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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An excellent book which I have recommended to many people, and to which I have referred when discussing the subject of right wing dictatorships systematic take overs of the judiciary Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner

They were in hitleer and of course marchin A brilliant and clear examination of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in s Germany. While at school during the Kapp Putsch, for instance, a particularly right-wing teacher view spoiler [ which may have been a tautology given the circumstances hide spoiler ] asks if they can feel the difference in the atmosphere now that The English translation of this book is called “Defying Hitler” which I am sure helped sell more copies but underplays the wider interest of this book which covers the years to in the life of a man from the German, specifically Prussian, middle class.

It is in many ways remarkably hitle, most notably about the Final Solution and the overall course of the war, and there have been challenges to its authenticity — addressed in a brief afterword by Haffner’s son and translator Oliver Pretzel. If I sang that song with the group how could I have refused, in the context? For fear of me.

He wrote most of his works in German, some of which have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and other languages. And he raised his voice for the importance of understanding historical processes, and emotional responses to stress, manipulation and violence. His most known work is The Meaning of Hitler German: Mass depression and fear ruled the political climate in which Haffner wrote his reflections.


However, because of differences between Astor, who had become the newspaper’s publisher, and the London editorship regarding a divided Germany, he became the German correspondent in Berlin ina position which he kept until the building of the Berlin Wall.

He describes young men — halfheartedly at first — taking part in the Heil Hitlers and the singalongs. Inhe was forced to flee to Britain, where he worked as a journalist. This fascinating personal history elucidates how the average German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices. I had to stand on tiptoe and strain my neck to decipher it.

Second, Haffner observes that: Completely absorbing and answers the question, “How did the German people let that happen and why didn’t they stop it?

Sebastian Haffner

And there is also the understandable refusal to believe that the worst will come to pass. Jun 13, Charles rated it it was amazing. If you are like me and you’ve always wondered just how an insane madman like Adolf Hitler came to power in a modern country like Germany then read Defying Hitler.

Let’s start by saying that the writing style of this book isn’t the best. If I waved the flag how could I have refused, in the context? By the time his training hqffner nearing completion in Gleichschaltung was under-way in the legal profession, ie the process of bringing that profession among others into the regime’s ideological line, to which end Haffner and a bunch of other young trainees are sent to a training haffber at Jueterbog where they march about singing uplifting patriotic songs and are generally meant to develop a sense of camaraderie.

We anonymous others seem at best to be the objects of history It’s announced that all law candidates including Haffner must, before taking their final exams, attend training camps for ideological indoctrination and to perform military exercises. The difference is that the Nazis had the force of law behind them whereas in most cases the Maxine Waters types only have intimidation in their favor.

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?


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

The striking comment to me was that it seemed “demonic” in nature. Let us learn to pray: Shortly after the author makes his escape to Britain where at the time since everybody treated each other as foreigners he could feel safe and begin to make a living for himself as a journalist. The most powerful dictators, ministers and generals are powerless against the simultaneous mass decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large.

To ask other readers questions about Defying Hitlerplease sign up. 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. The harassment we see of Republicans who are sometimes not allowed to eat in peace in public places smacks of the same kind of behavior seen in the Nazis.

Some join the Nazi Party merely to survive these joiners were, Haffner writes, ridiculed by the Nazi faithful ; others, like the townspeople in Siegel’s film who succumb to the pods, join because it offers relief, a way to stop struggling against the inevitable, or a means of revealing the true selves they have kept hidden, that they may not have even realized they possessed.

Haffner is considered as refying of the most successful German authors in the history of the 19th and 20th century writing for a broad, nonacademic audience. Very enlightening story about the rise of the Nazis in yitler Germany.

Lists with This Book. In his introduction, Pretzel says that his father would not have been pleased by the book’s publication, that the cool, lucid historical journalist his father became was often embarrassed by the rawness of his early work.

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