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Staatstreich: der lange Weg zum 20. Juli Joachim Fest

Staatstreich: der lange Weg zum 20. Juli

Joachim Fest

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ISBN : 9783886805396
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415 pages
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On 7/20/44, with WWII reaching climax, a group of German anti-Nazi conspirators, led by a dashing, highly decorated young count, Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, detonated a bomb at the E. Prussia military headquarters of Hitler. Altho the bomb failedMoreOn 7/20/44, with WWII reaching climax, a group of German anti-Nazi conspirators, led by a dashing, highly decorated young count, Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, detonated a bomb at the E. Prussia military headquarters of Hitler. Altho the bomb failed to maim or kill Hitler, the explosion dramatically announced to the world the existence of a secret, indigenous opposition to the Nazi regime. In this definitive new book, Joachim Fest, an acclaimed biographer of Adolf Hitler, details the events leading up to 7/20, the tense, confused moments before the explosion, & the roundup & executions that followed. Fest recounts the heroic & unsuccessful efforts of senior military officials to persuade the Allies to help them oust the Nazis. He recreates the ill-fated schemes to blow up Hitlers private plane & to kill the Fuhrer at the opening of a museum exhibition. Cataloged here are no fewer than 15 separate assassination attempts during Hitlers reign, attempts that on several occasions came within minutes-or inches-of succeeding, but always failed: in some instances because of bad timing or poor planning- in others, because of the omnipresent scrutiny of the Gestapo or Hitlers own instinct for danger. In the end, however, Fests singular accomplishment is to portray the human side of the German resistance-the conviction & resolve that gave them the courage to defy almost impossible odds, & the fatal indecisiveness that caused them to fail time & again. Plotting Hitlers Death will stands as one of the definitive accounts of a tortured, misunderstood era.PrefaceThe resistance that never wasThe army succumbsThe September plotFrom Munich to ZossenThe new generationThe army groupsStauffenbergThe eleventh hourJuly 20, 1944Persecution & judgmentThe wages of failureNotesNote on the TextsChronologyShort BiographiesIndex