Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the 20th century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany. He shouldered a major share of responsibility for some of the worst Nazi atrocities, and up to his assassination in Prague in 1942, he was widely seen as one of the most dangerous men in Nazi Germany. Yet Heydrich has received remarkably modest attention in the extensive literature of the Third Reich. Robert Gerwarth weaves together little-known stories of Heydrich's private life with his deeds as head of the Nazi Reich Security Main Office. Fully exploring Heydrich's progression from a privileged middle-class youth to a rapacious mass murderer, Gerwarth sheds new light on the complexity of Heydrich's adult character, his motivations, the incremental steps that led to unimaginable atrocities, and the consequences of his murderous efforts toward recreating the entire ethnic makeup of Europe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006463/bk_tant_006463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. She was close to her Catholic grandfather as a child and knew one version of his past: Prior to immigration, he had fought the Russians, whose brutal occupation of Lithuania destroyed thousands of lives before Hitler's army swept in. Five years ago, Gabis discovered an unthinkable dimension to her family story: From 1941 to 1943, her grandfather had been Chief of Security Police under the Gestapo in the Lithuanian town of Svencionys, near the killing field of Poligon, where 8,000 Jews were murdered over three days in the fall of 1941. In 1942, the local Polish population was also hunted down. Gabis felt compelled to find out the complicated truth of who her grandfather was and what he had done. Built around dramatic interviews in four countries, filled with original scholarship, and mesmerizing in its lyricism, A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet is a history and family memoir like no other, documenting "the holocaust by bullets" in a remarkable quest as Gabis returns again and again to the country of her grandfather's birth to learn all she can about the man she thought she knew. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Romy Nordlinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021266/bk_adbl_021266_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A genuinely new Second World War story, The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram is a riveting account of the wartime exploits of Alastair Cram, brilliantly told by the American author David Guss. Cram was taken prisoner in North Africa in November 1941, which began a long odyssey through 10 different POW camps and three Gestapo prisons. He became a serial escapee - fleeing his captors no fewer than 21 times, including his final, and finally successful, escape from a POW column in April 1945. Perhaps the most dramatic of his attempts was from Gavi, the 'Italian Colditz'. Gavi was a maximum-security prison near Genoa for the pericolosi, the 'most dangerous' inmates because of their perpetual hunger to escape. It was here that Alastair met David Stirling, the legendary founder of the SAS, and cooked up the plan for what would become the 'Cistern Tunnel' escape, one of the most audacious but hitherto little-known mass escape attempts of the entire war. A story of courage in the face of extraordinary odds, it is a testament to one man's dogged determination never to give up. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Manning. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/001281/bk_macm_001281_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With the Royal Air Force inflicting serious losses on the Luftwaffe, the German high command changes their tactics and move away from trying to eliminate the air threat, to bombing the civilian population into submission.As the high explosives rain down on London’s East End, the country buckles under the strain and the casualties mount. Winston Churchill is under the increasing pressure of public opinion, but still remains positive, knowing that an experimental radar could turn the tide of the battle.Meanwhile, Gyles Stansbury, a German spy who owns a used book store in London, has become aware of the impending wedding of Wolf Kruger and Madeline, which is to take place at the Churchill Estate. He hatches an ambitious plot to kidnap the prime minister and deal with the treacherous Kruger at the same time.A commando team, along with agents of the evil Gestapo organisation, will parachute into the estate and take control of Churchill and his guests the night before the wedding. A plane will then land near Chartwell and spirit the prime minister to Germany. All of this will be done inside the security ring, which has been moved away from the estate for the privacy of the wedding.In the opulent surroundings of Chartwell, people will die, heroes will be made, and the lines between good and evil will be blurred forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bufton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/178977/bk_acx0_178977_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904 ? 4 June 1942) was a high German Nazi official. He was SS-Obergruppenführer (General) and General der Polizei, chief of the Reich Main Security Office (including the Gestapo, SD and Kripo Nazi police agencies) and Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor (Deputy Reich-Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia. When the Nazis moved the headquarters of Interpol to Berlin in 1942, he was appointed and served as President of that international law enforcement agency. Heydrich chaired the 1942 Wannsee Conference, which discussed plans for the deportation and extermination of all Jews in German-occupied territory. He was attacked by Czech agents on 27 May 1942 sent to assassinate him in Prague. He died slightly over a week later from complications arising from his injuries.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the assassination of top German SS leader Reinhard Heydrich. He was the chief of the Reich Main Security Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt, or RSHA), the acting Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, and a chief planner of the Final Solution, the Nazi German programme for the genocide of the Jews of Europe. Heydrich had been the chief of the RSHA since 1939. This was an organisation that included the Secret Police (Gestapo), the Security Agency (Sicherheitsdienst, or SD), the Criminal Police (Kripo) -- and, in 1942, the President of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). Heydrich was a key planner in eliminating Hitler s opponents, as well as (later) the key planner of the genocide of the Jews. He was involved in most of Hitler s intrigues and a valued political ally, adviser, and friend of the dictator.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Sicherheitsdienst (SD, Security Service) was primarily the intelligence service of the SS and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany. The organization was the first Nazi Party intelligence organization to be established and was often considered a "sister organization" with the Gestapo, which the SS had infiltrated heavily after 1934. Between 1933 and 1939, the SD was administered as an independent SS office, after which it was transferred to the authority of the Reich Main Security Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt, or RSHA), as one of its five offices.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Wilhelm Höttl or Hoettl (March 19, 1915 June 27, 1999) was an Austrian Nazi Party member, SS officer, secret agent, author, and Doctor of History.Höttl was born in Vienna in March 1915. In 1938, at the young age of twenty-three, he received a doctorate in history from the University of Vienna. While still a student there, he joined the Nazi party (member 6309616) and the SS (no. 309510). From 1939 until the end of the war in Europe, Höttl was employed almost without interruption by Germany's central intelligence and security agency, the RSHA. The RSHA was made up of seven main departments, including: the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) or Security Service, the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) or Security Police, composed of the Gestapo (Secret State Police) and the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo) or Criminal Police.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Operation Tannenberg (German: Unternehmen Tannenberg) was the codename for one of the extermination actions directed at the Polish people during World War II, part of the Generalplan Ost. Conscription lists (Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen), prepared by Germans already before the war, identified more than 61,000 members of Polish elites: activists, intelligentsia, scholars, actors, former officers, and others, who were to be interned or shot. Members of the German minority living in Poland assisted in preparing the lists. The plan was created in May 1939. Following the orders of Adolf Hitler, a special unit dubbed Tannenberg was created within the Reich Security Main Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt). It commanded a number of Einsatzgruppen der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD formed of Gestapo, Kripo and SD officers who were theoretically subordinate to local Wehrmacht commanders. Their task was to arrest all the people listed on the proscription lists prepared before the outbreak of World War II.