Bis zum bitteren Ende

Bis zum bitteren Ende➸ [Reading] ➺ Bis zum bitteren Ende By Hans Bernd Gisevius ➭ – “When on July 20 1944 a bomb—boldly placed inside the Wolf's Lair Hitler's headuarters in East Prussia by the German Anti Nazi Resistance—exploded without killing the Führer the subseuent coup “When on July a bomb—boldly placed inside the Wolf's Lair Hitler's headuarters in East Prussia by the German Anti Nazi Resistance—exploded without killing the Führer the subseuent coup d'état against the Third Reich collapsed Most of the conspirators were summarily shot or condemned Bis zum PDF/EPUB or in show trials and sadistically hanged The conspiracy involved a wide circle of former politicians diplomats and government officials as well as senior military men The Resistance had started as early as and involved several planned putsches and assassination attempts Hans B Gisevius knew or met the major figures—including Beck Canaris Oster Goerdeler and von Stauffenberg—and barely escaped after the coup's failure One of the few survivors of the German Anti Nazi Resistance Gisevius traces its history from the Reichstag fire to Germany's defeat in in a book as riveting as it is exceptional” Print ed. HANS BERND GISEVIUS is one of the few survivors of the group of Germans who actively plotted to do away with Hitler His book provides unparalleled details and perspectives One example On the Sunday before the beginning of the Polish campaign I again visited Keitel and handed him graphically illustrated statistical evidence on the military economic potentials of Germany and of the other World Powers These statistics demonstrated clearly the tremendous military economic superiority of the Western Powers and the tribulation we would face I saw the movie which was just okay for me I thought maybe reading an insider's account would be true to the real story and although it seems to be it lost me about 70% into the book It wasn't as easy to follow as I thought it would be There were some words that I literally looked up in a German dictionary Having to do so took away from the story but I knew when I started reading it that it was going to be authentic which meant some words I wouldn't understandI really wanted to like the story and root for the plot but sadly the only thing I ended up rooting for was the Penguins Lots of drama lots of excitement and definitely lots of goals So I started my day with Valkyrie and ended with a win against the Rangers 7 2 to be exact One hates to speak ill of any of that gallant band of brave members of the conspiracy against Hitler but Gisevius unfortunately comes off as a little bitter and certainly less than impressed with von Stauffenberg While one appreciates the counterpoint to the usual presentation of the heroic Stauffenberg this book seems to lack a bit of perspectiveThe problem may be in translation but I think that it suffers from what many histories written in the immediate post war era suffer from this book was originally published in 1946 Many military officers writing just after the war assumed their audience would know details of military custom life in the 1940s personalities of the day etc that we today really don't have a grasp of Much of the context that a reader in 1946 would simply presume is lost on a modern reader You find this in Canadian regimental histories for example which might be peppered with military acronyms that are now out of date So it is with Gisevius' work which I think presumes the audience to have a deep understanding of who the personalities he writes about are It's as if officers writing in that period were publishing journals for their families and friends rather than writing histories for posterityWith that in mind these books are valuable documents for the researcher but unfortunately not recommended for the casual reader How can you make a book about the plot to kill Hitler written by one of the conspirators less than thrilling and indeed tedious? Beats me The whole first half of the book was spent introducing the characters The author seems to want to point how what good Germans each one was Perhaps he felt the need to stress the fact that they were not Nazi sympathizers or Hitlerian acolytes at least by war's end The climate of the times in which this book was published may have necessitated such an approach But why make it so dull and unfocused?It's not until the final uarter of the book when the actual Putsch is attempted that the book gains any momentum Perhaps also this is where the author's personal experiences really begin until that point he seems to have been an observer I don't feel I gained much insight into the men who were driven to plot the assassination of their own commanding officer and head of state This was tough going and I finally gave up I got close to page 100 and all the author had done was introduce various people who were part of one opposition circle or another Some of the intros extended on for pages while others were just a brief mention as though the reader should recognize the names I did not recognize them The author also did not in the portion that I got through really give the reader the sense of how critical these people might have been to the Valkyrie plotThis was also an abridged version of the book which I had not realized It is possible that much of what I was looking for in the way of explanations and continuity were removed Convoluted and confusing in a lot of places Difficult to track who's who and who is doing what I'm left with the impression that the author was only a tangential member of the group plotting Hitler's assassination and that he had an ax to grind against some of the major figures in the group Ugh this book was painful Scattered notes all over the place unnecessary details and no real flow I expected a lot although I was warned Very boring until it reaches the point when they plot in action It starts out slow then the tension builds up as history as we know it unfolds The epilogue is not to be missedThis is an extremely subjective account of the putschists' long winded often convoluted and exponentially frustrating plot to kill Adolf Hitler by Hans Bernd Gisevius an intelligent stubbornly proud ambitious and intrepid civil servant with a penchant for posterity It deserves 5 stars for being one of the few documented insider accounts of the years months weeks days and eventually hours leading to the detonation of the bomb that was supposed to off Hitler Why so few accounts? Because so few of them survived the eventual aftermath And the few who survived were not as conscientious as Gisevius who documented the plotters' connections clandestine meetings mishaps and strategies interspersed with his personal opinions and character sketches of his allies his fears reflections and reservations for the future Which all makes for a mixed bag of random conversations subplots and scenarios that make you ask what ifWHAT IF?The bomb which was to kill Hitler was detonated by Colonel Claus Count von Stauffenberg who volunteered for the job Amazingly Gisevius was no fan of Stauffenberg He is uick to lionize some of his co plotters names abound and I had to peruse the index countless times just to keep track of them but relegates the one man who could and would do the most dangerous part of the plot Stauffenberg to a walk on part neglecting even refusing to recognize Stauffenberg's significant role in the whole enterprise As I analyze it Gisevius's grievance may have been a result of Stauffenberg's dismissive attitude toward Gisevius's efforts and contribution to the plot an observation Gisevius gathered based on their one and only meeting at a safehouse just days before the planned detonation Taking that timeline into consideration this meant Stauffenberg would have been too nervous and distracted to think of social niceties and posturing given the looming uncertainty that lay ahead of himIt took me a while to finish this book I had some conflicting sometimes inconsistent sentiments to certain sweeping conclusions expressed by the author But ultimately when Gisevius waxes pragmatic one can't help but see parallels with the state of the world todayOne of the most remarkable phenomena of the war years over was the creation not only of a collective frenzy of jubilation but a collective sense of misery as well In calculating the inner strength of a government based on terror one must take into account the tremendous efforts that frightened men will put forth not out of enthusiasm desire for victory or blind submission but uite simply out of hopelessness and despair HBGPassive acceptance intellectual subservience or in religious terms failure to pray against the evil may constitute a kind of silent support for authoritarian rule Once the system of terror has been installed however there is only one course remaining to each individual and to all individuals collectively to fight the terrorists with the same courage and tenacity with the same willingness to take risks that they employ in wartime under orders when they fight against the enemy HBG An in depth account of the failed plot to kill Hitler in 1944This book covered a lot of detail of different names and where they sat in the resistance against Hitler It was interesting to read about how much work had gone on in 1939 and 1940 The book then jumps to 1944 and the attempted PutschThe author was a key part on the day but his account is very personal and it shows just how much misinformation was involved on teh day It was chaotic and hurried and that came across in the writingAs soon as it had come the Putsch had gone and most of the conspirators were dead This seemed to focus on the wrong parts but then again it was very personal