The Conspiracy against Hitler in the Twilight War

The Conspiracy against Hitler in the Twilight War

The Conspiracy against Hitler in the Twilight War

The Conspiracy against Hitler in the Twilight War

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Over two decades have passed since the holocaust that consumed the shrunken remnants of Hitler's Third Reich. Yet, far from abating, preoccupation with its history, notably Germany's role during the second great world conflict of the century, is still evidenced on every hand. A vast historical literature continues to pour off the presses and is supplemented by articles in popular journals. The name Adolf Hitler in title or heading appears to compel almost as much attention as lurid cover pictures on paperback novels.

This interest has gradually widened to embrace the drama of resistance to the National Socialist regime. Yet the effort to grant the Opposition a proper place in evaluating the forces of that time had to contend with considerable handicaps. Most formidable by far was an unproclaimed alliance between anti-German and neo-Nazi elements. The reluctance of Hitler's disbursed followers to concede significance or respect to his German foes scarcely demands explanation. The inclination of so many in the Allied countries of World War II similarly to withhold recognition is a somewhat more complicated phenomenon.

Readiness, even eagerness, to believe in the existence of at least potentially powerful Opposition groups in Nazi Germany could be found in many Western quarters in prewar years and during the first stage of the conflict. It ran parallel to hope that war might be avoided or, once it had begun, might be brought to an end without crippling sacrifices.

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