The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police

The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police

by Frank McDonough

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A new, comprehensive exploration of the Gestapo from a renowned historian of the Third Reich.

Drawing on a detailed examination of previously unpublished Gestapo case files this book relates the fascinating, vivid and disturbing accounts of a cross-section of ordinary and extraordinary people who opposed the Nazi regime. It also tells the equally disturbing stories of the involvement of the German citizenry in the Gestapo’s surveillance and reveals the cold-blooded, efficient methods of the Gestapo officers. Despite its material constraints, the degree to which the group was able to manipulate—and collude with—the general public is as astonishing as it is chilling, for it reveals that the complicity of regular German citizens in the rendition of their associates, friends, colleagues, and neighbors was essential in allowing the Gestapo to extend its reach widely and quickly.

• Longlisted for 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and ranked one of the 100 Best Books of 2015 in the Daily Telegraph

• With access to previously inaccessible records, this is the fullest and most definitive account of the Gestapo yet published

The Gestapo will provide a chilling new doorway into the everyday life of the Third Reich and give powerful testimony from the victims of Nazi terror and poignant life stories of those who opposed Hitler's regime while also challenging popular myths about Hitler's secret police.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510714670
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 51,817
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Professor Frank McDonough is an internationally renowned expert on the Third Reich. He studied history at Balliol College, Oxford and gained a PhD from Lancaster University. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Origins of the First and Second World Wars and Hitler, Chamberlain and Appeasement. He has appeared on several TV and radio programs on the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the History Channel. He currently lives in Liverpool, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Becoming the Gestapo 11

Chapter 2 Gestapo Men and Methods 43

Chapter 3 Policing Religious Faith 60

Chapter 4 Hunting the Communists 93

Chapter 5 Denounce Thy Neighbour 130

Chapter 6 The Racial War against the 'Social Outsiders' 160

Chapter 7 Persecuting the Jews 191

Chapter 8 The Gestapo on Trial 224

Notes 253

Glossary of German Terms and Organisations 272

Sources and Bibliography 274

List of Illustrations 296

Acknowledgements 298

Index 301

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Gestapo 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting and very detailed account of the rise, development and structure of a pack of depraved gangsters, portraying a chilling view of the meaning of organized, institutionalized crime. All of the familiar names are covered, as well as numerous lesser known, but equally vicious wolves, whose stock in trade was murder, torture, theft, slavery and de-humanization. This story is a reminder that Mankind is not yet as civilized as we would like to believe, and remains far closer to the wilderness than to Eden. The author has first hand knowledge of much of what is described in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. When you are finished with this one read Winters Train. These books tie together beautifully
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder how a small group of men managed to gain controal of a country and terrorize the world? Read this book.
NCLegend More than 1 year ago
Much more than simply a sterile history of arguably the quintessential terror machine, this book presents a spellbinding and compelling look at the mazelike structure and the internal competition within the police organizations of Nazi Germany. If you are into why and how it happened, then this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far, I'm enjoying this book. It's a great historical piece.
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