Synopses & Reviews
Those Germans, such as Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who fought the Third Reich from within have often been mythologized as heroes in the fight against tyranny but the truth is far more complex. Germans Against Hitler traces the history of the German resistance, from the ascent of the Nazi party to the July 1944 attempted assassination of Hitler. Informed by more than four decades of research and written by the premier historian of the German Resistance, this book offers the most authoritative history of the tens of thousands of Germans who tried to resist Nazism.
Hans Mommsen considers the full spectrum of opposition, from small but still dangerous acts of political disobedience to large-scale conspiracies - such as the incredible Count Claus von Stauffenberg plot. He analyzes the ideologies of the Kreisau Circle and the conservative, socialist, church and military oppositions. These resistance groups all tried to find a viable alternative to Hilter to achieve a moral renewal of politics and society. Yet many of them rejected democracy and had a sometimes ambivalent attitude towards the persecution of the Jews. An honest, thought-provoking look at the WWII German resistance movement.
"A remarkable contribution to this fascinating subject. . . . A highly sophisticated work from a mature historian at the top of his game." --Library Journal
"The sense of moral murkiness in Valkryie is reinforced by the examination of Germans Against Hitler, written by Hans Mommsen, that grand old man of German academia. In this collection of disparate scholarly essays on the resistance movement, Mommsen demonstrates that many of these involved in the attempt on Hitler's life had decidedly dodgy pasts." --Sunday Times
‘...that of the distinguished German historian, Hans Mommsen. Germans Against Hitler: The Stauffenberg Plot and Resistance under the Third Reich (I.B.Tauris, £12.99) traces the full spectrum resistance, considering the often uncomfortable complexity of the opposition to Hitler. - Juliet Gardiner, HISTORY TODAY, April 2009
About the Author
Hans Mommsen is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the Ruhr University in Bochum and one of Germany's preeminent historians. His many books include The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy and From Weimar to Auschwitz.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Jeremy Noakes * Carl von Ossietzky and the concept of a right to resist in Germany * German society and resistance to Hitler * The social vision and constitutional plans of the German resistance * The Kreisau Circle and the future reorganization of Germany and Europe * Count Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenberg and the Prussian tradition * German anti-Hitler resistance and the ending of Europes division into nation-states * Julius Leber and the German resistance to Hitler * Wilhelm Leuschner and the resistance movement of 20 July 1944 * Carlo Mierendorffs ‘Socialist Action programme * Adolf Reichweins road to resistance and the Kreisau Circle * The position of the military opposition to Hitler in the German resistance movement * Anti-Hitler resistance and the Nazi persecution of Jews * Notes * Bibliography * Index