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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage beyond belief, 11 Sep 2007
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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!
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2008 09:35:03 BDT
Chris J says:
Good review, except for your third paragraph which gives the story away.

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Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2010 09:29:25 BDT
Naive? What was the other side then, the Nazi side. It did not gain great support. The NSDAP manipulated proportional representation and intimidated so many people they were terrified NOT to vote for this trivial minority party. It was the Socialists and Communist parties that let Hitler in, by refusing to work with one another. Hitler was chosen as Chancellor by President Hindenburg, as I recall, most people voted for a vast array of other parties, I could be wrong but I think there were over 30 different parties, so the liberal vote was split into factions. There were so many that Hindenburg had to try and bring them all together, although he hated the little corporal, as he held the most votes after the main two parties. Bit like Nick Clegg being made Prime Minster with a minority of votes. Then in 1933 Hiter abolished democracy and by April 1st pogroms (state intimidation and laws banning Jews from Civil Service etc. etc.) were being carried out by the State against innocent Jewish citizens. I don't think you understand what went on in this period from 1929 to 1932-33. Perhaps you should try and find out more. As to the Jews controlling the media, you say ARE mainly not were. Do you think that jews are still a threat to White Anglo Saxon Protestants. I am not talking about Israel, but your reference to Jewish interests, is very interesting. Do you really believe that. I have just added this dvd set to my basket. Thank you. Check these books out, not easy at all to read, but might explain a little bit more about why the Nazi's came to power, nothing to do with the Jews. Economic Conditions in Germany. (1930-1934)The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation: 11. Also try reading The War Against the Jews, 1933-45 or from the Nazi heirarchy perspective, perhaps the one major figure who came over as reasonable but even he was fooling himself. Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth. If you can't deal with these, or accept it, then why not read, a book, tens of millions of non-jews read constantly, a bit emotional perhaps, for a jew, The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
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