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Ulze Boysen the glamorous Luftwaffe intelligence officer who smuggled anti Nazi information to allies abroad; his wife Libertas a social butterfly who coaxed favors from an unsuspecting Göring; John Sieg a railroad worker from Detroit who publicized Nazi atrocities from a Communist underground printing press; and Greta Kuckhoff’s husband Adam a theatrical colleague of Brecht’s who found employment in Goebbels’s propaganda unit in order to undermine the regimeFor many members of the Red Orchestra these audacious acts of courage resulted in their tragic and untimely end These unsung individuals are portrayed here with startling and sympathetic power As suspenseful as a thriller Red Orchestra is a brilliant account of ordinary yet bold citizens who were willing to sacrifice everything to topple the Third Reich. The received wisdom of the Holocaust is that all the Jews went passively to their deaths like so many sheep and all Germans either committed heinous war crimes or stood passively by and allowed them to happen There is also the notion that only Jews died in concentration camps Then if you re like me and find history fascinating you read and learn about the Warsaw Ghetto and Sobibor and partisan groups of all kinds even Jewish ones You learn about the resistance movements in various places and the very real conseuences to taking part in them The literature both fictional and non fictional is rich and worthwhile Yet this is the first time that I ve really understood that there was an active resistance inside Germany Yes I knew that the communists and trade unionists and social democrats and lots of anything else that can be imagined were purged pretty much throughout the time leading up to the war and during the war itself Yes I knew that there were a number of different conspiracies to assassinate Hitler What I didn t know about was the Rote Kapelle the Red Orchestra and the gripping story of their courageous resistance from within the highest echelons of German society and the horrible price they paid for itNelson s book documents this group in intricate well researched detail using as many primary sources as she could get her hands on Often characterized as Soviet spies the group was actually filled with artists and intellectuals who passed along information to the Soviets but who also organized and participated in various resistance efforts in their community The horror of it all is that it was the sheer ineptitude of the Soviets that ultimately got them caught and executed The sheer enormity of the risks these people took for so very little gain was both inspiring and terribly tragic The cast of characters is large but Nelson does a great job of telling this story I d like to say that the aftermath of their sacrifice was justice for the people who perpetrated their deaths but those individuals were protected by the US in a misguided attempt to fight the demons of communismLastly I was struck by the information that over a period of twelve years almost 3000000 Germans were in and out of concentration camps and penitentiaries for political reasons About 800000 were arrest for overt anti Nazi acts of these only 300000 were still alive after the war so about 500000 died resisting the Nazi governmentThe thirties and the run up to the War and the War itself are crucial to understanding the world today So much of history repeats itself again and again the information we have the nuanced our view the prepared we will be to fight fascism wherever it occurs

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In this unforgettable book distinguished author Anne Nelson shares one of the most shocking and inspiring–and least chronicled–stories of domestic resistance to the Nazi regime The Rote Kapelle or Red Orchestra was the Gestapo’s name for an intrepid band of German artists intellectuals and bureaucrats almost half of them women who battled treacherous odds to unveil the brutal secrets of their fascist employers and oppressorsBased on years of research featuring new information and culled from exclusive interviews Red Orchestra documents this riveting story through the eyes of Greta Kuckhoff a German working mother Fighting for an education in 1920s Berlin but frustrated by her country’s economic instability and academic sexism Kuckhoff ventured to America where she immersed herself in jazz Walt Disney movie. RED ORCHESTRA by Anne NelsonAnne Nelson who wrote the play I did last spring THE GUYS has revealed in this book a facet of her wide ranging persona I was not initially aware of when I worked with her in April I knew she was a renowned war correspondent playwright human rights reporter and professor but I hadn t known she was also a historian I ve just finished her book RED ORCHESTRA and am thrilled particularly thrilled as one is when one finds something a friend has done has been done extremely well to recommend itRed Orchestra or Die Rote Kapelle is the name given to Germans who formed the underground resistance to Hitler and the Nazis inside Germany Some were members of the military or elite society some were artists and intellectuals some were simple working people but all were devoted to bringing about the collapse of the Nazi regime and an end to its horrific abuses The book is a sad chronicle of the times particularly sad because so much of the bravery and effort exhibited by these women and men went for naught Case after case is illustrated wherein Herculean attempts were made to assassinate Hitler or to convey to the countries allied against the Nazis the scope of the holocaust under way in Germany and to provide help in defeating Germany s war and murder machine only to see chance or stupidity or arrogance defeat the effort In the end thousands of Germans loyal to the idea of a humane and free Germany paid with their lives for their refusal to bow down before dictatorship and even then many of their stories were distorted and radicalized for political purposes by the victorious Anglo American and Soviet governments What is left is a dramatic and powerful story of human bravery in the face of near certain death and an understanding of how easily nations can be corruptedAdditionally RED ORCHESTRA provides a concise and extremely clear picture of what life in Germany was like between the World Wars and exactly how events progressed as a defeated and dispirited nation turned itself into a juggernaut of hate under the leadership of evil spiteful remorseless men I ve never understood so clearly before the sense of progression as the Nazis arose from the ashes of World War I on their road to destiny and infamyThis is a terrific book full of intimate detail and insight I swear I d think so even if the author weren t a friend of mine But if she weren t I d probably never have known about this book nor about the men and women of the so called Red Orchestra who stood up against evil when doing so was at the cost of life itself

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S and the first stirrings of the New Deal When she returned to her homeland she watched with anguish as it descended into a totalitarian society that relegated her friends to exile and detention an environment in which political extremism evoked an extreme responseGreta and others in her circle were appalled by Nazi anti Semitism and took action on many fronts to support their Jewish friends and neighbors As the war raged and Nazi abuses grew in ferocity and reach resistance was the only possible avenue for Greta and her compatriots These included Arvid Harnack–the German friend she met in Wisconsin–who collected anti Nazi intelligence while working for their Economic Ministry; Arvid’s wife Mildred who emigrated to her husband’s native country to become the only American woman executed by Hitler; Harro Sch. For many months I ve thought the world is upside down with doublespeak lies and propaganda A friend assures me it has always been so Red Orchestra is the story of the Berlin resistance a politically diverse group of individuals who had the moral courage to oppose Hitler at grave peril What shocked me was not the monstrosities of the Nazis I grew up in the 60s and 70s The term Nazi was an euphemism for evil I knew about that with the pride of an American the good guys No what shocked me was the indifference of the Americans and the politically expedient choices that were made The British and especially Soviets and as well as the Americans made their work complicated and dangerous As late as 1939 Arvid Harnack offered his assistance to Americans the US rejected him and continued to sell weapons to Germany After the war CIC US intelligence sent Roeder the very men who had tortured them literally after the survivors in the name of anti communism The injustice of it turns my stomach3000000 Germans were in an out of concentration camps for resisting political reasons After the war Eric Boehm tried to chronicle them He specifically notes how propaganda prevented us from getting an accurate picture of what was happeningBegs the uestion what will future generations say about us Propaganda is convenient We What will they say of our government refusing to officially acknowledge the Armenian holocaust A friend advised me we needed Turkey politically Have we learned nothing I would say that comment could have been taken right out of this book with just the names changingWhere in the world is propaganda skewing the facts What excuses are we making

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • Red Orchestra The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler
  • Anne Nelson
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 9781400060009

10 thoughts on “Red Orchestra The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler

  1. says:

    This book covered a group of Germans opposed to Hitler’s regime before and during WWII They were mostly upper class and mostly connected with the film or literary industry During that time any opposition to the ruling regime was a crime so the members of the group were risking their lives to follow their cons

  2. says:

    A wonderfully researched book that brings to life on its pages the people that resisted the Nazi's from the inside These people risked everything to expose the evils of the Nazi party; the moral and ethical dilemmas they faced are laid bare on the pages It gives a view of life in Berlin and the paranoiac and fear that ruled it A book full of political intrigue and chances lost it draws you in to the story and does not let you go until the

  3. says:

    RED ORCHESTRA by Anne NelsonAnne Nelson who wrote the play I did last spring THE GUYS has revealed in this book a facet of her wide ranging persona I was not initially aware of when I worked with her in April I knew she was a renowned war correspondent playwright human rights reporter and professor but I hadn't known she was also a historian I've just finished her book RED ORCHESTRA and am thrilled particularly thrille

  4. says:

    When we think of Germany under Hitler we often think of Germans as being either enthusiastic supporters of Nazism or passive bystanders who did nothing to stop him This fascinating non fiction account of the Berlin

  5. says:

    For many months I've thought the world is upside down with doublespeak lies and propaganda A friend assures me it has always been s

  6. says:

    For me this was a profoundly important book Because it reverses the common lessons about human nature taken from Germany that governments are saviours and people are weak brutes who secretly revel in the persecution of their neighbours This is about those who walk into almost certain torture and death simply because they couldn't imagine notI have little knowledge of WW2 history the one modern history unit I studied chose to focus exclusi

  7. says:

    Opportunity lostI had mixed feelings about this book On one level it was a fascinating account of a little known chapter in World War II history But on another it was a missed opportunity to tell a story in a coherent and memorable way For one thing the author seemed to jump around a lot one minute discussing a fortune teller the next a high Nazi official It made it hard to follow the central events She cast a wide net hauling in small f

  8. says:

    Totally incredible This is the story of the resistance in Berlin during WW2 called the Rote Kapelle by the Gestapo It features the story of several resistance workers and especially Greta Kuckoff a German working m

  9. says:

    The received wisdom of the Holocaust is that all the Jews went passively to their deaths like so many sheep and all Germans either committed heinous war crimes or stood passively by and allowed them to happen There is also the notion that only Jews died in concentration camps Then if you're like me and find history fascinating you read and learn about the Warsaw Ghetto and Sobibor and partisan groups of all kinds even Jewish ones You learn

  10. says:

    A good general history of the Red Orchestra This resistance group was far different from the well known July 20 1944 Valkyrie assassin

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