The plots against Hitler

Danny Orbach

Book - 2016

"A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler"--

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Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016.
Language
English
Item Description
"An Eamon Dolan book."
Physical Description
xvi, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-382) and index.
ISBN
9780544714434
0544714431
Main Author
Danny Orbach (author)
  • Opposition in flames
  • "That damned mare!" : the army top-brass scandal
  • The officer, the mayor and the spy
  • "In the darkest colors" : the decision of General Beck
  • The bird and its cage : first attempt at coup d'état, September 1938
  • Without a network : the lone assassin
  • The point of no return : pogrom and war
  • The spirit of Zossen : when networks fail
  • Signs in the darkness : rebuilding the conspiracy
  • On the wings of thought : networks of imagination
  • Brokers on the front line : the new strategy
  • War of extermination : the conspirators and the Holocaust
  • "Flash" and liqueur bottles : assassination attempts in the East
  • Codename U-7 : rescue and abyss
  • Count Stauffenberg : the charismatic turn
  • Thou shalt kill : the problem of tyrannicide
  • A wheel conspiracy : the Stauffenberg Era
  • The final showdown : July 20, 1944
  • The shirt of Nessus
  • Motives in the twilight
  • Networks of resistance.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Few historical hooks are as sharp as the aching what-ifs of the various plots against Adolf Hitler's life. Orbach's 10-years-in-the-making debut sets out to be the definitive record of every significant assassination attempt by Hitler's own countrymen, most involving Abwehr agent Hans Paul Oster. Though Orbach cautions not to lionize the conspirators—some agreed with Nazi goals, just not Hitler's helmsmanship—it's difficult not to catch one's breath at Oster's tenterhook probings for recruits or to share his angst at every near-miss, from a beer-hall explosion that Hitler evades by minutes, to a sharpshooter assault on a parade that gets canceled, to a bomb inside a liquor bottle aboard Hitler's plane that doesn't trigger. It all leads, of course, to Claus von Stauffenberg, the dashing, eye-patched, would-be savior whom Orbach presents as, indeed, a man of heroic bent, and whose famous suitcase bomb came mere inches from doing the job. Despite a dry dissertation style, Orbach succeeds in painting an affecting picture of a network—nearly a movement—struggling to save the country against its own ingrained principles of obedience. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this account, historian Orbach (fellow, Weatherhead Ctr. for International Affairs) explores the psychological, social, and military dynamics of the network of groups who tried to assassinate German politician and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler between 1938 and 1943. The author uses newly discovered diaries and documents to characterize the attempted murder plots, notably the Oster Conspiracy in 1938, led by Gen. Hans Oster; and Operation Valkyrie in 1944, headed by Officer Claus von Stauffenberg in 1943. Owing to chance or miscalculations, Hitler managed to avoid death at the hands of these high-ranking officials. Another recent work addressing this topic is Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager et al.'s Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot To Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member. VERDICT This fresh look at the German Resistance will be appreciated by students of World War II history.—Harry Willems, Great Bend P.L., KS [Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this comprehensive history, Israeli historian Orbach scrupulously analyzes the resistance movements that opposed the Nazis from 1933 to 1945. His superb research includes interviews with resistance survivors, family members, and relevant records from archives around the world. It is a balanced history of the resistance that covers the famous Operation Valkyrie plot, but gives equal treatment to the other serious attempts to resist the Nazis and assassinate Hitler. For many readers the extent of the resistance efforts of Admiral Canaris (head of German Military Intelligence), among others, will be surprising. This book is unique in that Orbach attempts to determine the motivation of the resisters in moral and ethical terms. He explains that most historians have either idolized the resisters as heroes or condemned them as self-serving criminals. Orbach sets the record straight when he concludes that the resisters to Hitler's Nazi government were imperfect but in most cases exceptional human beings who reacted with action to the criminal deeds of the Nazis. Likely to become the definitive general history of the subject and the starting place for all future research, Orbach's work is a fascinating story of courage and an excellent study of the struggle of individuals to act morally and honorably. B&w insert. Agent: Andrew Lownie, Andrew Lownie Literary (U.K.). (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A deeply researched historical account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Hitler explores the activities of unlikely conspirators who supported local efforts to dismantle Nazism.

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A deeply researched historical account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Hitler explores the activities of unlikely conspirators who supported local efforts to dismantle Nazism. 20,000 first printing.

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"A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler"--

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A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Adolf Hitler In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. A year later, all parties but the Nazis had been outlawed, freedom of the press was but a memory, and Hitler's dominance seemed complete. Yet over the next few years, an unlikely clutch of conspirators emerged ' soldiers, schoolteachers, politicians, diplomats, theologians, even a carpenter ' who would try repeatedly to end the Fuhrer's genocidal reign. This dramatic and deeply researched book tells the full story of those noble, ingenious, and doomed efforts. This is history at its most suspenseful, as we witness secret midnight meetings, crises of conscience, fierce debates among old friends about whether and how to dismantle Nazism, and the various plots themselves being devised and executed.   Orbach's fresh research takes advantage of his singular skills as linguist and historian to offer profound insight into the conspirators' methods, motivations, fears, and hopes. Though we know how this story ends, we've had no idea until now how close it came ' several times ' to ending very differently. The Plots Against Hitler fundamentally alters our view of World War II and sheds bright ' even redemptive ' light on its darkest days.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Adolf Hitler In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. A year later, all parties but the Nazis had been outlawed, freedom of the press was but a memory, and Hitler’s dominance seemed complete. Yet over the next few years, an unlikely clutch of conspirators emerged – soldiers, schoolteachers, politicians, diplomats, theologians, even a carpenter – who would try repeatedly to end the Fuhrer’s genocidal reign. This dramatic and deeply researched book tells the full story of those noble, ingenious, and doomed efforts. This is history at its most suspenseful, as we witness secret midnight meetings, crises of conscience, fierce debates among old friends about whether and how to dismantle Nazism, and the various plots themselves being devised and executed.   Orbach’s fresh research takes advantage of his singular skills as linguist and historian to offer profound insight into the conspirators’ methods, motivations, fears, and hopes. Though we know how this story ends, we’ve had no idea until now how close it came – several times – to ending very differently. The Plots Against Hitler fundamentally alters our view of World War II and sheds bright – even redemptive – light on its darkest days.