By Benjamin Carter Hett
In the course of a 1931 trial of 4 Nazi stormtroopers, often called the Eden Dance Palace trial, Hans Litten grilled Hitler in an excellent and cruel three-hour cross-examination, forcing him into a number of contradictions and evasions and eventually decreasing him to helpless and humiliating rage (the transcription of Hitler's complete testimony is included.) on the time, Hitler was once nonetheless attempting to end up his include of felony equipment, and distancing himself from his stormtroopers. The brave Litten published his real intentions, and within the approach, posed a true probability to Nazi ambition. while the Nazis seized energy years after the trial, family and friends prompt Litten to escape the rustic. He stayed and used to be despatched to the focus camps, the place he labored on translations of medieval German poetry, shared the cash and nutrients he used to be despatched via his filthy rich kin, and taught working-class inmates approximately artwork and literature. whilst Jewish prisoners at Dachau have been locked of their barracks for weeks at a time, Litten saved them sane through reciting nice works from reminiscence. After 5 years of torture and tough labor-and a bold break out that failed-Litten gave up wish of survival. His tale was once eventually tragic yet, as Benjamin Hett writes during this gripping narrative, it's also redemptive. "It is a narrative of human the Aristocracy within the face of barbarism." the 1st full-length biography of Litten, the e-book additionally explores the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the fear of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933. [in sidebar] Winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize for awesome paintings of latest background, in manuscript. To be released during the international.
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Since Hans could never refuse enlightenment when anyone asked for it, he read them our philosophical articles, or whatever we had just written. . ’’68 Margot Fu¨rst told a story that underscored both Litten’s reverence for books and his Prussian self-discipline. Once Litten ﬂew into a rage about something or other and picked up a pile of books on a table in order to slam them down again. But because he could not actually bring himself to inﬂict such wanton violence on his books, he checked himself at the last second.
He never allowed himself a vacation, seldom taking even so much as a day off. One Sunday, after weeks of hard work, seven days a week, Margot hesitantly suggested that, instead of working, the three of them could go out together somewhere. ’’ Margot remembered that Hans had asked the question as if it were ‘‘completely unbelievable’’ that she would not want to devote a Sunday afternoon to the legal briefs. The innocence and the reproach recall the attitude to promises Irmgard noted in him as a boy.
Max had already heard about the son of the famous professor: his radical politics, his great talents, his father’s love for socializing with east Elbian barons and counts. ‘‘My mind was then already made up, and I said . . ’’ He and Hans disagreed about the direction the Comrades should take: serious discussion group or hiking club? 33 At ﬁrst the prospects for a love affair between Max Fu¨rst and the very young Margot Meisel seemed just as unpromising. Max and Margot met on a youth group expedition in 1926.