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Hitler's Traitors (Paperback)

Dissent, Espionage and the Hunt for Resisters

Military WWII > Espionage & the SOE WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Edward Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 16 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399007368
Published: 30th September 2024


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This collection of vivid essays examines some of the most fascinating aspects of the German resistance to Hitler. It includes the first translations into English of pioneering studies on the role of a leading Nazi in the July Plot, the flight of Rudolf Hess to Britain and the vigorous controversy over Hugh Trevor-Roper’s investigation of Hitler’s death. The book also explores vociferous Catholic dissent in Franconia and the conspiracies against the Third Reich of the revolutionary New Beginning movement. Through the study of important personalities and dramatic events this book explores the possibilities and challenges faced by Germans in attempts to frustrate and defy Hitler’s tyranny.

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The History Fella

This collection of mesmerizing essays examines some of the most fascinating aspects of the German resistance to Hitler. Writes author-researcher-collector-author Edward Harrison who specializes in espionage history and Nazi Germany, “My collection includes the first translations into English of pioneering studies of a leading Nazi (Count Wolf-Heinrich von Helldorf) in the July plot; the flight of Rudolf Hess to Britain; and the vigorous controversy over Hugh Trevor- Roper’s investigation of Hitler’s death.”

ARGrunners Magazine

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A remarkable insight into the resistance to the NAZI regime and against Hitler himself. Some of the leaders of the resistance were against the national socialist movement in the first place while the majority supported Hitler and his policies in the 20’s and 30’s then became disillusioned. This pattern is not unusual with extreme regimes as has been evident during past and recent history however, this book shines a new light on this aspect of WWll in stark detail. What is also shows is the brutal retaliation that is meted out when the opposition is discovered as was meted out after the failed assassination attempt on Hitler in July 1944.
A fascinating addition to any WWII historian’s library.

NetGalley, Sandra Miller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Very interesting book, reading about those days and what happened as this is very important part of history that we need to learn to ensure never happens again.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Harrison has written a remarkable book that is very interesting . I have been a student of history for many years and the information in this book was new to me!. The fact that Hitler had enemies is not all that well known IMO, There were many attempts on his life. He felt he was divinely guided and the fact he escaped so many attempts on his life is one of the reasons his followers thought he was more than just a political leader. I found two aread of this book to be remarkable, Not that all of it isnt relevant to the history o the war but the information on Hess and his flight to England was very well put together and gives some things to think about. I have always doubted we knew the whole truth behind his flight but as with so much of history the winner tells the tale. The second area which was extremely interesting to me was the death of Hitler and the work of Trevor-Roper and his interviews of the people at the Chancellery at the end. There were many stories about his death and this book tells a tale that Ive never heard before. It is no wonder that the Allies wondered if he lived to see the war end. All in all a very worthwhile read and a great addition to WW2 history.

NetGalley, Patrick Carmen

Thank you for the opportunity to read Hitler's Traitors by Edward Harrison. It is a very well written and interesting insight in to the people who went against Hitler and how.

NetGalley, Laura Fayle

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4 stars

Let me start out with saying that I learned a great deal from this book. I found the stories fascinating. I am an avid follower of WWII history, and this book adds so much to my store of knowledge.

I have always been fascinated by the assassination attempts against Hitler. (Too bad none of them succeeded.) There were so many, but the dictator seemed to be lucky beyond measure.

The bungled interrogation of Rudolf Hess was very interesting. The British government missed a great opportunity to perhaps sow the seeds of doubt among the German citizens.

I hadn't heard of the second person in the series of stories. For me Count Wolf-Heinrich von Helldorf was a completely new character in the Nazi saga. von Helldorf was a mixed bag. One has to wonder at his ultimate motive. He went from a fervent, even fanatical supporter of Nazism to a plotter and resistor.

Baronet Waldemar von Knoeringen was another person I haven’t heard about. He was an idealist in stark contrast to von Helldorf, who was a selfish libertine. He was a follower of the Bavarian Social Democracy movement. He was with this group for more than thirty years. He violently opposed the Nazi regime from the beginning. He was dedicated to his cause and provided education and support for those who believed as well.

Mr. Harrison goes on to explain the “crucifix crisis” and the defeat of the supporters of crucifixes in Catholic and Protestant churches and schools. The Nazis demanded that they be removed.

Mr. Harrison closed his book with an extensive discussion on Hugh Trevor-Roper’s investigation into Hitler, Bormann and others deaths. This I found very interesting too.

NetGalley, Joyce Fox

This is a fascinating account which shows just how extensive Hitler’ s control and reach were. As readers will have come to expect from this publisher, this account is thoroughly researched and presented in a very readable, engaging way.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. The best of nonfiction. It was engaging and informative. History at its finest!

NetGalley, Lynn Beck

About Edward Harrison

Edward Harrison specialises in espionage history and Nazi Germany. After Christ Church Oxford, where he obtained first class honours in history, he did postgraduate research at Munich University and as Laming Junior Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford. He worked in Germany and taught history in universities in the US and UK. He was Visiting Professor at Detroit State University and held a Visiting Fellowship at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Rothschild Fellowship in History from the Churchill Trust. His media experience include German TV on Trevor Roper's famous enquiry into Hitler's death. His linguistic skills equip him for extensive research and comprise German, Latin, Greek, French, Italian, Polish, Russian and Japanese. He is the author of The Young Kim Philby (2012) and editor of HughTrevor-Roper's posthumous book The Secret World (2020).

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