Hermann Rauschning 7 August — February 8, was a German conservative reactionary  who briefly joined the Nazi movement before breaking with it. In , he renounced Nazi Party membership and in emigrated from Germany. He eventually settled in the United States and began openly denouncing Nazism. He attended the Prussian Cadet Corps institute at Potsdam and in , he obtained a doctorate from Berlin University. He fought in World War I as a lieutenant  and was wounded in action.
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Die Revolution des Nihilismus. Kulisse und Wirklichkeit im Dritten Reich. Hermann Rauschning , Adolf Hitler.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 10, Greg rated it it was amazing. Written in , and published in Europe shortly after Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia, it was published in the US in early The author -- Hermann Rauschning -- was an early true believer in the promise that National Socialism seemed to offer of liberating Germany from the economically ruinous policies imposed by the Versailles Treaty that marked the end of WWI.
However, as the '30s wore on he became increasingly disillusioned, put off by the brutality embraced by Hitler and his henchmen Written in , and published in Europe shortly after Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia, it was published in the US in early However, as the '30s wore on he became increasingly disillusioned, put off by the brutality embraced by Hitler and his henchmen and by the enlargement of the mission to "restore Germany" to include domination of all who would challenge Hitler's rule.
You might wonder what value there might be in reading a book written so long ago for, after all, hundreds of historians have combed once-hidden archives and written informed tomes that, surely, are more inclusive.
That is true, however it is fascinating to read the thoughts of one who had been an insider, and to hear his narrative of how things "went wrong. Here Rauschning is revealing. At one point, he asks how could any German be dissatisfied by the surging economy -- the result of his decision to defy the Versailles document and begin to rearm secretly -- the pride that Germany was no longer compliantly suffering at the hands of the Allied victors, and that Hitler was regaining "lost" Germany territory without bloodshed?
Curiously, he says very little about Hitler's anti-semitism and the horrific cost in human lives that were a consequence.
Does this mean that he was himself unaware of what was going on? Of course, the most evil of Hitler's actions did not gather much steam until actual war had broken out with Hitler's attack on Poland in , and Kristallnacht -- which made Hitler's policies chillingly clear to all -- occurred in the fall of , after this book was published.
Rauschning , when he speaks of Hitler's anti-semitism, tends to treat it as but one of many of Hitler's inclinations, or tactical feints, or something "tried out" to see just how far it would fly. Still, I find it disturbing that a man as high up as he once was seems to have been so little aware of, or concerned about, this critical element of Hitler's worldview and intention to act.
As others have pointed out, he also makes it very clear that the rise to power of Nazism was not inevitable. He accuses those who helped bring Hitler to power -- who did so hoping that it would further their own political stance -- of being so ignorant of Hitler's intentions and charism.
It is an irony that at the time they invited him to joint the government the National Socialists' standing among the people was actually falling! Nor does he spare the leaders of European governments for, he makes it very clear, if they had responded quickly to the first of Hitler's moves -- the rearmament of the soldiers -- they could have crushed it before it grew any larger. Even by the time of the false resolution of the Czechoslovakian crisis he believes Hitler might have backed down, although that was very late, indeed.
The subtitle of this book is "Warning to the West! Their "ultimate aim," he writes, "is the maximum of power and dominion. The means is general subversion, the destruction of the existing order so as to have a free hand for the building of a new and greater dominion. Everyone who is still capable of thinking for himself must know that National Socialism is leading us to self-destruction.
The revolutionary character of its foreign policy must inevitably lead to campaigns which will exhaust the nation. In opposition to its boundless aims and revolutionary methods, the plain question must bg asked what lasting benefit they can bring the nation. Even if the Third Reich achieves complete success in the redistribution of the world In speaking of the "style" of leadership exemplified by such people as Hitler and Goebbels, he talks about how they have no real intention of persuading by use of facts or thoughtful reasoning, for they are interested only in what "facts" or arguments can allow them to prevail.
They speak often, loudly, and with the repetition of key themes; they demonstrate remarkable ability to change the topic, to avoid answering specific questions.
In their entire manner they demonstrate arrogance towards those who disagree with them and are intent upon taking every path possible in achieving their goals, civic rules of behavior or laws to the contrary. People who behave like this are not necessarily fascists, but they ARE totalitarians. Andrew rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Michael rated it really liked it Oct 02, Mike rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Alihadian32 rated it it was amazing Jan 21, David rated it really liked it Oct 24, Dan rated it it was ok Nov 12, Jack King rated it really liked it Jan 12, Henri rated it liked it Oct 11, Pat Schakelvoort rated it really liked it Oct 07, Tom rated it liked it May 18, Vamstad rated it liked it Jul 10, Paige marked it as to-read Jul 03, Edward Waverley marked it as to-read Oct 28, Sara-Maria Sorentino marked it as to-read Feb 14, Amy marked it as to-read May 25, Philippe marked it as to-read Apr 03, Chris added it Apr 21, Newonow added it Nov 22, Maha Ramanathan marked it as to-read Dec 21, Saulo marked it as to-read Jan 09, Bryan marked it as to-read Jan 23, Ultra marked it as to-read Apr 09, Dolores M.
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