THE CURTAIN FALLS by Count Folke Bernadotte


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A view of Nazi Germany in the last few months of its death throes through the eyes of the Swedish Count Bernadotte. Here is a personal record of his meetings with Himmler, Schellenberg and other high Nazi officials -- descriptions of these men making last desperate attempts to vindicate their savagery -- glimpses of the horror and stench of prison camps. Bernadotte deals with events which led up to Himmler's abortive attempt to go over the head of Hitler and surrender to the Western Allies only. Despite Eisenhower's demand for unconditional surrender and his own country's neutrality, Bernadotte's concern seems largely with the fate of his country and the immediate status of Scandinavian prisoners of war in the peace terms proposed by Himmler than in bringing about the V-E day for which the world was waiting. Here's a humanitarian self revealed as petty and personal, an anomaly in dealing in international politics.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1945
Publisher: Knopf