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Courage beyond belief, 11 Sep 2007
If you didn't know this story was true, you would never believe it!
The courage, integrity and determination of newspaper correspondent Bill Shirer and his Austrian wife, Tess, as they faced the growing antisemitism and tyranny of the Nazi regime in 1930s Germany, are an inspiration for us lesser mortals.
Shirer faced increasing hostility from the Nazi propaganda machine as he strove to produce truthful reports for his American newpaper, and was eventually dismissed for refusing to compromise by a US media community in denial. Yet miraculously an opening for his message appeared in the new field of live radio, through which Shirer was able to reach an even greater audience than before.
He and Tess hid a Jewish family in their flat and managed to get them safely out of Berlin. They themselves finally had to flee Germany separately, Shirer eventually joining his wife in Portugal. Shirer escaped only seconds ahead of a Gestapo raid on his rented flat. He smuggled out his war memoirs in a trunk which he sent ahead via Gestapo headquarters!
You'll be on the edge of your seat throughout at the audacity and tenacity of this man, and will be challenged by his amazing courage. The insights it gives into a society descending into madness are spellbinding, and his books and war diaries are regarded as a foremost source document for the Third Reich.
It really is better than most fictional thrillers. Watch it; buy it; lend it to your friends!