An Honourable Defeat

An Honourable Defeat

A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Archival materials and interviews help tell the story of the Germans who took part in the Resistance movement against Hitler, which included union leaders, businessmen, priests, Communists, and even people in the Army and the Foreign Office.

Blackwell North Amer
The numbers are small. Scattered across the landscape that was Nazi Germany, the Resistance looks puny: too little, too late. And yet, in the context of a police state, it assumes larger proportions. For those who have never known life under such a regime, it is hard to grasp the daily terror that makes an act of political graffiti a capital offense, that labels resistance "treason."
Now, drawing on archival materials and on interviews with those few resisters and their families who survived, Anton Gill brings their story to light. Here are union leaders and businessmen, priests and Communists, students and factory workers; above all, here are the only people who had any plausible chance at more than symbolic resistance: those in the Army, the Foreign Office, the Abwehr. For these, obeying the dictates of conscience meant betraying the demands of government, and every day brought the risk of denunciation and death.
Not many survived. Seen in terms of numbers, this is a story of defeat. But in the larger moral universe, it must be acknowledged as an honourable defeat: against awful odds and in appalling circumstances, these men and women kept the faith - a tribute to the power of human conscience.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the unsuccessful attempts of German resistors to overthrow Hitler, both before and during World War II

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, c1994
ISBN: 9780805035148
0805035141
Branch Call Number: 943.086 GIL
Characteristics: xvi, 293p. : ill., maps ; 25cm

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