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From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layere From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution. This is a probing look at the Gestapo and the fanatics and megalomaniacs who made it such a successful and heinous organization—Barbie, Eichmann, Himmler, Heydrich, Müller. The Gestapo's notorious reign led to the murder of millions. The Gestapo is an important documentation of what they did and how they did it.


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From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layere From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution. This is a probing look at the Gestapo and the fanatics and megalomaniacs who made it such a successful and heinous organization—Barbie, Eichmann, Himmler, Heydrich, Müller. The Gestapo's notorious reign led to the murder of millions. The Gestapo is an important documentation of what they did and how they did it.

30 review for The Gestapo: A History of Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I read quite a bit of historical fiction set during WWII so I thought it would be a good idea to read an actual history in order to have a firmer grasp on the events. The madman and his Nazis gained power with astonishing speed and should serve as a warning to us all. In twelve short years, Himmler built an organization based upon absolute obedience regardless of what atrocious orders were handed down. And, this was prior to his monstrous development of the industrialized murder of millions. Thi I read quite a bit of historical fiction set during WWII so I thought it would be a good idea to read an actual history in order to have a firmer grasp on the events. The madman and his Nazis gained power with astonishing speed and should serve as a warning to us all. In twelve short years, Himmler built an organization based upon absolute obedience regardless of what atrocious orders were handed down. And, this was prior to his monstrous development of the industrialized murder of millions. This is an incredibly detailed account which is what a good examination of history should be. However, it is dated because much more information has been uncovered since its publication. We are told “never forget” and yet we do. We only need to look at Syria or Somalia (to name a few) for evidence of our amnesia.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    The word Gestapo can still send chills down one's spine as that organization was perhaps the most terrifying embodiment of a government's disregard for the value of human life in modern times....or maybe all times. Born from the SS, it was a veritable killing machine with unlimited power from 1933 until the defeat of Nazi Germany. Once an individual found themselves under scrutiny by the Gestapo, their chance of survival was practically nil. Even relatives of persons accused of "crimes against t The word Gestapo can still send chills down one's spine as that organization was perhaps the most terrifying embodiment of a government's disregard for the value of human life in modern times....or maybe all times. Born from the SS, it was a veritable killing machine with unlimited power from 1933 until the defeat of Nazi Germany. Once an individual found themselves under scrutiny by the Gestapo, their chance of survival was practically nil. Even relatives of persons accused of "crimes against the state" were not safe. The Gestapo was everywhere, watching, watching, watching. The author was a member of the French Résistance and luckily escaped with his life. Because the book was published in 1962, he had access to former Gestapo members, victims, diaries, and trial documents. His research is extensive and I felt that his facts were valid even though his hatred for the Gestapo practically leapt from the pages. It is sometimes difficult to follow the organizational chart (for lack of a better term) since the Gestapo was part of a complicated system but it did not deter me and I would recommend this book for a clear view of the Gestapo's crimes against humanity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    The narrator said some names weird, consequently I was hearing about people like Doctor "Hole In Bum" and Lt "Hoe Fucker". And frankly some of the phrasing was hilarious. "Penetrating the rear" happened a lot, but my personal favorite was when someone was "assigned to stiffen Hitler" but ended up being "reprimanded for a lack of firmness". I mean really. This was originally written in French, so I like to think the translator was just screwing with people. But really, this was very informative. I The narrator said some names weird, consequently I was hearing about people like Doctor "Hole In Bum" and Lt "Hoe Fucker". And frankly some of the phrasing was hilarious. "Penetrating the rear" happened a lot, but my personal favorite was when someone was "assigned to stiffen Hitler" but ended up being "reprimanded for a lack of firmness". I mean really. This was originally written in French, so I like to think the translator was just screwing with people. But really, this was very informative. I wouldn't recommend it for someone with only a passing interest in WWII history, its a bit intimidating. It's an exhaustive account, and even going into this knowing who everyone was and with some familiarity with events, I lost the thread of the book several times. And a little dry, even for a history book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    A. Sowards

    This was an informative book about an unpleasant subject. Some parts were more interesting than others, but I definitely learned a few new things. It’s a good place to go if you’re interested in some of the main villains of WWII but don’t want to read separate biographies on each of them. It also covered organizational issues, Nazi rivalries, and of course their crimes. I was struck with how quickly the Nazis were able to take over. I’ve read other histories of Nazi Germany (The Rise and Fall of This was an informative book about an unpleasant subject. Some parts were more interesting than others, but I definitely learned a few new things. It’s a good place to go if you’re interested in some of the main villains of WWII but don’t want to read separate biographies on each of them. It also covered organizational issues, Nazi rivalries, and of course their crimes. I was struck with how quickly the Nazis were able to take over. I’ve read other histories of Nazi Germany (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, for example), but this book really hit home how fast and how completely Hitler, Himmler, Goering, and their associates turned Germany into a police state. It’s frightening. The book was written by a Frenchman, and so it discusses the Gestapo and the SS in France more than it covers Holland or Belgium or Czechoslovakia. It had decent coverage of Poland and the Soviet Union. Probably 3.5 stars. The writing (a translation from French) was competent if not elegant. There were a few typos in the electronic version, but they weren’t too distracting. The kindle version is only $1.99.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Taisynn

    An intimate look into the rise and fall of the Gestapo This book explains and demonstrates the rise and fall of the Gestapo, the army, and even the rise of Hitler. It fully explains how a whole country could be forced to be silent as the tortures of the war, the concentration camps, and the persecution of Germans willing to stand up to such heinous acts. This is a must-read in order to better understand the Nazi's reasoning for what they did. I can only pray that our youth continue to study what An intimate look into the rise and fall of the Gestapo This book explains and demonstrates the rise and fall of the Gestapo, the army, and even the rise of Hitler. It fully explains how a whole country could be forced to be silent as the tortures of the war, the concentration camps, and the persecution of Germans willing to stand up to such heinous acts. This is a must-read in order to better understand the Nazi's reasoning for what they did. I can only pray that our youth continue to study what led to such heinous atrocities in the name of "loyalty."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Bujor

    A very informative and detailed book about Gestapo, the way it got to have so much control, the power struggle between Nazi leader and of course, the end of it all. It is definitely worth a try if you know at least a bit about World War 2, if you can remember numerous German names and if you want to learn more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ivan

    Just because the details exposed in this book are facts registered by the history and actually lived and suffered by so many people, we may believe the horrors described on this book were true. As Mr. Delarue himself says it, back in 1960 he took the text of this book directly from real registers raised during the malevolent years of Nazism. Since the information was taken directly from existent records -the text is organized and presented as a summary of those documents- this book deserves to be Just because the details exposed in this book are facts registered by the history and actually lived and suffered by so many people, we may believe the horrors described on this book were true. As Mr. Delarue himself says it, back in 1960 he took the text of this book directly from real registers raised during the malevolent years of Nazism. Since the information was taken directly from existent records -the text is organized and presented as a summary of those documents- this book deserves to be read, in order to learn how an evil man –Himmler- incredibly, in just 12 years, built a so intricate and obeying organization, aimed exclusively to restrict liberty, submit millions of people in various European countries and built death factories around Europe for efficiently kill millions of human beings. Really, the devil exists. We must be conscious that provided the convenient circumstances; such an organization may appear again. Although interesting, the book is a little bit difficult to read because too many uncommonly words are used. The original was written in French Language and perhaps the translator used frequently the dictionary, hence, many words relate with that language and even though correct, some have a sort of forced meaning into the phrase where they are located, therefore, the reason for me to give 4 stars to this book. I fully recommend this book, which is a reflection of what is at present happening and preparing to come in some Latin-American countries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Insightful and interesting. Discussed the primary minds behind the Gestapo and the S.S. like; Himmler, Heydrich, and Goering to name a few. Discusses the birth of National Socialism and explains the drama of that scandalous Roehm. Some of the things that will continue to run through my head was an interesting tidbit concerning the Nazi "breeding farms" between select prized Aryan individuals who could produced fine Nordic specimens for the Reich. The interesting part concerned a study made som Insightful and interesting. Discussed the primary minds behind the Gestapo and the S.S. like; Himmler, Heydrich, and Goering to name a few. Discusses the birth of National Socialism and explains the drama of that scandalous Roehm. Some of the things that will continue to run through my head was an interesting tidbit concerning the Nazi "breeding farms" between select prized Aryan individuals who could produced fine Nordic specimens for the Reich. The interesting part concerned a study made sometime in the 1950's that tested the intelligence of these babies raised by the Reich and found that they scored, on a whole, infinitely lower than other children. Another fact that I was aware of about the Nazi use of Jewish "human parts" like, fat for soap and hair for socks and slippers. But the thing that haunts me was that in 1945, 7 tons of human hair was found. I was trying to think of how horrible that must have been. Seven tons of human HAIR!! Decompression chamber experiments were equally revolting. In fact, the author simply wrote at times that the tortures were "too indescribable" or "too revolting to convey." In all, a great book to add to any WWII history buffs collection.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    Very dense and detailed in the material. World War II is one my of my favorite historical topics, but I think this would be a difficult book for someone unfamiliar with general knowledge about the Nazi party and various parts. The author spent little time with backstory and the reader needed to be somewhat familiar with names, conflicts, etc. But, this allowed for a more in depth exploration about the "in's and out's" of the Gestapo, which I appreciated.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Given that this book was written in fifties and the topic is very close to the author (who was a victim of the Gestapo), its a very interesting description of how the Gestapo worked, the infighting, the total control, and just how quickly ordinary people can be corrupted in the right situation. The book is a bit dated and does not have some of the more recent information regarding that era. But it presents just how terrifying and brutal they were and how good they were at control. Its interestin Given that this book was written in fifties and the topic is very close to the author (who was a victim of the Gestapo), its a very interesting description of how the Gestapo worked, the infighting, the total control, and just how quickly ordinary people can be corrupted in the right situation. The book is a bit dated and does not have some of the more recent information regarding that era. But it presents just how terrifying and brutal they were and how good they were at control. Its interesting because there are many similarities between the Gestapo and the KGB. It would be interesting to get the author's comparison.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Hartman-maatman

    A big book but such a great read. Every detail of one of the most evil organizations of the second world war is described. Who were these people and how did they get so much power and how could they do all those horrible things every day and still go home every night. Because the author is French, a lot of the book is about France, which is a little annoying sometimes. But overal I really liked the book and recommend it to everyone...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Peace

    An extremely unpleasant, even horrific read. And a requisite one, both for those who are glad that hellishness is over and those ever alert for a present day redux. You can, and should, read for yourselves the grisly horror of the Nazis, and perhaps worse, the at best cowardice and at worst, the silent and self-serving confirmation and support of the atrocities by the German populace. But hear what Delarue says in summation:"The crimes of Nazism are not the crimes of one nation. Cruelty, a taste An extremely unpleasant, even horrific read. And a requisite one, both for those who are glad that hellishness is over and those ever alert for a present day redux. You can, and should, read for yourselves the grisly horror of the Nazis, and perhaps worse, the at best cowardice and at worst, the silent and self-serving confirmation and support of the atrocities by the German populace. But hear what Delarue says in summation:"The crimes of Nazism are not the crimes of one nation. Cruelty, a taste for violence, the religion of force, ferocious racialism, are not prerogatives of a period or of a people. They are of all ages and of all countries....but let a regime come which not only liberates these terrible impulses but makes a virtue of them... in which gentleness, kindness, pity, respect for law, and a taste of freedom were no longer virtues, but inexpiable crimes. It was a world in which one could only obey by crawling, killing on orders, and dying oneself in silence...It was a world where people exterminated for pleasure and where murderers were treated as heroes....If a people is subjected to a regime composed of obsessional propaganda, terror, total militarization, denunciation, and surveillance...if criminals are glorified; if a nation is deprived of all morality and persuaded that is an elect people...the final result will always be the same....What people could resist a similar regime tomorrow? ...And who will be tomorrow's victims?"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cerisaye

    Listened to the audiobook, with some distracting mispronunciations and odd emphases. Takes forever to get to the Gestapo, so you get not only how the Gestapo was formed but a whole background history of how Hitler and the National Socialists came to power, and what they did once they seized it, the Reichstag fire, Night of the Long Knives, etc. Comic book caricature descriptions of big-name Nazis, all grotesque monsters with odd physical attributes, no banality of evil. Written by a French survi Listened to the audiobook, with some distracting mispronunciations and odd emphases. Takes forever to get to the Gestapo, so you get not only how the Gestapo was formed but a whole background history of how Hitler and the National Socialists came to power, and what they did once they seized it, the Reichstag fire, Night of the Long Knives, etc. Comic book caricature descriptions of big-name Nazis, all grotesque monsters with odd physical attributes, no banality of evil. Written by a French survivor of Gestapo treatment in the early 1960s so based on old research (from transcripts of the Nuremberg trials, for e.g.) and memoirs therefore out-of-date compared with modern histories of this well-researched period. It's chilling, insightful and comprehensive, almost too much detail to be honest, which bogs down the narrative. At times it was like dipping into one of J Robert Janes' St-Cyr and Kohler crime novels set in Occupied France- Delarue's book must be one of his sources- only this account of terror, intimidation and executions is all too horribly real, ruthless repression of resistance, torture, deportations to concentration camps (the last convoy left Paris the week before liberation in August 1944). A rather dry read but an informative one, interesting to anyone wanting to know more about the Gestapo and how it operated throughout the Nazi period. Dated but still valuable as a source and a history.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan Clemente

    Not an easy read If you are squeamish, I would not recommend reading this book. However, if you are a history buff, especially a WWII history buff, I do recommend reading it. It is well written, well researched, and informative. I learned things I had not previously known. I didn't go with 5 stars because I found I would get confused trying to follow the various intricate Nazi organizations. After reading this book, I'm not sure who was more evil - Hitler or Himmler. I feel it is important to rea Not an easy read If you are squeamish, I would not recommend reading this book. However, if you are a history buff, especially a WWII history buff, I do recommend reading it. It is well written, well researched, and informative. I learned things I had not previously known. I didn't go with 5 stars because I found I would get confused trying to follow the various intricate Nazi organizations. After reading this book, I'm not sure who was more evil - Hitler or Himmler. I feel it is important to read these types of books because we need to be reminded of the capacity some people have for evil in order to prevent such people from gaining the power the Nazis had.

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Grimes

    How to accurately reflect on a writing of such sheer horror... Took me awhile to read this one, as it is not good bedtime reading, nor something that you can read just a few pages at a time. As a historical reference, however, it is definitely top notch. At times a bit organizational heavy. (Such as descriptions of each of the subdivisions within a particular branch of the Gestapo...) However, at the same time, it's necessary to show the breadth and scope of the organization itself. I'd recommend i How to accurately reflect on a writing of such sheer horror... Took me awhile to read this one, as it is not good bedtime reading, nor something that you can read just a few pages at a time. As a historical reference, however, it is definitely top notch. At times a bit organizational heavy. (Such as descriptions of each of the subdivisions within a particular branch of the Gestapo...) However, at the same time, it's necessary to show the breadth and scope of the organization itself. I'd recommend it to history buffs, or those needing a reference material, but otherwise? Probably something to avoid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I am fascinated by WW2 biographies and novels. Included in that fascination is the horrendous Nazi regime and everything surrounding it. I still can hardly grasp how man’s inhumanity to man plunged to such a low point. This book, however, did not hold my interest. It was written from a historians viewpoint, and went deep into the weeds with nearly every incident outlined. I found it very frustrating. Once I discovered his style, and realized I didn’t like it, I skimmed the balance of the book a I am fascinated by WW2 biographies and novels. Included in that fascination is the horrendous Nazi regime and everything surrounding it. I still can hardly grasp how man’s inhumanity to man plunged to such a low point. This book, however, did not hold my interest. It was written from a historians viewpoint, and went deep into the weeds with nearly every incident outlined. I found it very frustrating. Once I discovered his style, and realized I didn’t like it, I skimmed the balance of the book and picked up a few interesting facts. Otherwise, I’d suggest you pass.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gmaharriet

    The evil described in this book would be incredible if not for the documentation and sworn statements of the people who survived. So many innocent civilians died at the hands of these monsters. Although the book sometimes bogs down in details about inpronoucible names and the dates jump around a bit, any previous reading about WWII and Nazi Germany helps to tie it all together. Let us hope, never again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    MRB

    This is mostly a review of the major players, so if you have a working knowledge of NAZI history then this is mostly redundant. The exception is this author presents the Riechstag fire as an unqualified NAZI conspiracy which is probably not true. I had hoped to learn more about the how the system worked to it's effect. It is more a personality study.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Garry

    An informative and interesting read. At times a little too detailed. Still fascinating. The width and reach of the organization is matched only by its leader's blind ambition and devotion to his own bizarre beliefs; it is incredible to watch this man rearrange the deck chairs and fight savagely for the best view while the Titanic (Nazi Germany) sinks increasingly rapidly into defeat.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barry Edstene

    At this point I am just 1/3 of the way through what I am finding to be an excellent depiction of the facts that have been long egnoried by most of us. The German's under Hitler became the worst thing humanity has ever suffered. We need to review and understand what really went on. It can happen again and if we do not understand our past we cannot see our future. So far a great read, I will get back to you in a day or two. Well that day or two took eight. This book is one of the best researched th At this point I am just 1/3 of the way through what I am finding to be an excellent depiction of the facts that have been long egnoried by most of us. The German's under Hitler became the worst thing humanity has ever suffered. We need to review and understand what really went on. It can happen again and if we do not understand our past we cannot see our future. So far a great read, I will get back to you in a day or two. Well that day or two took eight. This book is one of the best researched that I have found about the most sinister groups to ever plague the world. The organizations and the men who conceived and ran them are hard to comprehend, but historicl facts and document's prove that they were not only with us, but what they were.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Disturbing, but that's the truth of the matter. I was hoping learn more about the intricacies of the Gestapo, and less details of the Holocaust, though I know they go hand in hand. I'm just trying to understand how and why it was allowed to exist in the world theater.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gary Bearden

    Informative I've read many WW II books. This is among the better ones at giving a historic view and also being readable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony J. Cantele

    Too many confusing Nazi names & places that add nothing to the book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Leslie

    This is an excellent history of how the Gestapo became the powerful organization it became in Nazi Germany and the men who vied for leadership of what became an all-encompassing, multinational police force. The Gestapo was revered and reviled, depending on your political and social stance. It brought fear into the lives of not only non-Aryans, but for the whole German population. The terror of torture and death was always present and anyone could denounce their neighbor for expressing any opinio This is an excellent history of how the Gestapo became the powerful organization it became in Nazi Germany and the men who vied for leadership of what became an all-encompassing, multinational police force. The Gestapo was revered and reviled, depending on your political and social stance. It brought fear into the lives of not only non-Aryans, but for the whole German population. The terror of torture and death was always present and anyone could denounce their neighbor for expressing any opinion other than the Nazi Party's ideology. The book did not go into the ways members of the Gestapo tortured and murdered people, but very much focuses on a general theme of perceived betrayal by those in the organization and how the leaders were mostly resentful of others' posts and also the immortality of the men who were the big wigs. This book was a very good read. The author traces the way the Gestapo slowly incorporated other departments of Hitler's police and espionage units and became the monster it did. Delarue also gives insight into the lives of Himmler, Goering and the others, denoting their resentments and jealousies and how each was determined to stay in Hitler's good graces., as well as the Reich's army. I would recommend this book to any student who studies WWII history. I found it to be thorough and well-researched. Like any history book, there is a bibliography that would give you further reading opportunities on the subject of the Gestapo.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    "The human being is a dangerous wild animal. In normal periods his evil instincts remain in the background, held in check by the conventions, habits, laws, and criteria of civilization, but let a regime come which not only liberates these terrible impulses but makes a virtue of them, then from the depths of time the snout of the beast reappears, tears aside the slender disguise imposed by civilization, and howls the death cries of forgotten ages. . . The German example is already fading. Already "The human being is a dangerous wild animal. In normal periods his evil instincts remain in the background, held in check by the conventions, habits, laws, and criteria of civilization, but let a regime come which not only liberates these terrible impulses but makes a virtue of them, then from the depths of time the snout of the beast reappears, tears aside the slender disguise imposed by civilization, and howls the death cries of forgotten ages. . . The German example is already fading. Already in the four corners of the world the survivors, those who regret the passing of Nazism, are sniffing at the changing wind. If men have short memories, if the circumstances prove favorable, when times of trouble or the absence of solid safeguards permit it, the bloody tide could once more be unleashed."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica jefishr

    Interesting An in-depth look at the gestapo and their rise to power. The politics are very detailed and it focuses on a different aspect than most ww2 books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    John McDonald

    As researched and descriptive as any work of history I have ever read, the book and it author make no apologies for describing the authoritarianism, criminality, and depravity of a complex organization created expressly to depress dissent, herd and transport minorities--Jews, Catholics, Czechs and Poles, Gypsies, virtually all non Aryan peoples--to their deaths, with a specific emphasis on experimenting on human beings for the purposes of improving the conditions of German soldiers and the Germa As researched and descriptive as any work of history I have ever read, the book and it author make no apologies for describing the authoritarianism, criminality, and depravity of a complex organization created expressly to depress dissent, herd and transport minorities--Jews, Catholics, Czechs and Poles, Gypsies, virtually all non Aryan peoples--to their deaths, with a specific emphasis on experimenting on human beings for the purposes of improving the conditions of German soldiers and the German people. It is a long, depressing chronicle, but one that is authoritative because of the LaRue's knowledge, research and personal goals in writing it because of the knowledge he gained as an agent of resistance forces.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Phil Geusz

    This is an older book, which means it doesn't benefit from the most recent research. It's also translated from French, which means that perhaps the prose doesn't ring as powerfully as when read in the original language. Yet, this book contains one key element which nearly all modern works must by definition lack. The author-- who also is clearly fully qualified in the academic sense to deal with his subject matter-- was not only there, but personally spent time in a Gestapo prison. "First hand r This is an older book, which means it doesn't benefit from the most recent research. It's also translated from French, which means that perhaps the prose doesn't ring as powerfully as when read in the original language. Yet, this book contains one key element which nearly all modern works must by definition lack. The author-- who also is clearly fully qualified in the academic sense to deal with his subject matter-- was not only there, but personally spent time in a Gestapo prison. "First hand research" of this sort is simply irreplaceable in a work like this. As a result the book absolutely reeks of the evil done by these men, as well it should.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Very good and definitely informative! Just as the subject of my review states; this is a very informative book. It would take too long to go into detail. But this book lays out everything about the Nazi Germany; from the planning of the taking of Germany, the atrocities starting at Hitler's Chancellory, Hitler's suicide, the "infighting" of who would take over the Reich. And all how the Gestapo had a HUGE role throughout the entire period. The major players of course are mentioned, along with nam Very good and definitely informative! Just as the subject of my review states; this is a very informative book. It would take too long to go into detail. But this book lays out everything about the Nazi Germany; from the planning of the taking of Germany, the atrocities starting at Hitler's Chancellory, Hitler's suicide, the "infighting" of who would take over the Reich. And all how the Gestapo had a HUGE role throughout the entire period. The major players of course are mentioned, along with names not as known beyond high school history and TV documentaries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    James Wharton

    Originally published in 1962, this book is a good, if long, introduction to a dark period in modern world history. The author is French and suffered at the hands of the Gestapo. I liked that the author spent some time explaining external military and political events so as to provide a frame of reference for how the Gestapo developed. He also suggests actions by external actors that could have deterred this development. Most of the book is devoted to Gestapo history in Germany and France. As such, Originally published in 1962, this book is a good, if long, introduction to a dark period in modern world history. The author is French and suffered at the hands of the Gestapo. I liked that the author spent some time explaining external military and political events so as to provide a frame of reference for how the Gestapo developed. He also suggests actions by external actors that could have deterred this development. Most of the book is devoted to Gestapo history in Germany and France. As such, it is not a complete history of the Gestapo.

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