Qty:1
  • List Price: $23.00
  • Save: $2.30 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Letters to Freya: 1939-19... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: CLEAN, LIGHT WEAR. FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Letters to Freya: 1939-1945 Paperback – January 15, 1995


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, January 15, 1995
"Please retry"
$20.70
$8.85 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$20.70 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Letters to Freya: 1939-1945 + Defying Hitler: A Memoir
Price for both: $32.42

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his WW II position as legal adviser to the German high command, Count von Moltke daringly fought for the lives of Soviet POWs, prevented the killing of hostages and helped many Jews escape Germany. He was also a key organizer of the secret Kreisau Circle, a group dedicated to planning the new German state that would arise after the expected fall of Hitler. These chatty letters to his wife (plus one to a British friend discussing the German Resistance in general terms) constitute a day-by-day account of the count's official work at military headquarters in Berlin, mixed with comments on his visits to various European capitals, expressions of affection toward his family, and the deepening of his Christian faith. Arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 for his secret activities, his continuing letters to his wife were smuggled out by the prison chaplain. He was tried for high treason and hanged in 1945. His letters confirm the exalted character of this authentic hero and provide vivid word pictures of conditions in wartime Germany; however, readers expecting significant revelations about von Moltke's Resistance activities will be disappointed. Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Count Helmuth von Moltke was many things--devoted husband and father, landowner and farmer, lawyer and government employee under the Nazis, intellectual--but what claims the world's attention is his constant resistance to Hitler and the roots it sprang from--his devout Christianity. Several books have been written about this admirable man, but this is the first collection of his letters to his wife during the war, when she lived on their estate and he worked in Berlin. Using his knowledge of international law, von Moltke saved thousands of lives, and he also gathered others about him who tried to plan for a postwar, post-Hitler Germany. For this, in 1945, he was executed, but his spirit lives in these letters.
- Pat Ensor, Indiana State Univ . Lib., Terre Haute
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679733183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679733188
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
Fascinating excerpts from letters of an inspirational German nobleman who did what he could to oppose the inhumanity of the Nazis from within the government and paid for it with his life. I got the book because of a recent visit to the little museum of Claus von Stauffenberg in Stuttgart (he was the German officer who led an attempt to assassinate Hitler, which unfortunately failed). The details in Von Moltke's letters. are sometimes overwhelming for a person like myself who knows nothing of the subject but amazing facts often turn up. For example, within a few weeks of the first German air attacks on England, the RAF managed to bomb Berlin. They had to fly a lot farther to get from England to Germany than the the Luftwaffe had to fly to get from France to London. How did they pull it off? Count von Moltke's description of the desperation and suffering of the French population after their defeat is touching and vivid. Most movies suggest the classic French joie de vivre continued for most people with only a small number of desperado Resistance fighters making trouble. These letters also reveal a substantial vein of extraordinary courage among educated Germans who were appalled by the Third Reich and performed many acts of quiet heroism and profound humanity. Von Moltke, in his last weeks, wrote to his his about the contribution of his wife to his work, stressing that her sacrifice had been greater than his because she had to support his activities from afar, knowing of the intense danger and living with it day by day.These letters could make the basis of an excellent movie.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By WEB on May 11, 2015
Verified Purchase
I particularly liked this book and found it very interesting and very sad, because I knew Freya. (She passed away several years ago.) I knew her when I lived in Vermont; she was a friend of my mother's, a fantastic brave woman, and my daughter knew her also. Since I now live in Germany, I found it very interesting. There are also films about her.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil on January 24, 2013
Verified Purchase
I've not yet finished the book, but I've enjoyed reading about a man who told his wife, "A lot of wives have your husband to thank for the existence of theirs...", re: his clandestine work as a high-ranking Nazi officer. He would later be butchered by Hitler.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith C. Jones on October 3, 2013
Verified Purchase
My project involves recreating days in audio form between 1935-45. Letters like this give added depth to what I am doing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Letters to Freya: 1939-1945
This item: Letters to Freya: 1939-1945
Price: $20.70
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?