GERMANS AGAINST HITLER by Terence Prittie

GERMANS AGAINST HITLER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

heroic defiance and organized opposition of the various European Resistance movements during World War II have received their share of public due, but not much has been said about opposition to Hitler within Germany itself. Was there a German Resistance? An expert British commentator on Germany answers ""Yes."" In this study he shows that tangible political failure does not cancel the aims and actions of those individuals who did resist -- not only Hitler-- but also the mass confirmism that revolved with each of the Fuhrer's dicta. True that from 1934 to 1944, no visible revolt threatened Nazi power, and true that the culmination of tive resistance in the bomb plot of 20 July, 1944, failed as utterly as previous attempts on Hitler's life -- and yet the mere fact that there were Germans who believed in a new morality and worked for a ""sure future"" gives the Resistance its positive effects. From the military activists (von Stauffenberg) to the more or less passive opposition of the ""White Rose"" students in Munich (less), the Socialists, Catholics, Protestants and even Communists (more) -- the author deals with individuals, their motives, failures, and success. With admirable objectivity, he does not pretend to absolve guilt, or resolve the Nazi problematical future. A well-informed document from the brighter underside of the Third Reich.

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 1964
Publisher: attle, Brown