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Title:
Defying Hitler : the Germans who resisted Nazi rule / Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis.
ISBN:
9780451489043
Publication Information:
New York : Caliber, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]

©2019
Physical Description:
xvi, 542 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents:
Meetings in Madison -- Enemies of the people -- The American embassy -- The battle for German youth -- The Moscow connection -- Hans Oster -- Munich -- America's spy -- Kristallnacht -- A summer ends in war -- Crossing the Rubicon -- The Luftwaffe officer -- God's witness -- Corsican delivers -- Life unworthy of life -- Dangerous to know -- Operation 7 -- Tresckow -- Questions for the Abwehr -- Rote Kapelle -- Fire in Berlin -- A student in Munich -- An order for Gerstein -- Belzec -- The hunted -- Hitler's bloodhound -- White Rose : the Harnack connection -- Swift arrests demanded -- Long live freedom -- On the run -- Mr. Douglas and Mr. Wood -- The brandy bomb -- The "Z Grau" file -- Unmasking Cicero -- Enter Stauffenberg -- Valkyrie -- Valkyrie unravels -- Sonderkommission 20 Juli -- Götterdämmerung.
Abstract:
"An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi rule. Nazi 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, resistance was as simple as writing a letter denouncing the rigidity of Nazi law. No matter how small the act, the danger was the same--any display of defiance was met with arrest, interrogation, torture, and even death. Defying Hitler follows the underground network of Germans who believed standing against the Fuhrer to be more important than their own survival. Their bravery is astonishing--a schoolgirl beheaded by the Gestapo for distributing anti-Nazi fliers; a German American teacher who smuggled military intel to Soviet agents, becoming the only American woman executed by the Nazis; a pacifist philosopher murdered for his role in a plot against Hitler; a young idealist who joined the SS to document their crimes, only to end up, to his horror, an accomplice to the Holocaust. This remarkable account illuminates their struggles, yielding an accessible narrative history with the pace and excitement of a thriller."-- Provided by publisher.

Nazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics, but countless Germans actively resisted Hitler. No matter how small the act, the danger was the same: any display of defiance was met with arrest, interrogation, torture, and even death. Thomas and Lewis follow the underground network of Germans who believed standing against the Fuhrer to be more important than their own survival. Their bravery is astonishing, and the authors illuminate their struggles, yielding an accessible narrative history with the pace and excitement of a thriller. -- adapted from jacket
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