German Resistance against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad 1938-1945
This book traces the many efforts of the German Resistance to forge alliances with Hitler's opponents outside Germany. The Allied agencies, notably the British Foreign Office and the US State Department, were ill prepared to deal with the unorthodox approaches of the Widerstand. Ultimately, the Allies' policy of `absolute silence', the Grand Alliance with the Soviet Union, and the demand for `unconditional surrender' pushed the war to its final denouement, disregarding the German Resistance. Klemens von Klemperer's scholarly and detailed study uncovers the activities and beliefs of numerous individuals who fought against Nazism within Germany. He explores the formation of their policy and analyses the relations of the Resistance with the intelligence agencies of the Allied powers. Measured by the conventional standards of diplomacy, the German Resistance to Hitler was a failure. However, Professor von Klemperer shows that many of the principles and strategies of the German Resistance, albeit ignored or overridden by the Allies during wartime, were to find their place in the concerns of international relations in the post-war world.
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abroad Abwehr Adam von Trott Albrecht Haushofer American Army Auswärtiges Amt BA/K Beck Berlin Bishop Bell Britain British Brüning Canaris Carl Goerdeler chief Christian Christie Church Churchill connection conspiracy conspirators coup course David Astor deutsche Dietrich Bonhoeffer document Dulles ecumenical emissaries England Erich Kordt Europe European exiles fact Foreign Office foreign policy Gaevernitz Gerhard Ritter German Opposition German Resistance Germany’s Gerstenmaier Gisevius Goerdeler’s Haeften Haider Hans Rothfels Hassell Haushofer Heinrich Brüning Helmuth von Moltke Hitler ibid interview Josef Müller June Kleist Kreisau Circle letter London Memorandum military mission Moltke’s Müller Munich National Nazi regime negotiations Neuordnung Oster Papers peace political position Prime Minister Reich Ribbentrop Ritter Roon Rothfels Russia Schönfeld Secret Secretary Sept Soviet Stauffenberg Steltzer Stockholm Sweden Switzerland Theo Kordt Theodor Steltzer Trott zu Solz unconditional surrender Vansittart Visser’t Hooft Washington Weizsäcker Widerstand Wilhelm Wirth World Council