Raimund Pretzel (27 December – 2 January ), better known by his pseudonym The manuscript of Defying Hitler, discovered posthumously by his son, Oliver Pretzel, is a memoir of the Nazis’ rise to power, as witnessed by Haffner. In Sebastian Haffner fled from Germany to England with his Jewish wife (“the story of a German”), translated into English now as Defying Hitler. “Defying Hitler” by Sebastian Haffner. A newly discovered memoir by a German classified as “Aryan” describes the insidious early spread of.

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I would have loved to have met him. Written in and unpublished untilSebastian Haffner’s memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. Want to Read saving….

This book is rather frightening in that it shows how easily it happened without or This book is an account of what went on in Germany from the end of WWI to right before the start of WWII. May 18, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. Anmerkungen zu Hitler, a short biography and analysis of Hitler. The only comparison I can come up with for what follows, Haffner’s account of the ’30s, is to Don Siegel’s version the first of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Instead everyone could settle down and all be mates together, so long, naturally, as they conformed – and you wouldn’t want to let your mates, your chums, your pals down would you?

It is a brilliantly written first hand account of life for a pretty average boy growing up in Berlin in the early s. The manuscript of Defying Hitlerdiscovered posthumously by his son, Oliver Pretzel, [3] is a memoir of the Nazis’ rise to power, as witnessed by Haffner before he went into exile.

“Defying Hitler” by Sebastian Haffner |

Written inbut not publis A fascinating book written about the period of time between and in Germany, and more specifically, what it was a defyiny for a typical German during Hitler’s rise to power, and how it was possible for an entire country to essentially sit by and let it happen.


The message and hhitler warning is very clear, the only An extraordinary account of the rise of Nazism by an ordinary German that goes a long way to answering the questions “Why did it happen? The menace of monotony hangs, as it has always hung, over the great plains of northern and eastern Germany, with their colorless towns and their all too industrious, efficient, and conscientious business and organizations.

Gradually, the exceptions were accepted as normal, and citizens got used to a completely new kind of language, and law enforcement. This, then, is the chapter that none of the film versions of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” have given us: We can give up, like his father, or we can speak up, ddefying himself.

They stopped fighting it as it fell apart step by step, and each step could somehow be justified, in a flawed way, of course, but as a single event not worth the cost of resistance.

It’s a wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone that is the bit interested in that period. To ask other readers questions about Defying Hitlerplease sign up.

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Defying Hitler

He adopted the pseudonym Sebastian Haffner so that his family back in Germany would not be endangered by his writing. Haffner divides his memoir into two parts. Written in approximatelywas published after he died https: Oct 20, Bobbie rated it it was amazing. Covering tohis eyewitness account provides a portrait of a country in constant flux: Surprisingly, the answer is yes. And, of course, this same process occurred throughout the entire Germany economy—the private was no longer allowed to be private, and individuals were persecuted for their politically incorrect views.

Written inbut not published untilafter the author’s death, it is an eye opening book that helps glimpse a little into the the question of “Why? It is brilliantly written.

Perhaps it was just because we were all so certain that they could not do so—and relied on that with far too much confidence.


We anonymous others seem at best to be the objects of history Haffned for Searchlight Books. Friends after-all stick together, at any road at least until the time comes to commit suicide in your bunker.

Defying Hitler: A Memoir (Sebastian Haffner) – book review

I had to stand on tiptoe and strain my neck to decipher it. Spellbinding account of growing up in Germany in the s, written in by a young German dismayed but attempting to understand why the Nazi’s came nitler power, and how many Ordinary Germans were bullied into going along with the regime to maintain their livelihood.

This does not mean that American gas chambers are around the corner. He was not a hero despite the ridiculous, probably sales-oriented English translation of the story with the title “Defying Hitler”just an educated, decent man who saw what went wrong and decided not to be indifferent. View all 41 comments. Haffner takes it for granted that Germans knew about the brutality of Nazi rule — brutality that, logically, would only increase as the state consolidated its power — and that they lacked the will to resist it.

Feb 10, Ameera rated it liked it Shelves: Sebastian Haffner was born in Berlin inand died in And his description of the way the Nazis invaded people’s daily lives shines. Oliver PretzelSebastian Haffner’s son, is the translator of this work. That still leaves the question why no individuals ever spontaneously opposed some particular injustice or iniquity they experienced, even if they did not act against the whole.

Questo era appunto il segreto del successo del nazionalsocialismo, il suo appellarsi a qualcosa che era insito profondamente nella natura di tutti i tedeschi.