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An excellent account of Hitler's successor.,
This review is from: Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days (Paperback)
Ten Years and Twenty Days is a direct reference to the 10 years Karl Doenitz spent as a U Boat commander and the 20 days he spent as Hitler's successor as Fuhrer of Germany.
Born in 1950 and growing up in a post-war Britain, we would play games where the Germans always lost - just like Cowboys and Indians. Much later in life, I began to research various ships and shipwrecks in connection with my scuba diving and I came across the name of Karl Doenitz time and again. Over many years I have come to respect this man for the way in which he conducted both himself and his branch of the war with Britain. Many British and Commonwealth sailors of the period considered him to be such an honourable enemy. It says much for the respect this man engendered that over 100 senior Allied Officers expressed their disappointment at his conviction and sentence. But then, to the victor go the spoils and the very person who succeeded Hitler was never going to remain a free man when others were being executed!
Having read so many accounts of this once great Admiral before reading his own memoirs, it is clear to me he was convicted of no more a crime than "being one of the enemy" and for that he served his ten years at Spandau. Others, of course, were directly responsible for the great human atrocities of WW2 and it was they who were either sentenced to death of life imprisonment.
I am sure there are those who will disagree with my assessment of this man - and, indeed, theirs may be more accurate. Nevertheless, this book reveals a great deal about an honourable man and is one which should be read by all those with an interest in Karl Doenitz the German Naval Officer in addition to Karl Doenitz the last Fuhrer - whose first task on succeeding Hitler was to seek peace.
I wish I could have met him!