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Jan 15, 2012 08:17PM
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Thomas Andrikus is on page 336 of 464
Animals, particularly dogs and horses, had more rights under Nazi Germany than humans did. How ironic.

To quote Ambassador Dodd on pg 336, "One might easily wish he were a horse!"
Jan 16, 2012 10:19AM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 313 of 464
Various SA senior officers had been disposed off. Ernst Jung, the one who penned Vice-Chancellor Papen's speech in Marburg, had also been executed. The atmosphere of Berlin in summer 1934 was so intense and dark that I can't stop reading this book now.
Jan 16, 2012 08:55AM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 269 of 464
Due to the pleadings of Martha Dodd, Consul Gen. Messersmith, and Göring's initiatives, Diels got demoted out of Gestapo. But at least for the meantime his life was safe.

That jerk Himmler, however, got Diels' old job.
Jan 15, 2012 10:39PM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 249 of 464
On pg. 249: "It was a moment freighted with irony: the chief of the Gestapo seeking aid from American officials."

That quote took me by surprise. Having a Gestapo, the head even, cowering in fear isn't something one would expect from a top Nazi official.
Jan 15, 2012 09:25PM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 236 of 464
Interesting choices of chapter titles... I shall write on this later.
Jan 15, 2012 07:48AM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 217 of 464
By January 1934, a new façade of normalcy returned to Berlin. Overt violence against the Jews has plunged, though most Berliners know better... A decree has finally passed where all Jews were to lose their jobs. Military activity on the outskirts of Berlin has increased as well, revealing Hitler's intentions in years to come...
Jan 15, 2012 06:16AM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 203 of 464
Jan 14, 2012 09:27PM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 178 of 464
Just read abt how the 1933-era Germany is getting more violent and darker each day, especially since its withdrawal from the League of Nations. This is getting really intriguing, but alas, I need to retire early since I have a Psychology class tomorrow at 8 a.m.!
Jan 13, 2012 09:02PM
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Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus is on page 160 of 464
In 1933, half of the US Foreign affairs office still held a favourable view of Hitler's government. What an irony that we, as readers, find that all these are abt to change dramatically several years into the future!

I also find Dodd's speech on pg 149 as amusing. He alluded to how Hitler's gain of power is akin to Caesar or (Louis XIV-era) finance minister Colbert in the past.
Jan 13, 2012 06:04AM
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin


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