The Gestapo: A History of Horror Hardcover – 19 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Jacques Delarue was a member of the French Resistance, and he enjoyed a long career with the Surete Nationale. He authored books on the Resistance, Charles de Gaulle, and the Algerian War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It is also translated from French, and it shows. Whether this is because the French phrasing has quirks in the original, or whether the translation is a bit clunky, I'm not sure. However, when one reads of Lubbe, the retarded Dutchman executed for starting the Reichstag fire, described as a "creature" and as "half-demented", you do rather wonder what is going on. It's not really the language you expect in a history book.
Finally, notwithstanding its title and even the chapter headings, this book covers quite different ground to what you might expect. In the wake of works like Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, I was expecting to read about how a police state was put into effect, and about how reliant it must have been on widespread co-operation. I was also expecting to read about why the Gestapo, and indeed US troops today, adopted torture as a means of extracting information, even though the evidence is that people under torture will say anything just to make it stop.
Instead, what you get here is an organisational history of the German fascist state.Read more ›
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