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Hitler's Demons: A Novel of German Resistance

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Hitler's demons is the Kindle Edition of "An Obsolete Honor"

Hitler's demons were those Germans who opposed his diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law. This novel is a tribute to the brave men and women of Germany's resistance and tells the true story of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Hitler. Award winning n
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Kindle Edition, 557 pages
Published February 2012 by Wheatmark (first published March 13th 2008)
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mari
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Obsolete Honor follows the stories of different people and families in Germany during Hitler's rise to power. It shares their fears and concerns about Hitler and the direction their country is taking under his reign. We see the lengths that many Germans went through to follow their own beliefs and morals despite being always in danger of getting caught and tried for treason. We see the simple act of putting shoes on "Polish workers" and letting them live as humans instead of slaves, forging o ...more
Helena Schrader
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wwii
This novel evolved over three decades, during two of which I lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. It incorporates extensive primary and secondary research conducted in what was then East and West Germany. In fact, I was the first Westerner to gain access to certain relevant materials in East Germany. I also conducted interviews with well over 100 survivors of Nazi Germany.

Some of those I interviewed turned into friends, and we carried on unending dialogues about the subjects and themes described
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Helena Schrader
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
This novel evolved over three decades, during two of which I lived and worked in Berlin, Germany. It incorporates extensive primary and secondary research conducted in what was then East and West Germany. In fact, I was the first Westerner to gain access to certain relevant materials in East Germany. I also conducted interviews with well over 100 survivors of Nazi Germany.

Some of those I interviewed turned into friends, and we carried on unending dialogues about the subjects and themes described
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Anna
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
An Obsolete Honor opens in 1938 and ends after the attempted coup (with an epilogue to detail the fates of the many characters, both historical and fictional). There are so many layers to this nearly 560 page story, and I know I can’t do it justice here. The book is intense and engrossing, and though there were a lot of characters and military strategy to follow, I was never bored or overwhelmed with details. However, if you’re not overly interested in this period in history, the book might be a ...more
Maurice Williams
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting historical fiction novel about German resistance against the Nazis and the attempt to assassinate Hitler to end Nazi rule. Helena Schrader, an expert on the Nazi era, researched her subject for thirty years, interviewing many survivors of Nazi Germany. Her theme is an authentic story of Valkyrie, an operation approved by Hitler to quell any uprising against him, but used by military men opposed to Nazi rule to seize control of government at the most opportune moment.

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Rebecca
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Written by Helena P. Schrader, this book is set, as you would expect, in the 1930's and 40's and follows the lives of various German families as they muddle through the war with growing resentment for the man in charge of their country. Main characters include Baron Philip von Feldburg,, Marianne Moldenaeur, Alexandra v. Mollwitz and their various families.

Based on over 10 years of research and interviews with numerous survivors of World War Two, Helena has created a fictional work around the we
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Kimberly
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The description on the book’s website indicates that it is a, “Novel of historical fiction about the German resistance to Nazism in WWII and of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler.”

This book centered around a soldier by the name of Philip Baron von Felburg, who worked for the German Home Army which was a deeply undercover operation that on the surface was supportive of Hitler, all the while plotting his assassination. Surrounding Philip was his family, his co-workers, fellow officers
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Kim Hansen
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love to read anything historical and especially anything that has to do with WWII. Hitler, while one of the most horrible figures in history, does make for interesting reading.

Hitlers Demons revolves around one of the many failed attempts to assassinate Hitler in July, 1944 by military conspirators. The military plan, which was code-named ”Valkyrie”, involved senior officers of the German Home Army as they tried to gain power in a coup and free Germany fr
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Sophie
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a sponsored review. I received a free copy of the book and compensation to read and review. I was under no obligation to post a positive review and all my opinions are my own and honest.

I debated between a four or five star review for a couple minutes on account of the fact that I loved the story and the uniqueness of the story, but didn't like the way it ended. Five stars wins because it was truly a great read, and something that has not been told enough, especially in fiction. If you
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Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read Hitler's Demons, which was the Kindle version of An Obsolete Honor. Hitler's Demons is not your typical novel. Instead, it's more of a historical fiction reference guide, filled with deep characters and heart-wrenching side stories. Ultimately the reader realizes what sacrifices were made by those who wanted to overthrow the Nazi regime and how hard life was during the WWII era. I learned quite a bit about German culture and dialect, although I'm definitely no WWII scholar yet. At the end ...more
brandy oliver
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most interesting books I have read, very detailed, very accurate, (I found by researching for some time)
It was a new experience and a new type of book for me and for my blog and even always being fascinated by this era, it did take a little longer then normal for me to read this book. (it is a little long, and very detailed). But, I enjoyed reading this and was amazed to read about the author and her own life.
It touches base on every aspect of the Germans, the war, the peopl
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Sandrag Gallegos
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anyone who has seen movies or documentary's that tell the history of what happened to so many innocent people during Hitler's regime know how horrific and despicable this man was! However, we rarely see or hear about those German citizens who during his reign where opposed to his beliefs but could not speak out for fear of their own lives or of their families. I have always wondered if there were any citizens who wanted to stand up and fight and Helena has answered this with this fictional story ...more
Kate Joekel
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping historical

This book recounts the story of the resistance within Germany against Hitler during WWII. Many of the characters are actual historical figure who worked for the German army unrecognized Hitler for the madman he was. Interwoven in the historical events are the stories of several Germans who worked in private ways - and public ways to help the people oppressed during this time.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I have read by Helena Schrader and this is no exception. I cannot
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Kaye Stremke
Jul 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
Will start the book next week. Am finishing "the rise and fall of the third riech" by William Shirer BBB
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Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan. Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine. There, her father’s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in ...more

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