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Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand
 
 
Author
Benjamin Carter Hett.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780195369885
Pages/Publication Date 349/2008
Daedalus Item Code 34403
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(Winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History) During a 1931 trial of four Nazi paramilitary operatives for criminal assault and attempted murder, known as the Eden Dance Palace trial, Hans Litten grilled Adolf Hitler in a brilliant and merciless three-hour cross-examination, forcing him into multiple contradictions and evasions and finally reducing him to helpless and humiliating rage. This biography includes the transcription of Hitler's full testimony. When the Nazis seized power two years later, friends and family urged Litten to flee the country. He stayed and was sent to the concentration camps, where he worked on translations of medieval German poetry, shared the money and food he was sent by his wealthy family, and taught working-class inmates about art and literature. When Jewish prisoners at Dachau were locked in their barracks for weeks at a time, Litten kept them sane by reciting great works from memory. After five years of torture and hard labor—and a daring escape attempt—Litten gave up hope of survival. His story was ultimately tragic but, as Benjamin Hett writes in this gripping narrative, it is also redemptive—"a story of human nobility in the face of barbarism."

"Hett adroitly explains the workings of the Weimar legal system and challenges the conventional wisdom that the German legal profession was, prior to 1933, so right wing that its transition to Nazism was an easy and logical step."—Library Journal

 
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