The author became sickened by the brutal and repressive nature of Nazi rule which overshadowed every aspect of her life. She became involved in the Resistance and the diaries vividly describe her part in the drama and its aftermath.
By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is now available in a new paperback edition. CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s—specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany. Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter at the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done—a pure act of journalistic witness.
“This is not a book I will forget any time soon.” ―Story Circle Book Reviews Moving and provocative, Api’s Berlin Diaries offers a personal perspective on the fall of Berlin 1945 and the far-reaching aftershocks of the Third Reich. After her mother’s death, Robinson was thrilled to find her beloved grandfather’s war diaries—only to discover that he had been a Nazi. The award-winning memoir shows Api, a doctor in Berlin, desperately trying to help the wounded in cellars without water or light. He himself was reduced to anxiety and despair, the daily diary his main refuge. As Robinson retraces Api’s steps half a century later, she tries to come up with answers to why he joined the Nazi party while also remembering the happiest years of her childhood with him. For readers of today this moving memoir provides a timely reminder that we all need to reckon with our countries’ pasts. “This is a must read for anyone interested in the German experience during WWII..” —Ariana Neumann, author of When Time Stopped
“A vivid and unforgettable word picture of the destruction of Nazi Germany” (The New York Times). A radio broadcaster and journalist for Edward R. Murrow at CBS, William Shirer was new to the world of broadcast journalism when he began keeping a diary while on assignment in Europe during the 1930s. It was in 1940, when he was still a virtual unknown, that Shirer wondered whether his eyewitness account of the collapse of the world around Nazi Germany could be of any interest or value as a book. Shirer’s Berlin Diary, which is considered the first full record of what was happening in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich, appeared in 1941. The book was an instant success—and would not be the last of his expert observations on Europe. Shirer returned to the European front in 1944 to cover the end of the war. As the smoke cleared, Shirer—who watched the birth of a monster that threatened to engulf the world—now stood witness to the death of the Third Reich. End of a Berlin Diary chronicles this year-long study of Germany after Hitler. Through a combination of Shirer’s lucid, honest reporting, along with passages on the Nuremberg trials, copies of captured Nazi documents, and an eyewitness account of Hitler’s last days, Shirer provides insight into the unrest, the weariness, and the tentative steps world leaders took towards peace.
The author of the international bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers a personal account of life in Nazi Germany at the start of WWII. By the late 1930s, Adolf Hitler, Führer of the Nazi Party, had consolidated power in Germany and was leading the world into war. A young foreign correspondent was on hand to bear witness. More than two decades prior to the publication of his acclaimed history, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer was a journalist stationed in Berlin. During his years in the Nazi capital, he kept a daily personal diary, scrupulously recording everything he heard and saw before being forced to flee the country in 1940. Berlin Diary is Shirer’s first-hand account of the momentous events that shook the world in the mid-twentieth century, from the annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia to the fall of Poland and France. A remarkable personal memoir of an extraordinary time, it chronicles the author’s thoughts and experiences while living in the shadow of the Nazi beast. Shirer recalls the surreal spectacles of the Nuremberg rallies, the terror of the late-night bombing raids, and his encounters with members of the German high command while he was risking his life to report to the world on the atrocities of a genocidal regime. At once powerful, engrossing, and edifying, William L. Shirer’s Berlin Diary is an essential historical record that illuminates one of the darkest periods in human civilization.
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 We had the best, happiest, and uneventest year of our lives in 1933. We lived it as we dreamed and planned, beautifully independent of the rest of the world. It couldn’t have gone on for ever. #2 We have spent the past twelve months doing nothing significant. We swam, hike, and read. We had time to know each other, to loaf, and to wine and eat. We saw the bull-fights in the afternoon and the Barrio Chino at night in Barcelona. #3 The shooting continued until midnight, when the Mobile Guards began to get the upper hand. Several times, the Place de la Concorde changed hands, but the police were in control by midnight. #4 The rioting last night was the result of the Stavisky scandal, but the swindles demonstrate the rottenness and weakness of French democracy. Daladier and his Minister of the Interior, Eugène Frot, gave the U. N. C. permission to demonstrate, and they should have refused it.
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was in London for the World Security Conference, which was held at Dumbarton Oaks mansion. The Russians and Americans had a wide divergence of opinion on the peace structure. #2 Willkie died suddenly at noon. He had been ill, but his death came as a shock. He had been a good friend, and I had written him a joking note about his illness a few days before I left New York. #3 I returned to Germany in November 1926, after the last great war of our time, to see how the country and the people were coping with the destruction of their city. They were a sorry specimen to behold. #4 The citizens of Frankfurt were not pitiful specimens of humanity, but they were still willing to cheer Hitler and the Nazi cause. They had won them a great war.