The great question of WWII is ‘did the Anti-Nazi Resistance really exist?’. The idea of a German Resistance movement on the lines of those in Occupied Europe was created by British Intelligence. However, opposition to the Nazis increased in Germany as the war was being lost and there were many forms of opposition. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Traitors or Patriots? A Story of the German Anti-Nazi Resistance FILE: R2800 AUTHOR: Louis R Eltscher PUBLISHER: iUniverse BINDING: soft back PAGES: 426 PRICE: US$28.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, civilians at war, towns & cities, carpet bombing, victories, defeats, hardship, persecution, death camps, political infighting, Nazi, anti-Nazis
IMAGE: B2800.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y6hkftse LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The great question of WWII is 'did the Anti-Nazi Resistance really exist?'. The idea of a German Resistance movement on the lines of those in Occupied Europe was created by British Intelligence. However, opposition to the Nazis increased in Germany as the war was being lost and there were many forms of opposition. - Highly Recommended The author has researched thoroughly for this revised edition and provides an interesting, and in parts controversial, history of the opposition to the Nazis. This is a little known subject and he has cast fresh light on it as he reviews the elements of opposition by Germans against the Nazis and the progress of the war. It is a highly controversial subject because the Nazis genocide program created a deep hatred against all Germans as its extent was discovered in all of its horror. The hatred was compounded by the treatment of the people of the occupied nations and by the huge loss of life. As a result, 1945 saw Germans trying to distance themselves from the devastation and brutality by claiming that they opposed the Nazis, suggesting they were part of a huge resistance force. Certainly, the British intelligence services created a myth as part of their psychological warfare that there was a significant armed resistance by Germans that was directly fighting the Nazis in the same way as Resistance forces through Occupied Europe were fighting the Nazis with armed attacks, sabotage and intelligence gathering for the Allies. This effort has been credited for inspiring some real resistance, but it was also cynically adopted by Nazis as they tried to rewrite their war record or create false identities to escape punishment. We will never know how many of those seized by the Nazis were Germans really opposing the regime. Most where shot, worked to death, or killed in the gas chambers, and many were guilty of treason only in the eyes of the SS and Gestapo. From the beginning, there were Germans who were opposed to the Nazis but did not necessarily turn that opposition into direct acts. For most Germans the Nazis were heroes through the 1930s as they broke out of the Treaty that followed the end of WWI. Opponents generally kept very quiet not just because of the Gestapo but also because most of their fellow Germans would have regarded them a traitors and enemies of Germany. That situation continued into WWII and only began to change as defeat followed defeat and German towns were devastated by Allied bombing, with the air and naval blockade causing serious shortages of food and fuel. However, there were a few Germans, including many in the military intelligence, who saw the war as a dangerous situation for Germany from the start. Their numbers swelled as the Nazis were seen to be losing the war. This resulted in many attempts to kill Hitler and other high Nazi officials, but most of those involved saw themselves as patriots who wanted to at least create the opportunity for negotiated peace or even as a means of continuing the war with better management and at least resulting in victory over the Soviets. It was a very complex situation of motives, aims, effectiveness and political philosophy. The author has provide an excellent review of all of these factors.