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The Ulrich Von Hassell Diaries, 1938-1944: The Story of the Forces Against Hitler Inside Germany [Hardcover]

Ulrich Von Hassell

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30 Aug 2010
Without doubt, Ulrich von Hassell was one of the most important members of the German Resistance: this is the first complete edition of his wartime memoir with new material from his grandson, Agostino von Hassell.Von Hassell began working for the German Foreign Office in 1909, then aged 28. Two years later, he married Ilse von Tirpitz, the daughter of Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz.After being wounded in the First Battle of the Marne, he worked as the Admiral s advisor and private secretary.Hassell joined the Nazi Party in 1933, but strongly opposed the Anti-Comintern Pact (1937) and was sacked by Ribbentrop from his posting in Rome. After Poland was attacked, he led a delegation to allay European fears of further German aggression. He participated in plans to overthrow Hitler, acting as a liaison between Carl Goerdeler, Ludwig Beck and the Kreisau Circle and attempted to recruit Halder, Fromm and Rommel to the idea of a military coup then a negotiated peace. He also used his position on the Central European Economic Congress committee to discuss with Allied officials what could follow a coup d état in Germany.He played the role of a principal civilian advisor in the July Plot of 1944 and was executed after a two-day trial.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; 2011 Reprint edition (30 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325531
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight into the Third Reich 23 Jun 2011
By Alexander - Published on
I first became aware of Ulrich von Hassell while studying for my Ph.D. comprehensive exams. He was quoted again and again in the secondary literature dealing with the Third Reich and World War II. Later, while writing my dissertation, I found his diaries to be invaluable while searching for contemporary commentary on people and events of the Nazi period. He knew the decision-makers and was a thoughtful chronicler of the developments from 1938 until just before his execution shortly after the July 20, 1944 plot against Hitler.

Ulrich von Hassell was a diplomat during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. The culmination of his diplomatic career was the post of Ambassador to Rome from 1932 to 1938. After he was recalled - a result of both Nazi mistrust of the aristocracy and his opposition to the Anti-Comintern Pact - he joined the Council for Central European Economy, which gave him the freedom to travel throughout Germany and Europe, where he met with potential members of the German resistance and tried to enlist Allied support for action against Hitler. The book's introduction and preface do a good job of explaining Hassell's life and putting his role in the resistance into context.

The diary itself is fascinating. It is extremely readable and show the perspective of a German patriot who was becoming increasingly horrified with the developments in Nazi Germany. The entries include his reactions to Reichskristallnacht, the start and progress of World War II, and attempts to enlist the support of people against Hitler's regime. His descriptions of meetings with leading Nazis and members of the resistance make you feel that you are in the room listening to the conversations. His commentaries on family matters bring him to life.

This edition is much expanded from the earlier edition I used. It includes numerous photographs as well as a description of the events that took place after Hassell was arrested, written by his son and wife.

Highly recommended for both scholars and general readers interested in the Third Reich.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal 25 Mar 2013
By slim57 - Published on
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This book was listed as used, but appears new, and arrived well wrapped and protected. The book itself is fascinating,and causes one to look closely at what is happening now in our country. I bought it because VonHassell is possibly in the family tree, but aside from that it is a well written, and an interesting account of a horrible time in history from the point of view of a German patriot. He loved his country, hated what Hitler was doing to it, and paid with his life trying change the course of history. I highly recommend both the book and the provider.
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