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The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler's Personal Aides

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Matthias Uhl, Henrik Eberle

Narrated By: Michael Prichard

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: January 2006

Duration: 15 hours 23 minutes

Summary:

Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death.

For months two captives of the Soviet Army--Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet--were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Furher. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler--from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be burned, to his sense of humor--as for what it does not say, reflecting the prejudices of the intended reader: Joseph Stalin. Nowhere, for instance, does the dossier criticize Hitler's treatment of the Jews.

Today, the 413-page original of Stalin's personal biography of Hitler is a Kremlin treasure and it is said to be held in President Putin's safe. The only other copy, made by order of Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, was deposited in Moscow Party archives under the code number 462A. It was there that Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, two German historians, found it. Available to the public in full for the first time, The Hitler Book presents a captivating, astonishing, and deeply revealing portrait of Hitler, Stalin, and the mutual antagonism of these two dictators, who between them wrought devastation on the European continent.

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  • Yevgen S

    On all counts - great. I am here because of Dan Carlin Hardcore History. RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE.

  • Brian M

    I really enjoyed this book. What was so interesting about this - was how detailed the analysis was and in particular how he (Hitler) viewed Russia (and their leadership) and how they in-turn viewed him - particularly through the eyes of his two closest SS guards. His fear of being 'strung up' in Moscow at the end of the war (when he knew it was lost) seemed to make some sense. It was obvious that both the Russian's and the remaining allies were racing into Germany to capture as many Nazi's (and sympathizers) as they could round-up. Hitler was an odd man, who in many ways seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (on several occasions - including following the battle of Britain) - most of them to re-engage militarily with Russia. Very compelling story, I recommend everyone listen and enjoy!

  • Marcus Rowe

    Fantastic! So interesting to get this behind the scenes look of Hitler provided by those who were actually there. Very informative and a must read for WWII history students.

  • Jiri

    I'm really not big fan of war books and movies and it is very hard to compare this book with some others about Hitler and the war, but ... I really like this books because it combines Hitler's era from 1935 to 1945 (not just the war). It also shows (thanks to excellent foreword from the author) Stalin's view on the war and the Hitler. I highly recommend this book.

Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler's Personal Aides

by Matthias Uhl, Henrik Eberle

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Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler's Personal Aides, Matthias Uhl, Henrik Eberle