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The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler's Personal Aides

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Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death.

For months two captives of the Soviet Army—Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet—were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Furher. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler—from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be burned, to his sense of humor—as for what it does not say, reflecting the prejudices of the intended reader: Joseph Stalin. Nowhere, for instance, does the dossier criticize Hitler's treatment of the Jews.

Today, the 413-page original of Stalin's personal biography of Hitler is a Kremlin treasure and it is said to be held in President Putin's safe. The only other copy, made by order of Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, was deposited in Moscow Party archives under the code number 462A. It was there that Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, two German historians, found it. Available to the public in full for the first time, The Hitler Book presents a captivating, astonishing, and deeply revealing portrait of Hitler, Stalin, and the mutual antagonism of these two dictators, who between them wrought devastation on the European continent.

"An astonishingly intimate portrait" of the Furher—commissioned by, written for, and read by Joseph Stalin, before it disappeared into Soviet archives. Until now. —The Times

"This revelatory document was an extraordinary find and gives an absorbing, truly disturbing, account of Hitler and his demonic court."—Publishers Weekly

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An astonishingly intimate portrait of the Furher-commissioned by, written for, and read by Joseph Stalin, before it disappeared in Soviet archives. Until now." (The Times)

Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death.

Synopsis:

Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death. For months two captives of the Soviet Army-Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet-were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Furher. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler-from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be

About the Author

Henrik Eberle, a freelance journalist and historian, completed his PhD dissertation in 2002 on the scientific policies of National Socialism. He currently teaches history at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Matthias Uhl received his PhD in 2000 in East European History at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He currently is on staff at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich and Berlin.
Narrator Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded more than 350 audiobooks including novels by Clive Cussler and Tom Glancy. He recently was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400102037
Subtitle:
The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler's Personal Aides
Editor:
Eberle, Henrik
Editor:
Eberle, Henrik
Editor:
Uhl, Matthias
Author:
Uhl, Matthias
Author:
Prichard, Michael
Author:
Eberle, Henrik
Editor:
Uhl, Matthias
Publisher:
Tantor Media
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20060129
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.7 lb
Media Run Time:
930

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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An astonishingly intimate portrait of the Furher-commissioned by, written for, and read by Joseph Stalin, before it disappeared in Soviet archives. Until now." (The Times)

Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death.

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Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death. For months two captives of the Soviet Army-Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet-were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Furher. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler-from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be
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