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The Gestapo: A History of Horror

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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Gestapo by Jacques Delarue. A History of Horror by Jacques Delarue. From tothe Gestapo was Nazi Germany’s chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. A History of Horror draws upon Delarue’s interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layere From tothe Gestapo was Nazi Germany’s chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror.

A History of Horror draws upon Delarue’s interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included hisyoria student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution.

The Gestapo’s notorious reign led to the murder of millions. The Gestapo is an important documentation jistoria what they did and how they did it. Paperbackpages. Published May 17th by Skyhorse Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Gestapoplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I read quite a bit of historical fiction set during WWII so I thought it would be a good idea to read an actual history in order to have a firmer grasp on the events.

The madman and his Nazis gained power with astonishing speed and should serve as a warning to us all. In twelve short years, Himmler built an organization based upon absolute obedience regardless of what atrocious orders were handed down. And, this was prior to his monstrous development of the industrialized murder of millions.

Thi I read quite a bit of historical fiction set during WWII so I thought it would be a good idea to read an actual history in order to have a firmer edlarue on the events. This is dde incredibly detailed account which is what a good examination of history should be. However, it is dated because much more information has been uncovered since its publication. We only need to look at Syria or Somalia to name a few for evidence of our amnesia.

View all 16 comments. And frankly some of the phrasing was hilarious.

This was originally written in French, so I like to think the translator was just screwing with people. But really, this was very informative. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with only a passing interest in Iacques history, its a bit intimidating. It’s an exhaustive account, and even going into this knowing who everyone gestwpo and with some familiarity with events, I lost the thread of the book several times.

And a little dry, even for a history book.

The Gestapo: A History of Horror by Jacques Delarue

Feb 10, A. Sowards rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an informative book about an unpleasant subject. Some parts were more interesting than others, but Delare definitely learned a few new things. It also covered organizational issues, Nazi rivalries, and of course their crimes.

I was struck with how quickly the Nazis were able to take over. It had decent coverage of Poland and the Soviet Union. The writing a translation from French was competent if not elegant. An intimate look into the rise and fall of the Gestapo This book explains and demonstrates the rise and fall of the Gestapo, the army, and even the rise dd Hitler. It fully explains how a dee country could be forced to be silent as the tortures of the war, the concentration camps, and the persecution of Germans willing to stand up to such heinous acts.

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Jacqhes is a must-read in order to better understand the Nazi’s reasoning for what they did. I can only pray that our youth continue to study what An intimate look into the rise and fall of the Gestapo This book explains and demonstrates the rise and fall of the Gestapo, the army, and even the rise of Hitler. I can only pray that our youth continue to study what led to such heinous atrocities in the name of “loyalty.

Oct 08, Ana-Maria Bujor rated it liked it Shelves: Hestapo very informative and detailed book about Gestapo, the way it got to have so much control, the power struggle between Nazi leader and of course, the end of it all.

It is definitely worth a try if you know at least a bit about World War 2, if you can remember numerous German names and if you want to learn histofia. Just because the details exposed in this book are facts registered by the history and actually lived and suffered jacqus so many people, we may believe the horrors described on this book were histora.

Delarue himself says it, back in he took the text of this book directly from real registers raised during the malevolent years of Nazism. Since the information was taken directly from existent records -the text is organized and presented as a summary of those documents- this book deserves to be Just because the details exposed in this book are facts registered by the history and actually lived and suffered by so many people, we may believe the horrors described on this book were true.

Since the information was taken directly from existent records -the text is organized and presented as a summary of those documents- this book deserves to be read, in order to learn how an evil man —Himmler- incredibly, in just 12 years, jacquues a so intricate and obeying organization, aimed exclusively to restrict liberty, submit gesfapo of grstapo in various European countries and built death factories around Europe for efficiently kill millions of human beings.

Really, the devil exists. We must be conscious that provided the convenient circumstances; such an hkstoria may appear again. Although interesting, the book is a little bit difficult to read because too many uncommonly words are used. The original was written in French Language and perhaps the translator used frequently the dictionary, hence, many words relate with that language and even though correct, some have a sort of forced meaning into the phrase where they are located, therefore, the reason for me to give 4 stars to this book.

I fully recommend this book, which is a reflection of what is at present gesgapo and preparing to come in some Latin-American countries. Jun 22, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: Discussed the primary minds behind the Gestapo and the S.

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Discusses the birth of National Socialism and explains the drama of that scandalous Roehm. Some of the things that will continue to run through my head was an interesting tidbit concerning the Nazi “breeding farms” between select prized Aryan individuals who could produced fine Nordic specimens for the Reich. The interesting part concerned a study made som Insightful and interesting. The interesting part concerned a study made sometime in the ‘s that tested the intelligence of these babies raised by the Reich and found that they scored, on a whole, infinitely lower than other children.

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Another fact that I was aware of about the Nazi use of Jewish “human parts” like, fat for soap and hair for socks and slippers. But the thing that haunts me was that in7 tons of human hair was found. I was trying to think of how horrible that must have been.

Seven tons of human HAIR!! Decompression chamber experiments were equally revolting. In fact, the author simply wrote at times that the tortures were “too indescribable” or “too revolting to convey.

Feb 28, Raquel rated it liked it. Very dense and detailed in the material. World War II is one my of my favorite historical topics, but I think this would be a difficult book for someone unfamiliar with general knowledge about the Nazi party and various parts.

The author spent little time with backstory and the reader needed to be somewhat familiar with names, conflicts, etc.

But, this allowed for a more in depth exploration about the “in’s and out’s” of the Gestapo, which I appreciated. Aug 22, Kevin rated it liked it. Given that this book was written in fifties and the topic is very close to the author deparue was a victim of the Gestapoits a very interesting description of lla the Gestapo worked, the infighting, the total control, and just how quickly ordinary people can be corrupted in the egstapo situation.

The book is a bit dr and does not have some of the more recent information regarding that era. But it presents just how terrifying and brutal they were and how good they were at control. Its interestin Given that this book was written in fifties and the topic is very close to the author who was a victim of the Gestapoits a very interesting description of how the Gistoria worked, the infighting, the total control, and just how quickly ordinary people can be corrupted in the right situation.

Its interesting because there are many similarities between the Gestapo and the KGB. It would be interesting to get the author’s comparison. Aug 06, Martijn Hartman-maatman rated it really liked it Shelves: A big book but such a great read. Every detail of one of the most evil organizations of the second world war is described. Who were these people and how did they get so much power and how could they do all those horrible things every day and still go home every night.

Because the author is French, a lot of hixtoria book is about Jacqeus, which is a little annoying sometimes. But overal I really liked the book and recommend it to everyone Sep 20, Jerry Peace rated it it was amazing. An extremely unpleasant, even horrific read. And a requisite one, both for those who are glad that hellishness is over and those ever alert for a present day redux. You can, and should, read for yourselves the grisly horror of the Nazis, and perhaps worse, the at best cowardice and at worst, the silent and self-serving confirmation and support of the atrocities by the German populace.

But hear what Delarue says in summation: Cruelty, a taste An nacques unpleasant, even horrific read. Cruelty, a taste for violence, the religion of force, ferocious racialism, are not prerogatives of a period or of a people.

They are of all ages and of all countries