, only to join the German resistance in 1941. His participation in Valkyrie went undetected, and he lived to be the last surviving member of the plot. In 2003, France awarded von Boeselager the Legion of Honor. He died on May 1, 2008.

Florence Fehrenbach is the granddaughter of Karl von Wendt, a coconspirator and close friend of Philipp von Boeselager. She and her husband, Jérôme Fehrenbach, convinced Boeselager, at the age of eighty-nine, to recount his experience.

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kaluabeach More than 1 year ago
Being a college student majoring in Equine Studies ,and someone who has always been very interested in learning about the World War II era I found this book very fascinating. It really showed a different side to what we know Nazi Germany was like, and revealed the unique comradeship between men in the German calvary. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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DvSS More than 1 year ago
Incredible story and incredible man. I had the honor of meeting him years ago; he emanated a dignified strength and humility but I had no idea how much he went through in the war. Though the title is a bit misleading (he would have cringed to know it was re-named Valkyre in the English translation) this personal history is truly inspiring... The last of the old school hero's. When I finished the book on a flight back to the US I sat stunned for at least an hour in deep thought and admiration. Then flipped to page 1 and began again... This does not happen often. Highly recommended! DvS
Immigrant More than 1 year ago
The description of Freiherr von Boeselager is interesting information, yet it is a little to drawn out in areas not directly related to the subject of the assassination on Hitler. Very little is mentioned of von Stauffenberg, who actually carried to explosives to the meeting with Hitler. The book is more of a biography for von Boeselager than a description of the assassination attempt.
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BeardedDerek More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for any history nerd or to someone just wanting an interesting read.Very thought provoking to the point of almost feeling bad for German troops.It shows that there was a difference to the German troops from there Nazi Allys.Pick it up, its a quick read.