Plotting Hitler's Death

Plotting Hitler's Death

The Story of the German Resistance

Book - 1996
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"On July 20, 1944, as World War II reached its climax, a group of German anti-Nazi conspirators, led by a dashing, highly decorated young count, Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, detonated a powerful bomb at the East Prussia military headquarters of Adolf Hitler. Although the bomb miraculously 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 and compelling new book, Joachim Fest, the acclaimed biographer of Adolf Hitler, recounts in vivid detail the events leading up to July 20, the tense and confused moments before the explosion, and the terrifying roundup and executions that followed. Fest recounts the heroic (and 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 Hitler's private plane and to kill the Fuhrer at the opening of a museum exhibition. Cataloged here are no fewer than fifteen separate assassination attempts during Hitler's reign, attempts that on several occasions came within minutes - or inches - of succeeding, but tragically always failed: in some instances because of bad timing or poor planning; in others, because of the omnipresent scrutiny of the Gestapo or Hitler's own unerring instinct for danger." "In the end, however, Joachim Fest's singular accomplishment is to portray the human side of the German resistance - the conviction and resolve that gave them the courage to defy almost impossible odds, and the fatal indecisiveness that caused them to fail time and again. Plotting Hitler's Death will stands as one of the definitive accounts of a tortured and misunderstood era."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books., c1996
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780805042139
Characteristics: ix, 419 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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