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An unpited sacrifice.,
This review is from: Plotting Hitler's Death (Paperback)
The story of the German Resistance is not as well known as it should be. Here you have all the facts in one short book. It's an easy read, the equal of any thriller as one plot after another to kill or topple Hitler is dreamed up, only to fail, and also a good reference, containing all the facts, photographs and short biographies of all the main actors, a timeline, and a good index.
Reading this book, there were two things that amazed me. One is that Hitler seems to have led a charmed life. While unaware of the various plots against him, time and time again he avoided falling victim them, through sheer luck. The other is the way the German Resistance was ignored by the outside world, before, during and after the war.
I think there is a moral to the "story" in this book. Prior to the Second World War, almost none of the people who opposed Hitler realised just how dangerous he was. While they recognised that he was an evil person, and that his leadership was potentially disasterous, they all supposed that someone would do something about him before he did any real harm - the politicians, the businessmen, the military, the French or the British, the more sensible Nazis - obviously *someone* would stop him. While everyone waited for other people to do what they obviously ought to do, Hitler carried out his evil plans, unbothered by opposition.
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Burke.