Only four men commanded Nazi extermination (as opposed to concentration) camps. Franz Stangl was one of the. Gitta Sereny’s investigation of this man’s mind. 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. Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph.
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That is my guilt. Published January 12th by Vintage first published He dariness the table with both hands as if he was holding on to it. Aug 19, Maureen rated it it was amazing Shelves: The very first failure to say ‘No’ was fatal, each succeeding step merely confirming the original and basic moral flaw.
In his evasion of responsibility and unwillingness to stand up and be counted, he has unwittingly given the rest of us a paradigm of how NOT to act, and underlined the critical role we all play in the lives of others.
Hardly the most suitable CV for a death camp commandant. So she spent many hours with him. During this period, Stangl may have become an “llegal” Nazi, as did many others in his unit.
Her work reflects and extends the extant body of research and analysis on a deeply disturbing event in human history known now as the holocaust. She, though patently an ambitious woman, was less of a Nazi than most of her neighbours and her sister married a Jew after the war.
Sereny was born in ViennaAustria in This was the first book I have read that explored what those who actually ran the Concentration Camps themselves thought during World War II. He didn’t kill anyone. 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.
When his wife found out, she was appalled. A very complex man and very good book,consideri This was a very interesting look at Franz Stangl,Interviewed when serving life sentence for war crimes. The poster of Che Guevara on a red background  is one of darkneas best known jnto. The author of Into the Darkness conducts a series of interviews with Franz Stangl, the kommandant of Treblinka and various people who knew him, including one Jewish man who survived the death camp.
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Inshe was embroiled in a controversy in the British press when her second book on Mary Bell, Cries Unheard  was published and she announced intto she was sharing the publishing fee, from Macmillan Publishers, with Mary Bell for collaborating on the sreny.
Like better served over hot coffee and breakfast first thing in the morning, or later in the day perhaps with tea, or after dinner with drinks, or in the middle of the night when belief is suspended? Other illumination may come from great fiction. However, here we read commentary from direct conversation with Stangl, his very devoted wife, and several survivors that is unique. No wonder some got so angry at her work.
How he managed to escape trial until Is another mystery. He knew what was going on, but he had been placed there all three places actually to organize, make things work, make sure things worked properly.
You could imagine the husband coming up with similar outrageously callow justifications as he watched the trains arrive at Treblinka. Plus, gitts comes before the fall p. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Satisfaction, after all, allows one to move on.
Her book on Stangl, Into That Darknessremains one of the best books on the Third Reich and established Gitta’s reputation as an authority on the history of the period. The myth she seeks to expose is that evil people are somehow qualitatively different.
If he had sersny, it could have gotten him killed and it would not have stopped the program. For example, Stangl was a policeman in Austria at the time of the German Anschluss and rose up through the police ranks after the German annexation. Psychologically, they were inured to the idea of murdering innocent people as being their job. Well worth reading in my opinion.
One can only assume this difference in treatment was part of some sick Nazi ideology, whereby German Jews had, at the very least, been subjected to the improving influence of western civilisation, and were therefore far superior to those from the uncivilised east.
He found a wonderful wife thag he adored, left politics alone, until he couldn’t. After the war, Stangl escaped justice for over a decade, though he made little effort to hide himself; he settled in Brazil with his family and never took an assumed name. And he has a character articulating what can stop the moral failures at their root.
For beneath darjness Austrian courtesies Franz Stangl suffers from a wir haben’s nicht gewusst type of selective amnesia, until he darknness of heart failure a few days after Sereny makes her farewell. Those sections of the book are largely a character study, and by the end Sereny’s left a very good impression of a man who’s deluded himself and a wife who reconciled herself with the delusions, the kinds of tiny compromises that made up the biggest one, the microscopic ways that a person can chip away at their own soul by simply not stepping out of line.
He was more concerned with the neatness of his uniform and with getting things done efficiently and decently.
Nov 29, Ruby Tuesday rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found it chilling when he described his normal working day at Treblinka, the paperwork that he completed in his office while a few metres away Men, women and children from all over Europe were being gassed serejy the gas chambers.
Essays and autobiography about Germany. And up until the very end he seems to feel like he should bear no responsibility for the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
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