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Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand

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During a 1931 trial of four Nazi stormtroopers, known as the Eden Dance Palace trial, Hans Litten grilled Hitler in a brilliant and merciless three-hour cross-examination, forcing him into multiple contradictions and evasions and finally reducing him to helpless and humiliating rage (the transcription of Hitler's full testimony is included.) At the time, Hitler was still trying to prove his embrace of legal methods, and distancing himself from his stormtroopers. The courageous Litten revealed his true intentions, and in the process, posed a real threat to Nazi ambition.

When the Nazis seized power two years after the trial, friends and family urged Litten to flee the country. He stayed and was sent to the concentration camps, where he worked on translations of medieval German poetry, shared the money and food he was sent by his wealthy family, and taught working-class inmates about art and literature. When Jewish prisoners at Dachau were locked in their barracks for weeks at a time, Litten kept them sane by reciting great works from memory. After five years of torture and hard labor-and a daring escape that failed-Litten gave up hope of survival. His story was ultimately tragic but, as Benjamin Hett writes in this gripping narrative, it is also redemptive. "It is a story of human nobility in the face of barbarism."

The first full-length biography of Litten, the book also explores the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the terror of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933. [in sidebar] Winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize for outstanding work of contemporary history, in manuscript. To be published throughout the world.

About the Author

A former trial lawyer, Benjamin Carter Hett is now Associate Professor of History at Hunter College and the author of Death in the Tiergarten. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue: "We Are Not Alone"

Part I: The Whole Person

Part II: Crossing Hitler

Part III: Toward Dachau

Epilogue: "And Only Where There Are Graves Are There Resurrections"

Appendix: Transcription of Litten's Cross-Examination of Adolf Hitler, May 8, 1931

A Note on Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195369885
Author:
Hett, Benjamin Carter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Benjamin Carter
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Lawyers & Judges
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Litten, Hans
Subject:
Lawyers -- Germany.
Subject:
History, World | European | Germany
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1.1 in 1.469 lb

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