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The Odyssey of A U-Boat Commander: Recollections of Erich Topp

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Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, (1992). Octavo, 15 x 23 cm. x 242 pp. First edition. Publisher's full cloth-covered boards; spine stamped in silver. In a lightly rubbed and edgeworn dustjacket; dustjacket toned at edges. Binding slightly shaken. Very Good/Very Good LTB/ji
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Admiral Topp's memoirs reflect the faith, hopes, errors, and transformations in a man's life, indeed those of a whole generation whose understanding of history and ideology were held captive by the myth of power. The terrible annihilation in World War II and, even more so, the unimaginable destructive potential of nuclear weapons, have resulted in a change in the use of power. The author's diaries and journals, along with their contemporary interpretation, illustrate the political dimension of this change.

Topp wrote this book to illuminate a segment of twentieth century history which can only be portrayed truthfully by those who themselves have lived and suffered through it. Topp also describes freely the era of the Third Reich. Even today, after long years of occupying positions of leadership, the author feels the burden of historical responsibility. In this sense his book is a statement about the ambivalence of human existence. It provides answers to the question of why a whole generation of Germans followed the mesmerizing siren song of a totalitarian regime, an experience which still looms like a shadow over the living.

Synopsis:

Admiral Topp's memoirs reflect the faith, hopes, errors, and transformations in a man's life, indeed those of a whole generation whose understanding of history and ideology were held captive by the myth of power. The terrible annihilation in World War II and, even more so, the unimaginable destructive potential of nuclear weapons, have resulted in a change in the use of power. The author's diaries and journals, along with their contemporary interpretation, illustrate the political dimension of this change. Topp wrote this book to illuminate a segment of twentieth century history which "can only be portrayed truthfully by those who themselves have lived and suffered through it." Topp also describes freely the era of the Third Reich. Even today, after long years of occupying positions of leadership, the author feels the burden of historical responsibility. In this sense his book is a statement about the ambivalence of human existence. It provides answers to the question of why a whole generation of Germans followed the mesmerizing siren song of a totalitarian regime, an experience which still looms like a shadow over the living.

About the Author

ERICH TOPP joined the German Navy in 1934 and won distinction as a U-boat commander in World War II.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275938987
Subtitle:
Recollections of Erich Topp
Author:
Topp, Erich
Translator:
Rust, Eric C.
Author:
Rust, Eric C.
Author:
Rust, Eric
Publisher:
Praeger
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Sailors
Subject:
Sailors -- Germany -- Biography.
Subject:
World War, 19
Copyright:
Series Volume:
9322
Publication Date:
19920713
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.30x6.34x.86 in. 1.08 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Admiral Topp's memoirs reflect the faith, hopes, errors, and transformations in a man's life, indeed those of a whole generation whose understanding of history and ideology were held captive by the myth of power. The terrible annihilation in World War II and, even more so, the unimaginable destructive potential of nuclear weapons, have resulted in a change in the use of power. The author's diaries and journals, along with their contemporary interpretation, illustrate the political dimension of this change. Topp wrote this book to illuminate a segment of twentieth century history which "can only be portrayed truthfully by those who themselves have lived and suffered through it." Topp also describes freely the era of the Third Reich. Even today, after long years of occupying positions of leadership, the author feels the burden of historical responsibility. In this sense his book is a statement about the ambivalence of human existence. It provides answers to the question of why a whole generation of Germans followed the mesmerizing siren song of a totalitarian regime, an experience which still looms like a shadow over the living.
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