‘Defying Hitler’. By SEBASTIAN . Excerpted from Defying HITLER: A MEMOIR by: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER Translated by: OLIVER PRETZEL. In Sebastian Haffner (Raimund Pretzel) fled from Germany to England with his Jewish wife. In he began work on an account of his “duel” with the. Written in and unpublished until , Sebastian Haffner’s memoir of the to suppress Communism and precursor to the Nazi storm troopers, to the Hitler.

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Sebastian Haffner the pseudonym for Raimund Pretzel was a German journalist and author whose focus was the history of the German Reich Book ratings by Goodreads.

Defying Hitler: A Memoir (Sebastian Haffner) – book review

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sebastian Haffner. He describes the effects of the propaganda machinery on himself and others with frightening honesty: This book does an awesome job of providing some answers. They did this because they had learned that if they did not, we, that is I, would beat them up. 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 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.

Haffner’s story is one of having the institutions of day-to-day life and the people who populate them replaced by obscene parodies of the originals. Haffner’s endorsement of the idea that even dictators are powerless without the consent or at least the passivity of the masses means that “Defying Hitler” has no time for quibbling about how much the Germans knew and when; he was there shortly before World War II broke out, after all.

Aug 22, Matt rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The manuscript of Defying Hitlerdiscovered posthumously by his son, Oliver Pretzel, [3] is a memoir of the Nazis’ rise to power, as witnessed by Haffner before he went into exile.

References to this book Black Market, Cold War: They greeted the flag hihler disappeared. A law clerk, Haffner had a firsthand view of the inglorious capitulation of the Prussian legal system.

The beginning seemed to me to be rather clunkily written. 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 when the Nazi regime began to reveal it’s true face to the German people. The putsch was over in a couple of days anyway.


During the inflation the young Haffner and his friends get very excited and join in the speculation. E quindi, da questa partenza, mi sono aspettato illuminazioni a go go.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. That still leaves the question why no individuals ever spontaneously opposed some particular injustice or iniquity they experienced, even if they did not act against the whole. Jekyll and Hyde It was never finished or even known to exist until, following Haffner’s death inhis son Oliver Pretzel who prepared the English translationfound it while going through his father’s papers.

The author, who describes his personal ssebastian of the time, pulls no punches and makes no excuses for the shift to radical nationalism in Germany in the s. This memoir of growing up in Germany as Hitler was coming into power offers a remarkable first-person story.

May 07, Eleanor rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is in many ways remarkably prescient, most notably about the Final Solution and the overall course of the war, and there have been challenges to its authenticity — addressed in a brief afterword by Haffner’s defing and translator Oliver Pretzel.

Defying Hitler

Rathenau and Hitler are the two men who excited the imagination of the German masses to the ddfying the one by his ineffable culture, the other by his ineffable vileness. The Best Books of He adopted the pseudonym Sebastian Haffner so that his family back in Germany would not be endangered by his writing.

In a digression that comes about two-thirds of the way through “Defying Hitler,” Haffner asks the reader why anyone should be interested in him, what possible significance his individual story could have given the magnitude of the events he’s describing. Inhe was forced to flee to Britain, where he worked as baffner journalist.

This, then, is the chapter that none of the film versions of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” have given us: Oct 20, Bobbie rated it it was amazing.

Haffner saw clearly the stakes of maintaining a private space haffndr all citizens.

Defying Hitler: A Memoir

El silencio no es una alternativa. Il mistero non si svela, la grande domanda sebzstian senza risposta, anche Haffner non aiuta. The most powerful dictators, ministers and generals are powerless against the simultaneous mass decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large. How accepting one step in the chain of events compromised the own conscience and made him vulnerable, culpable in his own eyes: Ecco, su questo Haffner non accende nessuna luce, non chiarisce nulla, non aggiunge niente alla conoscenza.


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 sebasstian he spent training as a lawyer.

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Although still incomplete, the book also has a more satisfactory ending. A Memoir Sebastian Haffner No preview available – Feb 10, Dana rated it really liked it.

Looking for beautiful books? Normality coupled with talent may make a politician popular. By not limiting his definition of history to the stories of the powerful who are often presumed to be the only ones to make itHaffner is, I think, committing an act of resistance.

Like a rising tide the individual is submerged in a sea of falsehood and the bombastic glorifications of nationalism and racism. Haffner describes, from the perspective of an ordinary person, the response to the Reichstag fire, the inaction of opposing leaders, the meek surrender of Communist and centrist popular militia, the Jewish boycott, and the steady erosion of freedom amid surface normality. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of But it’s hard to see how he could have gone any further.

Instead, it’s a slow erosion of the “I” Haffner even drops the word in his narrative as each personality is subsumed into the whole.

This book is rather frightening in that it shows how easily it happened without or This book is an account of what went on in Germany from the end of WWI to right before the start of WWII. But would any of us have acted more courageously in the face of such brutality, lawlessness, and evil? Inhe returned to Germany and became a distinguished historian and commentator.