Conscience in Revolt: Sixty-Four Stories of Resistance in Germany, 1933-45

Conscience in Revolt: Sixty-Four Stories of Resistance in Germany, 1933-45

Conscience in Revolt: Sixty-Four Stories of Resistance in Germany, 1933-45

Conscience in Revolt: Sixty-Four Stories of Resistance in Germany, 1933-45

Synopsis

Leber's thumbnail portraits bring to life and record the heroism of sixty-four members of the Resistance from every walk of life. Their stories are sometimes spectacular, often quiet and almost commonplace accounts of men and women striving to maintain dignity and decency in the face of the ruthless, total power of the Nazis.

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By K. D. Bracher (Bonn, February 1994)

THIS BOOK, edited by the widow of Julius Leber, leader of the Social Democratic resistance, was collected and written with the assistance of Willy Brandt, the young friend and political heir of Leber, and myself, a contemporary historian and the husband of a niece of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. When first published forty years ago, the story of the German resistance against National Socialism was still little known; at home the resistance was contested and defamed by old and neo-Nazis, and abroad it was only rarely taken seriously. Three years later a second volume of resistance portraits followed: Das Gewissen Entscheidet.

Today, as we debate again how democracy may be defended against its radical enemies in Germany and Europe, Conscience in Revolt reminds us of the continuing dangers of totalitarian ideologies and dictatorial rule. I welcome this new English edition and Andrew Chandler's thoughtful introduction.

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