Interesting History of Pre-WWII Germany and the US Ambassador of the Time,
This review is from: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)William Dowd was appointed the US Ambassador to Germany, under the reign of Hitler. This is a provocative study of Mr. Dodd, his wife, son and daughter trying to live through those times, trying to enjoy life, but frequently brought-up short by the cruelties and pure beastliness of the NAZI system.
The Ambassador is shown as having little compassion for the Jews, indeed, he rails against FDR and his underlings to have the Jewish staff removed. But, Mr. Dowd does have an absolute abhorrence of Hitler and the destruction of Germany that Hitler has wrought. The daughter, Martha, seems to to maintain a level of hedonistic enjoyment, while noticing her Jewish friends disappearing from the scene.
It is difficult to feel a high level of empathy for the Dowd family. But the book is s good history of the Hitler government from a different viewpoint. That of those who viewed atrocity and injustice, had empathy of some sort, but really did little to assist those in need. The book leads to the question of "What would YOU do in such a situation?
A good history, well-written and documented. A must-read for all. These things must never be allowed to happen again and education is the best preventative.