Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule

Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule

An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi ruleNazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets to Allied spies. Some forged passports to help Jews escape the Reich. For others, r...

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Title:Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule
Author:Gordon Thomas
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  • Cj Zawacki

    " Doesn't every human being, no matter which era he lives in, always have to reckon with being accountable to God at any moment?" Sophie Scholl

    Sophie Scholl has almost two hundred schools named in her honor across Germany. She was a member oh the White Rose, a group of resistors who fought bravely against Hitler and the Nazi Party.Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis non-fiction book tells of several of groups of Germans that defied Nazi Rule. Very well documented, one learns of the those heros and her

    " Doesn't every human being, no matter which era he lives in, always have to reckon with being accountable to God at any moment?" Sophie Scholl

    Sophie Scholl has almost two hundred schools named in her honor across Germany. She was a member oh the White Rose, a group of resistors who fought bravely against Hitler and the Nazi Party.Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis non-fiction book tells of several of groups of Germans that defied Nazi Rule. Very well documented, one learns of the those heros and herions that passed information to Allied Forces, saved Jews By forging passports, and lead a military coup. Some who had even given their lives to try to end evil.

    The stories cover the Us Ambassador, William Dodd and family, the Baum Group, The White Rose Students, those who acted alone, and those of the German Military who hunted them.

  • Kristi Richardson

    “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.” Sophie Scholl

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I had already heard about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Valkyrie assassination attempt on Hitler, but the majority of these resistors were unknown to me. In many ways, it changes my feelings on Germany and WWII, but it also points out that once someone like Hitler comes into power, it is v

    “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.” Sophie Scholl

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I had already heard about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Valkyrie assassination attempt on Hitler, but the majority of these resistors were unknown to me. In many ways, it changes my feelings on Germany and WWII, but it also points out that once someone like Hitler comes into power, it is very hard to turn the tide. In other words, if you don’t stop it from happening it will be very hard to keep it from getting worse.

    There are many unsung heroes in this large book (over 500 pages). The ones that really stood out to me where the young people who put their lives on the line for a purpose. They formed a group called the White Rose. Ultimately the majority gave their lives in their fight against fascism.

    The other person who was fascinating to read about was Kurt Gerstein. Was he a hero for letting people know what was going on in the SS, or was he just as bad because he didn’t try and stop it? It would make a good discussion.

    I learned a great deal from this book and I believe the documentation in this book will help other scholars to further the work. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Lewis wrote a book that is very readable and engrossing.

    Even in the midst of evil, we can still have beauty. I highly recommend this book which is scheduled to be released in April of this year.

  • Zeb Kantrowitz

    This was a free book from NetGalley

    Defying Hitler: Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis

    Few People were brave enough to commit their lives to working against the Nazi Regime that took control of Weimar Germany in 1933. Every Party, non-Nazi voluntary organization were replaced with Nazi dominated organizations, religion was declared under the control of the Government. All manner of news, movies and radio came under the control of Dr Goebels and the Ministry of Propagan

    This was a free book from NetGalley

    Defying Hitler: Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule by Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis

    Few People were brave enough to commit their lives to working against the Nazi Regime that took control of Weimar Germany in 1933. Every Party, non-Nazi voluntary organization were replaced with Nazi dominated organizations, religion was declared under the control of the Government. All manner of news, movies and radio came under the control of Dr Goebels and the Ministry of Propaganda.

    The Police were centralized under what became known as the Gestapo. The ‘special’ security service of the Nazi Party (the SS, Schutzstaffel) which would become the militarized Waffen SS was in charge of purifying the Germans. It was the SS who decided who was or wasn’t an Aryan German, they ran the Concentration Camps (KG) and trained the Einsatzgruppen whose job was to murder the enemies of the State and those considered “sub-humans”. Lastly, there was a counterintelligence department (SD, Sicherheitzdeitz) whose remit was to ferret out any resistance to the Nazi regime.

    But, there were resistance groups, though none were as successful as those fighters in Poland and France, none was a truly organized partisan group. Those who resisted fell into two groups, the first were propagandists who secretly produced leaflets that were randomly mailed to German citizens or left in train stations and in public places. The second were military men who knew that Hitler and his henchmen were leading German down a road to annihilation and tried on many occasions to assassinated Hitler.

    Hitler had had the military swear an oath to him, and to the Prussian military this prevented any resistance because it would reflect poorly against their honor should they go against their oath. There were five major assassination attempts against Hitler. In one, a bomb was placed on his private plane, but hadn’t detonated because the fuses had frozen in the belly of the plane. In the other, occurred in 1944 with a bomb in the Wolf’s Lair in Prussia, Hitler was protected by a heavy wooden table that took the brunt of the explosion. After this it was impossible to get close enough to Hitler to attack him.

    None of the private citizens who went into resistance had military training so that the use of explosives was precluded by most groups. None of these groups would have been considered truly ‘dangerous’ to the Nazi regime. Most were made up of small student groups, usually less than fifty, whose most effective weapon was propaganda leaflets. They were only effective at annoying the SS and Himler, and did little lasting work. Sad as it may seem, no one did anything that stopped the Nazis until Berlin and the country were left totally destroyed.

    Zeb Kantrowitz zebsblog@gmail.com zworstblog@blogspot.com

  • Will Warnock

    Very well researched and well written. I was pleased to have learned some new things from this book, and will do a bit of research on my own with some of the things I learned, especially regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It's always both interesting and surprising when something new comes up about Bonhoeffer.

    The book was very disturbing, as it is so sad. So much waste of so many lives. I continue to be astonished by it -- back then, and today.

    I hope to add this book to my library as a reference bo

    Very well researched and well written. I was pleased to have learned some new things from this book, and will do a bit of research on my own with some of the things I learned, especially regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It's always both interesting and surprising when something new comes up about Bonhoeffer.

    The book was very disturbing, as it is so sad. So much waste of so many lives. I continue to be astonished by it -- back then, and today.

    I hope to add this book to my library as a reference book.

  • Carolynne

    Defying Hitler was the most dangerous path for Germans in the 1930's and 1940's yet many people of conscience did just that. This very well researched book tells us the story of The White Rose, Bonhoeffer, the Harnacks and the other courageous individuals in a more detailed and intimate manner that has been told before. Despite the horror, this is a readable book and unputdownable.

    I read an advance reading copy which I won in a Goodreads giveaway so there were a few minor typos and no pictures w

    Defying Hitler was the most dangerous path for Germans in the 1930's and 1940's yet many people of conscience did just that. This very well researched book tells us the story of The White Rose, Bonhoeffer, the Harnacks and the other courageous individuals in a more detailed and intimate manner that has been told before. Despite the horror, this is a readable book and unputdownable.

    I read an advance reading copy which I won in a Goodreads giveaway so there were a few minor typos and no pictures which did not distract from this amazing and humbling story

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