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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At least, this was the scenario for days delivering only western Jews to Treblinka; those arriving from the east in cattle trucks were herded viciously by sadistic guards who beat and whipped them into hysteria and ferociously drove them like animals through their final terror-stricken hours. Feb 21, Dimitri rated it really liked it Shelves: Order by newest oldest recommendations.

It therefore stands as a unique record. Den lilla judiska pojken som tack vare sitt medtagna dragspel drog vinsten i livslotteriet. He had a comfortable life, his family had a comfortable life, and it was easier to pretend he didn’t know anything about what was happening than it would have been to take his wife and children and disappear into exile.

This story is terrible as well as incredibly fascinating.

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His wife, when she found out he had joined the Nazi party, didn’t talk to him for weeks. Sereny wins his trust, and the portrait is fascinating. Even though I understood, somewhere under the surface, that “extermination” camps and “concentration” camps were different, the starkness of that contrast is made horribly clear in this book.

There is, I think, [for him] despair in all of this.

The first thing the author, Gitta Sereny, achieves is to gain Stangl’s trust. The grim realities of Nazism, however, soon began gigta affect her life in Vienna where she was, by then, a drama student. Mass murderer Franz Stangl, one-time commendant of the Treblinka death camp, died of heart failure 19 hours serent he spoke these words to the remarkable investigative journalist Gitta Sereny.


He was also ambitious. Comparatively, people like Wirth, Globocnik, or Mengele are straightforward cases of sadism and viciousness, completely unrelateable at any level.

Oct 29, Violet wells rated it really liked it Shelves: Gitat the trains reached the pretty little fake railway station, with its flower-filled window boxes and faux clock tower, the passengers sefeny the cattle cars had approximately one hour to When confronted with the idea of the Holocaust, I find the scope of the atrocities perpetrated against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals,and others whom the Reich considered as “undesirables” is inconceivable.

It remains a mystery why he was chosen for the post. The trains arrived in the morning, and the killing was finished by noon. His Battle with Truth One of the most morally transformative experiences one can have is to catch one’s own reflection in the face of the Nazi murderer.

Unlike a couple of his fellow policemen on the list who were murdered he escaped by dubiously being backdated as a Nazi member. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For the first time, in all these many days, I had given him no help. I read Goldensohn’s Nuremberg interviews and felt sicker and sicker as they progressed. knto

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The book also studies the role the Vatican played in helping former Nazis to escape. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Stangl, on the other hand, seems like a much more broken psyche perpetually at war with what he did; this makes him all the more frightening, because he’s far closer in mentality to people who were “just carrying out orders.

This is both a wonderful and terrible mediation on humanity, the slippage that leads from normality to atrocity, the hard truths and willing self-delusions of those participants.

The framework of what was to be her life’s work — the exploration of childhood trauma and the nature of evil — was in place. How could he not have thought about it? Apr 15, John Kammeyer-mueller rated it it was amazing. That is the most frightening thing of all. Gitta was frequently embattled, but rarely daunted. Sereny’s book weaves her conversations with Stangl with that of others that she interviewed within Stangl’s orbit — his wife, family, survivors of Treblinka, etc.


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 girta of the camps, and that he tried repeatedly to get reassigned but was unsuccessful.

Stangl considered the people he was killing to be “cargo” – so much baggage to be processed through the system. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka the largest of the five Nazi extermination campsthis book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler’s final solution.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is our work in this life to face up to this truth and do our best to work toward the former and away from the latter. My work is purely administrative Don, who died last year, was to prove a dereny humoured and profoundly supportive companion who accompanied Gitta through the long and painstaking research that became a hallmark of her work. Thirdly, she amasses enough material and understanding of his story to be able to judge him. I understand that the church was afraid to lose power and darknwss be doomed as well, but it comes down to a matter of faith, something the church is very good at practicing otherwise.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. But this time I said nothing. Una ricerca durata anni.

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The implication was clear; Stangl had been crushed by the culpability he denied for so many years. But I don’t do anything to anybody.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book is great.

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