Synopses & Reviews
Memories of Kreisau and the German Resistance is the personal account of Freya von Moltke, a member of the Kreisau Circle, a German resistance group that participated in the attempt to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944. Freyaand#8217;s husband, Helmuth von Moltke, was a cofounder of the circle and was executed after the failed assassination attempt.and#160;Freya recounts both personal details and sweeping historical events. She describes the resistance work carried out during the meetings of the circle as well as the last days of Kreisau, after many of the members of the resistance were executed for their roles in the failed assassination attempt. When the war ended in 1945, Freya was evacuated from Kreisau, and the von Moltke estate was given to Poland.
“In Memories of Kreisau and the German Resistance, a small, resonating book, Freya von Moltke bears witness to the history she lived through and survived. . . . This book is unique because it lives at the intersection of history and daily life. . . . It is a profoundly personal book, filled with devotion to the land, to a vanished culture, to family, friends, and to principle.”—Boston Globe --Boston Globe
“Much, from a scholarly and human perspective, is to be learned from this beautiful volume.”—Klemens von Klemperer, Central European History --Klemens von Klemperer
“Taken as a whole, historians of resistance will find that this memoir adds to the available English-language sources on the Kreisau Circle by combining a discussion of the political activities of the group with glimpses into the compromises, conflicts, and negotiations of everyday life in Kreisau. This combination, in addition to its engaging style, also makes the memoir useful for undergraduate classroom use.”—Cora Granata, H-Net Reviews --European Legacy
“A subtle blend of personal and historical details. . . . This book deserves to be read by all those seeking to understand and remember those exceptional people who took great risks for the sake of the future. Julie M. Winter’s clear and concise translation elegantly allows the English reader to follow Freya von Moltke’s thoughts with ease and enjoyment.”—European Legacy --Central European History
About the Author
Julie M. Winter has a PhD in German from Northwestern University. She is the translator of Marion Yorck von Wartenburgand#8217;s The Power of Solitude: My Life in the German Resistance (Nebraska 2000).