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MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ The above book is THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I read this year It may even be the most important book I read in all my life.Upfront Defying Hitler is a historical political memoir that was written in 1939, after the author had emigrated to England in 1938 When WWII broke out in September 1939 , the author deserted this book project, as he no longer considered his private memories important, and turned to writing professional historical and political books and MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ The above book is THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I read this year It may even be the most important book I read in all my life.Upfront Defying Hitler is a historical political memoir that was written in 1939, after the author had emigrated to England in 1938 When WWII broke out in September 1939 , the author deserted this book project, as he no longer considered his private memories important, and turned to writing professional historical and political books and essays, with which he became a renowned book author and journalist As a journalist, he wrote for the Spiegel, the Stern, the Welt, and other political magazines and newspapers Please read the Wikipedia page on Sebastian Haffner Here is the link The above book was first published by his son, in 2001.SO WHY IS THIS MEMOIR SO IMPORTANT It is so important because it shows as no other Third Reich book I have read and I have read quite a number of Third Reich non fiction books not only HOW EXACTLY Hitler and his henchmen managed to come to power and how this evil regime had developed A PERFECT SYSTEM to recruit the uneducated, the stupid, the naive, the ideological dreamers, and those who just simply longed for a Fuehrer It shows in detail how it worked, as it trapped adults with lies, deceit, false promises, and propaganda, and how it worked as it seduced adults, youth, and children alike, with rallies, marches, and social events, numbing their minds with march music, beats of drums, waving of flags, and constantly repeated dulling slogans, until some 44% of Germans shouted Heil , voted for Hitler, and ran with the Nazi crowd.So where were the other 56% of Germans, who were either on the political Left or who just simply had some brain left The answer This evil regime had not only developed a perfect system to secure a base of immature and or uneducated and or not so bright and or opportunistic and or perfect world seeking unrealistic followers, it had also developed a perfect system to terrorize the remaining population, so that there would be no opposition left Some of those terrorized and in fear would eventually come round and also shout Heil , might even join in to terrorize and torture as it is safer andpleasant to terrorize and torture than to get terrorized and tortured.Some of those terrorized and in fear would emigrate This, unfortunately, was only an option for a very small percentage of the unhappy population The costs involved with emigration would exceed the financial means of most people And how would they support themselves in a foreign country with, in most cases, a foreign language Besides, the Nazi regime passed laws that not only made emigration most difficult with extreme requirements of paperwork but also dispossessed most property, assets, and belongings of those who left the country Further Other countries were not keen on receiving emigrants Would enforce strict immigration quota and would even refuse asylum to Jews, whose lives were clearly in danger.Most terrorized and in fear including my own family, relatives, and family friends would keep a low profile that gave them and their loved ones a fair chance for survival Anyone who had loved ones and most people do would not only endanger themselves but also their loved ones due to Sippenhaft kin liability for even the slightest critical remark Thus, my adoptive grandmother biological grand aunt endangered not only herself but all of our family when she said to a faint acquaintance, How does this corporal meaning Hitler think he can win the war and was denunciated It took miraculous luck that she and other family members did not land in Dachau or in front of the Volksgericht People s Court Hitler s kangaroo court Besides, how would you organize a successful revolution, when there is an assembly prohibition Secretly in your bedroom It s not likely to work Thus, keeping a low profile was the best solution for most anti Nazis.And, sadly, many of those terrorized and in fear who would not keep their mouths shut, who were suspected of having ties to opposition groups, who were considered unworthy life for medical reasons, who were simply not pure bred Aryans , or who were found to disobey Nazi laws or ordinances ended up dead.You might think that you already know most of the above You may know the main facts and structures, but it is highly unlikely that you know the devilish details of this evil regime s perfect system However, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE DETAILS OF THIS PERFECT SYSTEM You need to know these details, so that you will be able to recognize them when they get repeated This is particularly important, as some of them are already repeated, in our time, in our country One of the most important information I took from this book is as follows When a Reichstagsbrand happens, it won t take weeks or days until things get bad It will only take minutes until Martial Law will be declared, which means the end of all remnants of any democracy And it will only be hours later that dissidents will be raided in their homes, dragged out of their beds, and arrested or shot while attempting to flee The latter is a very convenient method to get rid of undesired people without having to bother with a court case, especially, as long as no kangaroo court has been established yet So please WATCH OUT, SPEAK UP, and VOTE, as long as you can Once a totalitarian state has been established, it will be too late And you might even wish to make plans where to go in a worst case scenario Btw, Hitler had no problem finding dissidents with only very simple means He just made it obligatory to denunciate anyone who even only mildly criticized either him or his henchmen or the regime s actions or who questioned any part of Nazi ideology Today, with the help of search engines crawling over the internet, finding dissidents would be even so much easier There is still time to prevent history from repeating itself So please do whatever you can Speak up and vote SPEAK UP AND VOTE AS LONG AS THIS IS POSSIBLE P.S I forgot to tell This book is very well written Yet even if it weren t, it would still be a must read After reading the above book which is a translation by Sebastian Haffner s son , I am now reading the German original, titled Geschichte eines Deutschen Die Erinnerungen 1914 1933 For anyone with a good command of German, the German original is probably better because some terms used in this book are a bit difficult to translate , but the English translation is very good So I recommend to read a copy of whatever language you arefamiliar with As I have read and studied about World War II through the years, I, too, have had the same questions Haffner s son mentions near the end of this book How were the Nazis possible and Why weren t they stopped by the German people This book does an awesome job of providing some answers It made it clear to me that Germany and its people were the first victims of Hitler and the Nazis They were conquered first and then Hitler Nazis moved on to other countries around them.I think that Haffner did As I have read and studied about World War II through the years, I, too, have had the same questions Haffner s son mentions near the end of this book How were the Nazis possible and Why weren t they stopped by the German people This book does an awesome job of providing some answers It made it clear to me that Germany and its people were the first victims of Hitler and the Nazis They were conquered first and then Hitler Nazis moved on to other countries around them.I think that Haffner did a great job portaying what it was like for a common German during the Nazi takeover His confusion, frustration, and helplessness and some of the things he experienced must have been what thousands of other Germans were feeling and going through at the time What a dark time it must have been as they came to grips with the new realities of their world I just wish Haffner would have finished writing his whole story before he died I would have loved to read the rest of his journey Thanks, Michael, for the recommendation The English translation of this book is called Defying Hitler which I am sure helped sellcopies but underplays the wider interest of this book which covers the years 1914 to 1933 in the life of a man from the German, specifically Prussian, middle class.While at school during the Kapp Putsch, for instance, a particularly right wing teacher view spoiler which may have been a tautology given the circumstances hide spoiler asks if they can feel the difference in the atmosphere now that The English translation of this book is called Defying Hitler which I am sure helped sellcopies but underplays the wider interest of this book which covers the years 1914 to 1933 in the life of a man from the German, specifically Prussian, middle class.While at school during the Kapp Putsch, for instance, a particularly right wing teacher view spoiler which may have been a tautology given the circumstances hide spoiler asks if they can feel the difference in the atmosphere now that they are ruled by a firm hand again They don t, things were exactly the same as before The putsch was over in a couple of days anyway But the anecdote speaks to the expectation and hope placed in violent change and openly anti democratic feeling around at the time.During the inflation the young Haffner and his friends get very excited and join in the speculation His Father however, true to the dignity of a Prussian civil servant considers that financial speculation is an improper and immoral pass time for someone in his position, Ordnung muss sein afterall Due to the hyper inflation come his pay day the whole family troop off to the barbers to have their hair cut before the money looses too much of its value.Anyway readers who bought the book expecting to hear about Hitler being defied will be keen to know that the author moves on to the time that he spent training as a lawyer By the time his training is nearing completion in 1933 Gleichschaltung was under way in the legal profession, ie the process of bringing that profession among others into the regime s ideological line, to which end Haffner and a bunch of other young trainees are sent to a training camp at Jueterbog where they march about singing uplifting patriotic songs and are generally meant to develop a sense of camaraderie.Haffner s insight into this process was that the success of the Nazis was down to the triumph of du over sie or tu over vous if you prefer in other words creating a politics of the informal, politicised groups which could replace or act as a substitute for family or friends with a ready sense of society and inclusion The victory of Fascism was the defeat of alienation and the familiar stratification of society Instead everyone could settle down and all be mates together, so long, naturally, as they conformed and you wouldn t want to let your mates, your chums, your pals down would you Friends after all stick together, at any road at least until the time comes to commit suicide in your bunker Shortly after the author makes his escape to Britain where at the time since everybody treated each other as foreigners he could feel safe and begin to make a living for himself as a journalist Haffner provides a real sense of what it was like to experience the Hitler takeover of Germany From the eyes of a child before Hitler was ever heard of through 1938 when Hitler had squashed all opposition, Haffner reports in often electric prose how he felt A few examples G ring ordered the police to intervene in any brawl on the side of the Nazis, without investigating the rights and wrongs of the matter, and to shoot at the other side without prior warning my reaction was icy horr Haffner provides a real sense of what it was like to experience the Hitler takeover of Germany From the eyes of a child before Hitler was ever heard of through 1938 when Hitler had squashed all opposition, Haffner reports in often electric prose how he felt A few examples G ring ordered the police to intervene in any brawl on the side of the Nazis, without investigating the rights and wrongs of the matter, and to shoot at the other side without prior warning my reaction was icy horror I could physically sense the man s odor of blood and filth, the nauseating approach of a man eating animal, it s foul sharp claws in my face even so, I did not give the new government much chance of surviving, not with Hitler as its mouthpiece terror under the Nazis isrepulsive than under any other regime in European history systematic torture and murder of defenseless victims while publicly declaring in fine noble words that nobody would be harmed and that never before had a revolution shed less blood The 56% of the population which voted against the Nazis then engaged in a cowardly treachery extending from left to right including the Social Democratic leadership which betrayed their faithful and loyal millions of followers and the great middle class Catholic Center Party which supplied devotes necessary for the two thirds majority that legalized Hitler s dictatorship referring to the Enabling Act This is the story of Sebastian Haffner, a man who lived in Germany during Hitler s rise to power I loved hearing the story from the perspective of the average German I can t imagine living in such tumultuous times, but reading this book gives me a glimpse The best part about it is the fact that it tries to answer two very important questions how on earth a regime like the Nazis could rise to power, and how almost the entire nation where corrupted by them It s a wonderful story that I would This is the story of Sebastian Haffner, a man who lived in Germany during Hitler s rise to power I loved hearing the story from the perspective of the average German I can t imagine living in such tumultuous times, but reading this book gives me a glimpse The best part about it is the fact that it tries to answer two very important questions how on earth a regime like the Nazis could rise to power, and how almost the entire nation where corrupted by them It s a wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone that is the bit interested in that period Remember, it s by understanding the past that we can best keep from repeating it A brilliant and clear examination of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1930s Germany It is chilling to see how quickly and thoroughly a group of thugs terrorised and subjugated a whole country.Towards the end of the book, Haffner and his fellow law students were required to undergo some military training and of course indoctrination, before they could take their final exams, an efficient way of ensuring the judiciary was a part of the system.They were in uniform and of course marchin A brilliant and clear examination of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1930s Germany It is chilling to see how quickly and thoroughly a group of thugs terrorised and subjugated a whole country.Towards the end of the book, Haffner and his fellow law students were required to undergo some military training and of course indoctrination, before they could take their final exams, an efficient way of ensuring the judiciary was a part of the system.They were in uniform and of course marching behind a flag with a swastika on it as part of their training When we came through villages, the people on either side of the road raised their arms to greet the flag, or disappeared quickly in some house entrance They did this because they had learned that if they did not, we, that is I, would beat them up It made not the slightest difference that I and, no doubt, others among us ourselves fled into entryways to avoid these flags, when we were not marching behind them Now we were the ones embodying an implicit threat of violence against all bystanders They greeted the flag or disappeared For fear of us For fear of me.I still feel dizzy when I consider my predicament then It was the Third Reich in a nutshell Later when the group of young men is required to listen to one of Hitler s speeches on the radio, and at the end they all raised their arms in the salute while singing Deutschland uber alles and the Horst Wessel song we all sang or pretended to do so, each one of us the Gestapo of the others A powerful and gripping book If you are like me and you ve always wondered just how an insane madman like Adolf Hitler came to power in a modern country like Germany then read Defying Hitler The author, who describes his personal experiences of the time, pulls no punches and makes no excuses for the shift to radical nationalism in Germany in the 1930s.The book is presented much like a diary recounting the author s life at specific times in Germany between WWI when he was a small child and 1933 when the Nazi regime began to If you are like me and you ve always wondered just how an insane madman like Adolf Hitler came to power in a modern country like Germany then read Defying Hitler The author, who describes his personal experiences of the time, pulls no punches and makes no excuses for the shift to radical nationalism in Germany in the 1930s.The book is presented much like a diary recounting the author s life at specific times in Germany between WWI when he was a small child and 1933 when the Nazi regime began to reveal it s true face to the German people.Sebastian Haffner presents his own theory about where this radical nationalism first developed and supports his theory with what he experienced.It s an excellent book and a great read An excellent book which I have recommended to many people, and to which I have referred when discussing the subject of right wing dictatorships systematic take overs of the judiciary {Free} é Geschichte eines Deutschen ⚣ Es gibt B cher, da sitzt man als Rezensent nach der Lekt re hilflos vor einer riesigen Sammlung von Zitaten und wei nicht, wie man alle in seine Besprechung einbauen soll Einer dieser zugegebenerma en seltenen F lle ist Geschichte eines Deutschen Sebastian Haffners Erinnerungen an die Zeit zwischen dem Kriegsausbruchund dem Machtantritt der Nationalsozialisten strotzen vor zitierf higen Passagen Doch die Formulierungsf higkeiten des Autors sind nicht das einzig Herausragende an diesem Band, der Inhalt steht ihnen in nichts nach Dessen Aufbau folgt Haffners LinieJahre deutsche Geschichte aus meiner Perspektive mit anschlie ender Geschichte Deutschlands als Teil meiner privaten Lebensgeschichte Genau hier liegt das Geheimnis diesesentstandenen und niemals ver ffentlichten Fr hwerks von Haffner Ein Durchschnittsmensch mit vielen Schw chen erz hlt das ganz pers nliche Erleben einer interessanten und dramatischen Zeit F r Haffner ein privates Duell mit dem Dritten Reich , das ungewohnte Einblicke erm glicht Die Erinnerungen bereitsbeginnen zu lassen ist dabei eine au ergew hnliche Entscheidung, datiert doch Hitlers Macht bernahme erst auf das JahrDoch bereits im Ersten Weltkrieg sieht Haffner die Wurzeln des Nazismus nicht etwa im Fronterlebnis , sondern im Kriegserlebnis des deutschen Schuljungen , zu denen er damals z hlte Die anschlie ende Zeit der Weimarer Republik ist gepr gt von den Vorboten des Unheils, das dann mit den Zeitungsschlagzeilen Hitler zum Reichskanzler berufen hereinbricht Im Aprilschon folgt der Judenboykott, den Hitler und Goebbels, so Haffner lakonisch, auf dem Obersalzberg bei Tee und Biskuits beschlossen Was danach kam war eine Zeit grau wie ein Hinrichtungshof Deren Vorgeschichte schildert dieses schlicht fesselnde und uneingeschr nkt empfehlenswerte BuchJoachim Hohwieler Definitely a book discovery of the year for me Written through the eyes of an ordinary man, Defying Hitler describes in an extremely bright and comprehendible language the mechanism of Nazi evolution in Germany.I have read dozens of expert studies on how the Nazis came to power Although the facts and logics fit together, deep inside I simply refused to understand how this could have happened in a civilized and cultural country like Germany And then I discovered Haffner But not the well known Definitely a book discovery of the year for me Written through the eyes of an ordinary man, Defying Hitler describes in an extremely bright and comprehendible language the mechanism of Nazi evolution in Germany.I have read dozens of expert studies on how the Nazis came to power Although the facts and logics fit together, deep inside I simply refused to understand how this could have happened in a civilized and cultural country like Germany And then I discovered Haffner But not the well known, academic Haffner from recent years Defying Hitler was written by an inexperienced, thoughtful young man, often biased and mistaken, but honestly trying to understand things as they were, which makes the author much closer and sympathetic to the reader Defying Hitler is an astutely written personal experience of a person who by using his intuition and intelligence anticipates and witnesses the onset of absolute evil, but fails to confront it There had to be hundreds of thousands of ordinary Germans like Haffner, whose voices were little known so far Indeed, even during the last semi free , heavily manipulated elections in March 1933, nearly 60% of voters still rejected the Nazis If I wereimportant I would be less typical, the author explains why we should pay attentions to insights of an ordinary man.Speaking about the reading experience, I was captivated by the book as if it was an eerie thriller and not a well known history Page after page I oscillated between silly hopes that the Nazi high tide will somehow miraculously recede, and a feeling of despair that the world is irreversibly moving towards self destruction.With almost unbearable eloquence, Hafner describes the creeping terror and slow escalation of fear brought by the Nazis, while the normal daily life in Germany seemed to be business as usual For most people ordinary life went on The streets were exactly the same as always The cinemas were open The law courts sat and heard cases No sign of revolution At home people were a little confused, a little anxious, and tried to understand what was happening That was difficult, very difficult, in a short time I performed my routine daily duties At home I gave way to fruitless and ridiculous outbursts at the dinner table Excluded from events and passive like millions of others, I let events come at me And they did Yet, when the author sits with his Jewish girlfriend in the park and tries to ignore innocent children playfully chanting Juden Raus , I wanted to scream out loud Run Horrible things often start with simple gesturesLike most Germans, the author underestimated the Nazi danger at first and often made fun of them I was inclined not to take them very seriously a common attitude among their inexperienced opponents, which helped them a lot, and still helps them There are few things comic as a calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater We moved among them with the same unconcern with which visitors to the modern cageless zoo walk past the beasts of prey, confident that its ditches and hedges have been carefully calculated And yet this comical but noisy minority managed to kidnap the whole country The first country to be occupied by Nazis was not Austria or Czechoslovakia It was Germany, stresses the author This is perhaps the most disturbing lesson of Defying Hitler that the history can easily be repeated in anytime, anywhere