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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Into That Darkness by Gitta Sereny | : Books
When I read any books on this subject I am always thinking, what would I have done if I was one of those mothers being led to the gas chambers with my children? Hopefully these passages gita give you just a glimpse of myriad accounts gathered through Sereny’s persistent research and access to survivors, witnesses and prisoners alike.
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Don, who died last year, was to prove a good humoured and profoundly supportive companion who accompanied Gitta through the long and painstaking research that became a hallmark of her work.
Sometimes the accounts agree perfectly. Stangl had no perception of the big picture.
Other accounts of Eichmann don’t gjtta this character portrait as accurate. Anyone could have found him in twenty four hours. For this can prompt serreny sort of spiritual crisis in a person and thus act to warn us not to be so trusting of our own virtue. He knew what was going on, but he had been placed there all three places actually to organize, make things work, make sure things worked properly.
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It remains a mystery why he was chosen for the post. Mar 04, Mark Lisac rated it it was amazing. Many times they don’t.
What’s riveting about this book is that Stangl is an everyman. 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.
As the book progressed I found I was becoming much more interested in what Stangl’s wife was saying than Stangl himself who on the whole was resorting to the usual smokescreening tactics of a guilty conscience under attack.
Language of the Third Reich: Modellino del campo di concentramento di Sobibor.
Sereny’s book weaves her conversations with Stangl with that of others that she interviewed within Stangl’s orbit — his wife, family, survivors of Treblinka, etc. British Holocaust denier David Irving initiated a libel case against Sereny and the Guardian Media Group for two reviews in The Observer where she asserted he deliberately falsified the historical record in an attempt darknsss rehabilitate the Nazis.
Start reading Into That Darkness: In over seventy hours of interviews with Stangl, as well as in interviews with death camp survivors, guards, officers, priests, and with Stangl’s family, Gitta Sereny manages to hang on to her dakness.
Pressure was exerted from above to keep officers and guards in their places. Mary was an eleven year old sreny in northern England who in strangled two darkndss boys to serehy aged 3 and 4. I came to the conclusion that it’s the psychology of what leads a country towards genocide and the mentality that enables individuals to carry out such terrible crimes against humanity. Stangl was also involved in the Euthanasia project and at Sobibor, another of the extermination camps. And he appears to have mainly convinced himself of this.
It is interesting that Stangl was a respectable, polite, good husband and father, and at the same time the commendant of Treblinka. She later described seeing a Jewish doctor she knew well being forced to clean pavements with a toothbrush; the terror became more personal after her mother, Margit, with whom Gitta had a poor relationship, became engaged to Ludwig von Mises, the Gittw economist. The euthanasia link is important because most of the people involved in it were transferred to Sobibor and Treblinka when T4 was wound down.
In the time since finishing it, I have found myself referencing this book constantly, and recommend it highly. It is done by people like us.
It was, as you imagine, a huge case in Britain.
And while it did occasionally make sereng want to vomit I would not describe it as depressing. Here they were ordered to strip, told to sit on a wall above a constantly burning pit, and shot. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The theme is the mass gitya of men, women and children.
And apparently you can be recruited into T4 without the slightest inkling of what it entails. He saw himself a minor functionary, just obeying orders and doing his best.
Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness
By all accounts few survive including his own, Stangl never once physically harmed a Jew; he xereny appear to even have abused or raised his voice. Modellino in scala del campo di concentramento di Treblinka.
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This led to her covering the trial of eleven-year-old Mary Bell found guilty of murdering two children and would further lead to her first investigative book on this case. She passed away in England aged 91, following a long illness. And that is a huge accomplishment, because it isn’t easy to understand what motivated a man like Stangl, what kept him loyal to and even proud of his “work,” and how he and his family lived with the knowledge of what he was part of.
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 farkness is set against them both.