Raimund Pretzel (27 December – 2 January ), better known by his pseudonym The manuscript of Defying Hitler, discovered posthumously by his son, Oliver Pretzel, is a memoir of the Nazis’ rise to power, as witnessed by Haffner. In Sebastian Haffner fled from Germany to England with his Jewish wife (“the story of a German”), translated into English now as Defying Hitler. “Defying Hitler” by Sebastian Haffner. A newly discovered memoir by a German classified as “Aryan” describes the insidious early spread of.

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Written inbut not publis A fascinating book written about the period of time between and in Germany, and more specifically, what it was hitlwr life for a typical German during Hitler’s rise to power, and how it was possible for an entire country to essentially sit by and let it happen.

Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize for Nonfiction It’s a wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone that is the bit interested in that period. By hiitler this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He imagines a typical reader’s reaction as “We should not be fobbed off with the private experiences of a young man who was not much better informed than we are, even if he was closer to the scene of these events and had no influence on them, who was not even a particularly well-placed witness.

Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner.


When the world is taken hostage by people with a clearly narcissistic, criminal agenda, we are in the same position as Haffner in the s. I can’t imagine living in such tumultuous times, but reading this book gives me a glimpse. 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.

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. In his introduction, Pretzel says that his father would not have been pleased by the book’s publication, that the cool, lucid historical journalist his father became was often embarrassed by the rawness of his early work. Why didn’t anyone do anything about it? Quotes from Defying Hitler. Different perspective than I have ever read regarding the rise of Hitler and Germany as a whole.


This world indeed is a scary place! He explains in detail and with background how the Nazi regime came about and the psychology of the German citizens at that time. If my experience of Germany has taught me anything, it is this: It was originally written in so before the outbreak of WWII when the author had just emigrated to the UK from his home in Germany.

His focus was specifically on the history of the German Reich — ; his books dealt with the origins and course of the First World Warthe failure of the Weimar Republicand the subsequent rise and fall of Nazi Germany under Hitler. The menace of monotony hangs, as it has always hung, over the great plains of northern and eastern Germany, with their colorless towns and their all too industrious, efficient, and conscientious business and organizations.

Fascinating true story about Germany during the rise of Hitler. He describes young men — halfheartedly at first — taking part in the Heil Hitlers and the singalongs.

Now we were the ones embodying an implicit threat of violence against all bystanders. I would have loved to read the rest of his journey.

But it’s hard to see how he could have gone any further. More By and About This Author. When we argued about certain opposites—freedom and slavery, for example, or nationalism and humanism, or individualism and socialism—the discussion always respected certain Christian, humanistic, civilized principles as axiomatic. We don’t have to be heroes, but sometimes, we have to choose sides.

Third, Htler notes what others like Patrick Leigh Fermor, when he walked through Germany at this time noted—that for millions in Germany, when the Nazis rose, they switched immediately from being Communist to being Nazi for, after all, both are fundamentally leftist religion-replacement ideologies.

I had to stand on tiptoe and strain my neck to decipher it. Ads are currently disabled. Selected pages Title Page. May 29, Melanie rated it it hitper amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. They stopped fighting it haffenr it fell apart step by step, and each step could somehow be justified, in a flawed way, of course, but as a single event not worth the cost of resistance. The passage that haunts me most is a dialogue between himself and his father, where he declares that his greatest fear is that war breaks out and he has to fight “on the wrong side”.


No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. However, because of differences between Astor, who had become the newspaper’s publisher, and hiyler London editorship regarding a divided Hifler, he became the German correspondent in Berlin ina position which he kept until the building of the Berlin Wall.

“Defying Hitler” by Sebastian Haffner

Haffner is considered as one of the most successful German authors in the history of the 19th and 20th century writing for a broad, nonacademic audience. The vast majority of memoirs that have come out of Hitler’s Germany have been written by Jews or others who were actively persecuted under Nazi rule.

It is chilling to see how quickly and thoroughly a group of thugs terrorised and subjugated a whole country. Il mistero non si svela, la grande domanda rimane senza risposta, anche Haffner non aiuta.

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? Jun 30, Alice rated it really liked it.

They don’t, things were exactly the same as before.

Sebastian Haffner – Wikipedia

I’m not familiar with Haffner’s later work which includes such books as “From Bismarck to Hitler” and “The Meaning of Hitler” but “Defying Hitler” is not an embarrassment to anyone who values lucidity and reason. It sure makes you think that we are not all immune from this happening. They were in uniform and of course hitlef A brilliant and clear examination of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to hatfner in s Germany. Ecco, su questo Haffner non accende nessuna luce, non chiarisce nulla, non aggiunge niente alla conoscenza.