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.

  • Corin

    This is an excellent book. It's hard to put down, even when you know how it turns out (spoiler: almost everyone is murdered). A tremendous amount of research obviously went into the writing. I've been reading and teaching about WWII for years and this is the first time I have come across such a complete, well organized source about the *internal* German resistance. The connections are explained, the roles of each individual spelled out, and the interpersonal dynamics are clear. I highly recommen

    This is an excellent book. It's hard to put down, even when you know how it turns out (spoiler: almost everyone is murdered). A tremendous amount of research obviously went into the writing. I've been reading and teaching about WWII for years and this is the first time I have come across such a complete, well organized source about the *internal* German resistance. The connections are explained, the roles of each individual spelled out, and the interpersonal dynamics are clear. I highly recommend it.

  • Carolyn

    I recommend this book highly. If you want to see the model for Donald Trump's administration, read about how the Nazis took over everything. The brave people who risked their lives to report the truth are the heroes of this book. And they came from all walks of life, from students to members of the Abwehr. The book refutes the despicable judgement of the book "Hitler's Willing Executioners".

  • Beata

    I finished this book some time ago, but I was unable to decide what to include into my feedback. There is so much in it, so much information that I would not like to leave unmentioned. This is not the first book I have read on the German resistance against Hitler, but I admit this one is well-written and perfectly researched. The Authors’ focus is not just on the military and not only on the actual war; they do describe in detail some of the assassinations on Hitler, but I believe their main tar

    I finished this book some time ago, but I was unable to decide what to include into my feedback. There is so much in it, so much information that I would not like to leave unmentioned. This is not the first book I have read on the German resistance against Hitler, but I admit this one is well-written and perfectly researched. The Authors’ focus is not just on the military and not only on the actual war; they do describe in detail some of the assassinations on Hitler, but I believe their main target is civic resistance and the highest price paid for it. And the resistance that in most cases described started well before the break-out of WW2 and the Stalingrad defeat. I learnt a lot, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to read more on the topic.

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