Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “El hundimiento: Hitler y el Final Del Tercer Reich” as Want to Read:
El hundimiento: Hitler y el Final Del Tercer Reich
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

El hundimiento: Hitler y el Final Del Tercer Reich

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  924 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
La historia contemporánea no conoce una catástrofe comparable al hundimiento de 1945. Nunca, antes de entonces, se extinguieron tantas vidas, fueron destruidas tantas ciudades y asoladas tantas regiones al derrumbarse un imperio. El hundimiento es el relato minucioso de los últimos catorce días de Hitler en el búnker, mientras los rusos conquistaban Berlín.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Galaxia Gutenberg (first published 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about El hundimiento, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about El hundimiento

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 26, 2011 Conrad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Reading too many books about Hitler threatens to plant one in the demographic of middle aged American white guys who go to Pennsylvania wargame cons in full Waffen gear, then go home to have their wives put on dirndls and spank them. I am not a part of that demographic (...though I've played more rounds of Europe Engulfed than is probably healthy). This is for work. This. Is. For. Work.

So there are a few brands of German writing about the war. There's the Sebald-style, revisionist, it's-time-to
Alexis Ohanian
I get a little nervous when a "history" book (at least, that was the section it was in) doesn't have any endnotes or footnotes. I get more than a little nervous when the explanation given by the author is essentially "lots of the accounts contradicted one another, so I didn't want to confuse you, the reader, by including citations".

Granted, the scene in Hitler's bunker in those final months of the war were confusing to say the least. But throw us history majors a bone here, Herr Fest. Much of t
Jul 17, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adrian Zmed
Shelves: european-history

It's somewhat surprising that the precise events and situations inside Hitler's bunker in April 1945 are so hard to pin down with complete accuracy. Eyewitnesses who walked in on the bodies minutes later couldn't even agree on whether Adolf and Eva Hitler were found together on the same sofa after committing suicide, or Eva was in a separate chair. Fest does a good job reconciling multiple accounts, and specifies where he isn't certain. This book certainly puts to rest the notion that the Soviet
Nov 12, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the movie "The Downfall" was excellent, so thought this book might be also, since the movie was partly based on this book. But the book was disappointing. For one thing, I felt like I had walked into a discussion already underway, with no one explaining the things you had missed. It assumed you already knew all the players involved, and the basic plot. Sometimes captions to pictures explained who some of the people were, but not others, and left you to guess which was which. For anothe ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Charlie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww11
Not sure if I should rate this book as a 2 or 3 or 4. So, I hit the middle -- a 3. It's my first real honest to goodness read on the Last few days of Hitler and that's why a 3.

The author, Fest, seems to put together a good account of what MAY have happened inside the Bunker. Who is really telling the TRUTH when it comes to these Nazis trying to make account of what REALLY HAPPENED?? There apparently was extreme tension the last few weeks in the Bunker, UNDERSTANDABLY since the Russians were pra
Ian "Marvin" Graye
I find Impossible Germany to understand.
Unlikely Japan, more too.

"Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan
Wherever you go
Wherever you land

I'll say what this means to me
I'll do what I can
Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan

The fundamental problem
We all need to face
This is important
But I know you're not listening
No I know you're not listening

If this was still new to me
I wouldn't understand
Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan

But this is what love is for
To be out of place
Gorgeous and alone
Face to face

With no large
Foi interessante ver um lado depressivo de Hitler, mais uma faceta de uma mente doentia.
Nov 11, 2016 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book and I learned a great deal. Very well written. I read before bed and it only gave me nightmares once :)
Apr 21, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-fact
The reconstruction of events that played out in the dying days of the Nazi Regime is gripping to say the least. Joachim Fest was born in 1926 and grew up in the family of an anti-Nazi father. He would have witnessed Hitler’s rise to power through the eyes of a child; the transition into war when he was a young adolescent and finally, he was a young adult when it all ended in an inglorious defeat.

At the end he was a prisoner of war in France, having enlisted in the Wehrmacht in December 1944, at
Chris Rose
Feb 24, 2014 Chris Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joachim Fest introduces us to this truly exceptional study in his foreword by the opening line: ‘No catastrophe in recent history is comparable to the collapse of Germany in 1945.’

What I would add is that there can be few books on the subject comparable to Joachim Fest’s ‘Inside Hitler’s Bunker’. And however clichéd my following line may sound, it IS plain to read that Fest did his homework, for the results are outstanding.

Humbly enough, toward the end of the foreward, he states that the authors
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se poate gasi pe blogul meu

Joachim Fest strânge informaţii, strânge declaraţii, pune cap la cap jurnalele celor care au supravieţuit şi care au fost alături de Hitler până la sfîrşit, face ordine în haosul hârţogăraiei comuniste şi reuşeşte, cât îi permit informaţiile existente, să recreeze minuţios ultimele zile din viaţa Führer-ului. Simpla trecere în revistă a unor informaţii, pe care, în mod normal, le deţineam deja, nu fac din volum unul bun. Analiza istori
Feb 17, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating little read about the last days of Hitler's life. The book is smartly divided into four chronologically organized sections, each with a narrative detailing the "what" and a reflective summary trying to explain the "why." Fest presents an illuminating look at a man that morally doesn't deserve one's attention, but historically makes for fascinating content.

The book centers on the almost unbelievable turn of events in the last few weeks of the Third Reich: despite an absolutely epic c
Sep 03, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joachim Fest este cunoscut ca fiind un jurnalist fascinat de Hitler și umbrele sale. Spre deosebire de alți istorici, Fest tratează perioada celui de-al Treilea Reich nu ca un subiect de tratat istoric, ci ca pe o mică frescă care cuprinde atât de multe esențe ce duc către buncărul în care Hitler s-a ascuns, dictând mișcările unei armate care mai mărșăluia doar în imaginația sa. Chiar dacă au apărut nenumărate studii care au tratat latura nazismului, decăderii lui Hitler și impactul pe care aces ...more
Niran Pravithana
Aug 15, 2011 Niran Pravithana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
หนังสือเลมนีคือตนฉบับของภาพยนตร Downfall (Der Untergang) ทีสำหรับผมถือวาเปน 1 ใน 3 หนังสงครามทีดีทีสุดทีเคยดูมา

เรืองราวในหนังสือเลาถึงชวงเวลาสุดทายในชีวิตของอดอลฟ ฮิตเลอรภายในบังเกอรซอนตัวกลางกรุงเบอรลิน ในชวงปี 1945 ชวงเวลาทายสุดของสงครามโลกครังที 2 ทีอาณาจักรไรซทีสามกำลังจะพายแพใหแกฝายพันธมิตรซึงนำโดยกองกำลังสหภาพโซเวียตเขาลอมกรุงเบอรลิน ขางฝายเยอรมันแทบไมเหลือกองกำลังในการปองกัน และทำไดเพียงแตรอหายนะทีจะมาถึงอยูในบังเกอรอยางชาๆ

อานจบทำใหเขาใจมากขึนวา ทำไมคนจำนวนมากมายถึงยอมรอความตายเคียงขางผูน
Dec 28, 2009 Mag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a very well written book which details the last days of Hitler’s life and the surrender of Berlin and the Third Reich. It was April 1945 when the Soviet forces launched an offensive against Berlin, and it became apparent very quickly that the city had no means to repel it. The city and the Third Reich surrendered at the beginning of May 1945. Hitler was dead by then. He spent this time inside his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery in Berlin where he tried to conduct a defensive and declin ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poucos eventos da história do século XX terão tido um impacto dramático equivalente ao dos últimos dias do Terceiro Reich, na Primavera de 1945. Esta é uma vibrante reconstrução do período que antecedeu a queda de um dos mais infames regimes políticos da história recente, dando particular atenção à terrível Batalha de Berlim e à vida no bunker de Adolf Hitler, situado por baixo da Chancelaria do Reich.
Com uma prosa cativante, este livro narra como, totalmente indiferente ao destino dos seus sol
Dec 25, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The war theme continues with this non-fictional account of the last days of Hitler. According to this book, Hitler merely revelled in destruction, and took more satisfaction from carnage, chaos and ultimate defeat than from any victory he managed to attain. Thus he chose death in the ruins of Berlin as a fitting end to his Wagnerian tragedy as opposed to death or capture in some foreign clime. It seems he could have escaped, but hung on to be the architect of his own destruction, in the way that ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although good as a review or for people that want to understand what is really happening in the movie "Downfall", the book fell short when it came to detail and was completely devoid of footnotes. If someone I knew asked me for an easy book to read so that they could get what was going on, this book would probably be one I'd recommend. But after having read The Bunker, this felt like it was missing so much.

Instead of that detail (which made "The Bunker" so compelling), the author adds a few chap
Laura Gurrin
Apr 18, 2010 Laura Gurrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A comprehensive historical account of the last days of Hitler, informed by eyewitness testimony as well as documentation which became available in the years after the war. Creepy to read, but gives a good snapshot of the madness that took hold at the very end of the reich, and specifically how it unfolded in Hitler's bunker under the Reichschancellery. Good to read in parallel with The Last Days of Hitler (a 1946 book written close to the events, specifically dedicated to explaining what happene ...more
Reese Copeland
Jan 14, 2011 Reese Copeland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a movie companion that follows it (movie version of the book) called "Down Fall" which is a German movie with English subtitles. Both the book and movie are quite good. The book, of course, has much more detail. It chronicles the frustrations of some of Hitler's generals and military staff as decisions that seemed to make little sense to them, while others followed couragiously despite what their military experience screamed at them. It gives you a good sense of how serious things ...more
Jun 08, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hitler in the fuhrer bunker remains one of my all time favorite subjects, and that is probably the only reason i made it through this book. The book claims to be necessary because it corrects several mistakes made in previous works on the subject. It doesn't do that, it just says we can't really be sure what happened in a few instances. Also, if you are not thoroughly educated on the third reich, you may become confused, that's not really in my opinion the author's fault, he is not trying to wri ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Daphne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still slightly in shock after reading this. Does anyone else see the ironic parallels betqween the isolation of the leaders of the 3rd Reich in their ghastly bunker with Anne Frank’s isolation in the annex? Creepy. I think the book suffered from a lack of organization. It seems to me as if the author was skipping around rather mindlessly rather than reinforcing the threads he was revealing. I found the portions imbued with comic relief to be the most powerful simply because of the contrast they ...more
Mark Maguire
Aug 11, 2014 Mark Maguire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-wehrmacht
This was a captivating, and thoroughly-researched account of the subterannean, dying days of the Third Reich, and the apocalyptic end-game endured by those living within the Berlin 'citadel'.

This book should be viewed as essential reading for all those with an interest in both the psychology of Adolf Hitler, and the motivations of key personalities within his entourage. The book also provides a compelling, and detailed account of the final excesses and human tragedies which formed the basis for
May 27, 2014 Geoffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good narrative about the final days of Hitler's Germany. The author, Joachim Fest, consolidates numerous oral and written sources to draw a picture of the weeks before and after Hitler’s death. Fest analyzes Hitler’s decisions, deterioration, and physical disappearance with much commentary and some speculation. While the book has a good index, the author skips the use of sourcing due to the professed complexity of the varying accounts of the penned events. This is a good book with a c ...more
Very good for anyone who is new to the subject or just wants an engaging summary of the "final days" of the Third Reich. However, you will find most of the same information plus more in a number of other books (including Fest's own "Hitler") so I wouldn't recommend it for those who have a deeper interest in World War 2 or Nazi Germany. Try Cornelius Ryan or Max Hastings's books on the topic instead.
Ok, I keep seeing countless reviews saying this, so let me just state once. THE MOVIE "Down Fall" IS NOT BASED ON THIS BOOK. I was actually in Germany when the movie came out (not to mention it actually says this on the DVD itself) and the movie is based on a book by Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge. The english title escapes me, but it is something like "Hitler's Last Secretary" or something like that. In German it is "Im Toten Winkel". If you type in her name the book will pop up.
Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
I find it difficult to write a sufficient review of this book when I can't get the photograph of the Goebbels family out of my head. These smiling, happy children were innocent, murdered by a lunatic who worshipped a lunatic, just as countless others had been murdered throughout the Nazi state. It's hard to find Hitler's death very satisfying when one is reminded of the deaths that continued even after he killed himself.
Jul 17, 2014 Tomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this short book, Fest proves what I have thought all along...Hitler cared about nothing but destruction. Fest recreates the scene in the bunker as the Russian army closed in on Berlin and gives a frightening account of a madman trying to bring Germany down along with him. I still wonder why so many stayed with Hitler to the very end, but Fest gives examples of Hitler's hypnotic power over others. A very good read.
Oct 10, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the definitive history of Hitler's final days. It was written based on the eyewitness accounts of people that lived the events firsthand. Fest's book is an insightful and relevant study of this pivotal event in world history. He brings a human perspective to the insanity. A great stone has been overturned! Underneath, the death of National Socialism has finally been brought; haggard, blinking and bewildered, into the light of day.
Andrew Lord
Dec 15, 2013 Andrew Lord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very intriguing to get an insider's look at the panic and reactions of power-hungry people when they finally realize that the end is near. On a similar vein, it was very interesting to finally comprehend the thought processes that led many of the brilliant (yet, in some cases, evil) Nazi leaders to selfishly commit suicide to escape the consequences for their actions that had ruined millions of lives throughout Europe.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary
  • The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle
  • The Third Reich: A New History
  • The Bunker
  • The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia
  • Lying About Hitler: History, Holocaust, and the David Irving Trial
  • Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941
  • Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State
  • Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth
  • June 1941: Hitler and Stalin
  • The Nuremberg Interviews
  • Heinrich Himmler
  • Spandau: The Secret Diaries
  • Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
  • The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust
  • Złote żniwa
  • Nuremberg Diary
  • Germany 1945: From War to Peace
Joachim Fest was a German historian, journalist, critic and editor, best known for his writings and public commentary on Nazi Germany, including an important biography of Adolf Hitler and books about Albert Speer and the German Resistance to Nazism. He was a leading figure in the debate among German historians about the Nazi period.
More about Joachim Fest...

Share This Book