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Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul.

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Some of gittx sentences are so thick with parenthetical phrases they’re hard to read, and she sometimes dwells on small things. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The Vatican is part of the story, as it was the Vatican that helped Stangl and many other Nazis to flee Germany and settle in Brazil.

Among her thaf was reuniting with their biological families children who had been kidnapped by the Nazis to be raised as ” Aryans “. We are responsible for the welfare of our fellow human beings. Over the course of 60 hours spanning several sessions, the previously resolute Stangl finally broke down.

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Gitta Sereny is perhaps the most thorough, meticulous interviewer I’ve ever read. Two hours, and every single human being who had arrived on the morning transports was dead.

Stangl’s retelling of his own story, I think, can best be summed up in a quote from Carl Jung: At Treblinka he tried to make things “better” for the incoming trains of Jews by sprucing up the fake railway station hhat met them when they arrived.

She, though patently sfreny ambitious woman, was less of a Nazi than most of her neighbours and her sister married a Jew after the war. It is not up until the very last interview between Sereny and Stangl that Stangl finally seems to accept that he was culpable in the murder of thousands and admit that it would have been better if he had died prior to his role in the Seerny.

Before the Anschluss Stangl was a policeman in Austria. This was the first book I have read that explored what those who actually ran the Concentration Camps themselves thought during World War II. View all 14 comments. Gitta Sereny is an excellent interviewer, and her probing of the mental state of Sobibor and Treblinka commandant Franz Stangl is thorough and unflinching. From to he enjoyed intl his wife called the best years of his life. We can see how others remembered.

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A man who denied having an personal feelings about those whose slaughter he oversaw. Whilst undoubtedly some individuals were sadistic what is apparent in so many books that I’ve read is how un extraordinary most of the perpetrators were, it’s this aspect that I find the most I’ve read countless books about the Holocaust and recently I started to question what my fascination is with the subject.

After the war, Stangl escaped justice for over a decade, though he made little effort to hide himself; he settled in Brazil with his family and never took an assumed name.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. At the same time, she shows him as a loving husband and father, bringing forth the scary thought that while the Nazis committed monstrous deeds, many of them were not, themselves, monsters. Add to that the fact that Darknexs worked for the Sereyn program and that he made it to Brazil thanks to some help of a certain Roman cardinal and the whole book evolves into a razor-sharp mythbuster of the entire Holocaust and the adjunct “Odessa” escape network.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience

Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka the largest of the extermination campsthis book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler’s final soulution. Large potions of the text belong to the survivors of Treblinka, and this is a counterbalance to Stangl; the horror of life there is thoroughly represented, but how he lied to himself and managed to function as Kommandant is clear too; then a third weight – historical record – is set against them both.

This is a story that reminds us to be vigilant as human beings about staying conscious of the forces of bigotry and hatred and scapegoating that allow what are once small stirrings in everyone’s psyche to becoming cogs on the wheels of the machinery of incomprehensible brutality and evil.

Sereny’s intellectual and moral certainty is compelling and, for a modern reader, extraordinary.

Sep 06, Stacey PL rated it it was amazing Shelves: Satisfaction, after all, allows one to move on. Extermination camps intp only there to exterminate. Those sections of the book are largely a character study, and by the end Sereny’s left a very good impression of a man who’s deluded himself and a wife who reconciled herself with the delusions, the kinds of tiny compromises that made up the biggest one, the microscopic ways that a person can chip away at their own soul by simply not stepping out of line.


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However, she takes to task the Pope and leaders in the Roman Catholic church for their role in aiding and abetting the Nazi killing rampages beginning with the euthanasia program through the sedeny support assisting the butchers efforts to flee justice.

In “From Here to Eternity,” James Jones pictured a flawed organization that in occasionally featured the same brutal instincts as the ones allowed full play in Nazi Germany. Another theme throughout the book is the Vatican’s part in the holocaust.

As Commandant of Treblinka, Stangl was imprisoned for life. His claims that he wanted from the start to get out seem genuine.

Each and every one of us. What was the point of resisting? When confronted with the idea of the Holocaust, I find the scope of the atrocities perpetrated against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals,and others whom the Reich considered as “undesirables” is inconceivable. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The guards xarkness his prison describe Stangl as ‘one of the good ones’ and even camp survivors few as they are claim Stangl never showed a cruel side and was ‘no sadist, unlike some of the others.

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An interesting note is that Stangl lived openly in Brazil under his real name and his wife was registered at the Austrian consulate there under her real name. Not that this is necessarily bad, but after a while you run into the fatigue syndrome.

The realities of life – wife, three daughters – got in between him and jnto conscience. The book also studies the role the Vatican played in helping former Nazis to escape.

Until her very last interview with Stangl, he admitted to his guilt on only one eereny. Balanced against any weaknesses of the book is the ample evidence that Sereny went to great efforts to verify things she was told by Stangl and by others. So that was when she began looking evil in the face. The book is over pages with small type and I dreaded getting into it at first. Stangl wasn’t that much different than an average Austrian in his time period.