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Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands, 1945

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While the trial of Hitler's fallen elite at Nuremberg has been thoroughly documented, the interval between the Nazis' capture in May and June 1945 and the start of the actual trial in late November has until now remained shrouded in shadow. With Interrogations, acclaimed historian Richard Overy opens a new window into the Third Reich, providing an intimate glimpse of the s ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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Apr 21, 2008 danny rated it liked it
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Fascinating but ultimately unsatisfying. But I guess that describes my feeling about nearly every book describing the German people's (and other's...) involvement in matters concerning The Holocaust: I just don't get it. The banal racism, myopia, and flat out denial exhibited by the German military, government officials, and civilians interviewed is absolutely mind boggling.

The book is meticulously researched and very well written. It offers a fascinating perspective on the allied jurists' strug
Katherine Addison
About half this massive book is transcripts of interrogations; the other half describes and explores the circumstances under which the interrogations were conducted in the run up to the Nuremberg trials. Fascinating particularly for the ways in and degrees to which the Nazi criminals avoided admitting their culpability (ranging from Ley's suicide to Hess' half-faked, half-genuine hysterical amnesia to Speer's calculated self-reinvention); fascinating (also infuriating and appalling) for the hypo ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Geoff rated it really liked it
I have trouble getting a foothold in the saga of World War II. Big surveys are hard for me, especially with a story like this, which has trouble getting started ("if you're really going to understand WWII, you've got understand WWI, and to understand WWI you've got to understand Frederick the Great and the animosity between Greece and Turkey) etc etc. So I'm trying by starting with the end of the war. The book begins with a long section that sets the scene, which i found really interesting - the ...more
Jan 02, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it
An immaculately organized record of the depositions of Nazi leadership after World War II, this is an immensely valuable historical document; one feels a sort of horrified gratefulness that this material has been preserved, for it affords a intimate glimpse into the psychologies of evil unveiled:variously unrepentant, ingratiating, prevaricating, self-exonerating. I wish Overy had provided more input: the text, innocent of detailed foreword, afterword, or footnotes, leaves the reader to navigate ...more
I am taking this book back, because it was partly damaged by somebody.
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Richard James Overy is a British historian who has published extensively on the history of World War II and the Third Reich.
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