Synopses & Reviews
When World War II erupted, Philipp von Boeselager, son of an aristocratic Catholic family, fought enthusiastically for his country as a cavalry lieutenant. But in the summer of 1942, when he witnessed the regime's criminal brutality toward Jews and Gypsies, his patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of officers intent on killing Hitler.
After one aborted attempt—in which Boeselager was assigned to shoot both Hitler and Heinrich Himmler—it was decided that a bomb would be used to assassinate the Führer. Boeselager delivered the explosives and then led his unwitting men toward Berlin in order to carry out the coup d'état. When the bomb failed to kill Hitler, the SS launched a terrifying purge of senior army officers. Boeselager managed to return his units to the front before, one by one, the other conspirators were rounded up, tortured, and executed. None of them betrayed Boeselager.
In his unvarnished, harrowing testimony, Philipp von Boeselager—who died on May 1, 2008—gives eloquent voice to the courageous spirit of these men whose profound sense of honor could not be dimmed by the diabolical propaganda of the Third Reich.
"A one-of-a-kind eyewitness account." ---Kirkus Starred Review
The only firsthand account of the failed German military plot to kill Hitler—as told by one of the key conspirators.
About the Author
Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1917, the fifth of nine children. In 1938, he enlisted in the German army and was assigned to a cavalry regiment. He became a commanding lieutenant, only to join the German Resistance in 1941. His participation in Valkyrie, the failed conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler, went undetected, and he lived to be the last surviving member of the plot. In 2003, France awarded Boeselager the Legion of Honor. He died on May 1, 2008. Florence Fehrenbach is the granddaughter of Karl von Wendt, a co-conspirator and close friend of Philipp von Boeselager. She and her husband, Jerôme Fehrenbach, convinced Boeselager to recount his experience in the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Jerôme Fehrenbach is the husband of Florence Fehrenbach, the granddaughter of Karl von Wendt, a co-conspirator and close friend of Philipp von Boeselager. Together, they convinced Boeselager to recount his experience in the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over one hundred of them in theater and film, Michael is primarily heard, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. During his career as a one-man repertory company, he has recorded many series with running characters-including the complete Travis McGee adventures by John D. MacDonald and the complete Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout-as well as series by such masters as Mark Twain, John Cheever, and John Updike. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for At All Costs by Sam Moses and In Nixon's Web by L. Patrick Gray III. Named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine, he holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Southern California. Michael appears regularly on the professional stage, including as a member of Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, performing such great roles as Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451, which became the second-longest-running production in the Los Angeles area. Bradbury himself dubbed Michael "the finest Beatty in history."