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Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler
Red Orchestra The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler
Author: Anne Nelson
In this unforgettable book, distinguished author Anne Nelson shares one of the most shocking and inspiring - and least chronicled - stories of domestic resistance to the Nazi regime. The Rote Kapelle, or Red Orchestra, was the Gestapo's name for an intrepid band of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats (almost half of them women) wh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400060009
ISBN-10: 1400060001
Publication Date: 4/7/2009
Pages: 416
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Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Audio CD
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An outstanding book detailing the activities of numerous Germans, from all walks of life, who resisted the Nazis from the 30s into the midst of World War II. Unfortunately, it has an unhappy ending, as most were eventually rounded up by the Gestapo and, after being tortured, were killed.

One aspect of the book which I really appreciated was the coverage of the intelligence provided by this group to the Allies, including the Soviets. If they had been believed and properly supported by the Allies, instead of ignored, the war would have been shorter and many lives saved.

After the war, their resistance was under appreciated, except when distorted during the Cold War to create myths about who they were and what they fought for. Only recently, especially with this book, has their true story been revealed.


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