By Hans Mommsen

ISBN-10: 1860647456

ISBN-13: 9781860647451

Possible choices to Hitler: German Resistance below the 3rd Reich КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: I B Tauris & Co LtdАвтор(ы): Hans MommsenЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2003Количество страниц: 320ISBN: 1-86064-745-6Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 1.64 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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Those of the resistance who survived saw themselves in continuing political isolation and some, like Theodor Steltzer and Paulus van Husen, mourned the path being taken to multi-party democracy in Bonn. In East Germany the communist resistance groups found themselves largely sidelined, though not as completely as the 40 ALTERNATIVES TO HITLER middle-class democratic members of the resistance. In both halves of Germany the political initiative fell again to the political elites that had become prominent in the Weimar years.

Despite their misgivings about assassination and thus about deliberate intervention in the historical process, from 1942 onwards the two men actively dedicated themselves to overthrowing the regime. Once aware of the full extent of the impending moral, military and political catastrophe, they saw they could no longer merely wait on events. Under those circumstances the boundaries between piecemeal criticisms, open opposition and active resistance were necessarily fluid. For this reason it is fruitless to attempt a conceptual distinction between active resistance and other forms of non-cooperation and anti-Nazi behaviour.

CHAPTER 2 German society and resistance to Hitler It is nearly 60 years since the 20th July Plot of 1944 failed to bring an end to the destructive frenzy of the Nazi reign of terror. Today there are at least two reasons why it is necessary to reassess it. First, it has to be situated in the history of German resistance to Hitler in the light of new research and of the paradigm shift in our overall picture of the Nazi era. Second, as an essential element of German and European history, it presents a challenge to presentday politics.

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