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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 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil on January 24, 2013
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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.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith C. Jones on October 3, 2013
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My project involves recreating days in audio form between 1935-45. Letters like this give added depth to what I am doing.
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