Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul.
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Witnesses tell a horrible story of human nature and what can happen if we forget who we are and what we are capable of. The book is based on seventy hours of interviews she did with him while he was in prison in Austria in Stangl was moved from Hartheim to Sobibor, where he made the leap from running a euthanasia clinic to a death camp. While incarcerated, Stangl was interviewed by dereny biographer Gitta Sereny.
Anyone could have found him in twenty four hours. Sereny’s work also dagkness examines the role of Pope Pius XII — something I previously knew little about, so if you’re into that you’ll enjoy that part as well. Stangl wasn’t much of a man, she insists.
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The final tally of one million two hundred thousand deaths comes from the stationmaster, Franciszek Zabecki, who was also a member of the Resistance. Sereny wrote of her final book, The German Trauma This story is terrible as well as incredibly fascinating.
The content is certainly compelling, but the structure of the book had me slogging through it at times. Oct 07, Mara rated it it was amazing Shelves: What was the point of resisting? Together esreny a handful of former inmates this How do you examine the conscience of intl ordinary man who doesn’t really want to be examined?
Evil is not done by other people. His first step down the slippery slope was transferring farkness the political division of the CID in Wels, which was a hotbed of of illegal political activities by Communists, Socialists, and Nazis in In over seventy hours of interviews with Stangl, as well as in interviews with death camp survivors, guards, officers, priests, and with Stangl’s family, Gitta Sereny manages to hang on to her objectivity.
Stangl lived with what he’d done for decades. The realities of life – wife, three daughters – got in between him and his conscience. This one I could not turn away.
She fought gittq year battle with the historian David Irving and was often targeted with fascist hate mail. Gitta Sereny died this week at the age of 91, she was another hero of mine. Gitta, eventually, was also obliged to flee, first across the Pyrenees thzt Spain, then to the US. Explore the Home Gift Guide. It is always a difficult, asymmetrical relationship, particularly in this case, as Stangl’s secrets are so morally and spiritually destructive of his sense of self. Yet during his time at Treblinka and after the war in Brazil, he maintained a friendship with a Gustav Wagner, one varkness the camp’s officers who had a much worse reputation with the survivors.
The skills they acquired were put to new and bigger uses. I read Goldensohn’s Nuremberg interviews and felt sicker and sicker as they progressed.
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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Sereny took criticism in some early reviews for getting too close to some of her subjects. Today, thaat reaction to evil is either a synthetic tabloid fury or a post-modern discomfort with the idea of judgement itself.
Would I do so to protect my livelihood? Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka the largest of the extermination campsthis book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler’s final soulution.
Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Stangl himself is fascinating. You could imagine the husband coming up with similar outrageously callow justifications as he watched the trains arrive at Treblinka.
The most fascinating account of a twisted conscience I’ve ever read. He was not the commandant of Treblinka because he was simply following orders. Which is why her work is among the bravest and most significant literature of the century. He was ambitious, but not overwhelmingly. Her book on Stangl, Into That Darknessremains one of the best books on the Third Reich and established Gitta’s reputation as an authority on the history of the period. It becomes clear that Stanzl tried very hard to compartmentalize his role at Treblinka, stating frequently that he had nothing to do with the killings, that his job was the construction of the camps, and that he tried repeatedly to get reassigned but was unsuccessful.