Only four men commanded Nazi extermination (as opposed to concentration) camps. Franz Stangl was one of the. Gitta Sereny’s investigation of this man’s mind. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul. Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph.

Author: Basho Mazura
Country: Paraguay
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Sex
Published (Last): 28 June 2014
Pages: 217
PDF File Size: 6.33 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.10 Mb
ISBN: 253-5-96405-973-4
Downloads: 73044
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Samugal

Von Mises had left Austria for Switzerland, but darmness German friend tipped Margit off that the authorities planned to arrest her to oblige him to return.

This is such a clear, thoughtful, balanced work. Una ricerca durata anni. After a morning of hearing the same excuses that came out of all Nazi commanders’ mouths, Sereny faced Stangl in the afternoon with an ultimatum.

What ultimately brought Stangl’s psychological fortress down was simply being asked to tell his life story in his own words.

Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness

And he had the imagination to realize how difficult it was to get to the bottom of why they happened. It was only lack of transport because of the Germans’ war requirements that prevented them from dealing with vaster numbers than they did.

Don, who died last year, was to prove a good humoured and profoundly supportive companion who accompanied Gitta through the long and painstaking research that became a hallmark of her work. So much momentum is lost during her digressions on the role of the Catholic Church in helping SS war criminals escape to South America, that even though that is interesting and obviously important, I found myself itching to get back to Stangl’s interviews.

Gitta Nito died on 14 June at age 91 whilst in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after a long illness.

Add to that the fact that Stangl worked for the T4 program and that he made it to Brazil thanks to some help of a certain Roman cardinal and the whole book evolves into a razor-sharp mythbuster of the entire Holocaust and the gihta “Odessa” escape network. Pressure was exerted from above to keep officers and guards in their places.

Sereny wrote of her final book, The German Trauma He said simply that the Nazis wanted the victims’ money. A mild mannered eye surgeon and his sophisticated British wife with Princess Diana aspirations become under stress a mass murderer and his supportive female consort. Or, more correctly, she does not allow him to dissemble. His conscience thus had two get out clauses – that he never physically harmed anyone perhaps true and that there was nothing he could do to escape his fate without putting at risk the lives of his family probably untrue: Essays and autobiography sreny Germany.


Which is why her work is among the bravest and most significant literature of the century. And indeed there was none.

Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian

Franz Stangl was commandant at the Treblinka extermination camp during world war 2 and during his tenure he oversaw the murder of overpeople. He was living in Brazil, registered under his real serny with the Austrian embassy and the Brazilian authorities.

Plus, pride comes before the serenj p. A very complex man and very good book,consideri This was a very interesting look at Franz Stangl,Interviewed when serving life sentence for war crimes. The framework of what was to be her life’s work — the exploration of childhood trauma and the nature of evil — was in place.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience

He couldn’t refuse or desert because that would hurt his family. Feb 19, Blakely rated it it was amazing Shelves: British Holocaust denier David Irving initiated a libel case against Sereny and the Guardian Media Group for gitat reviews in The Observer where she asserted he deliberately falsified the historical record in an attempt to rehabilitate the Nazis.

Stangl’s job was to make sure the paperwork gjtta in order and to sign the death certificates. It is interesting that Stangl was a respectable, polite, good husband and father, and at the same time the commendant of Treblinka. The answer was clear enough to Hitler; there would be no immediate and concerted action. The juxtaposition of reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, intp systematically fought the Nazi injustices, with the life of Franz Stangl, who systematically participated in the Nazi injustices, was memorable.

It seems like everytime you turn around there is another book out about the Holocaust. This was the first book I have read that explored what those who actually ran the Concentration Camps themselves thought during World War II.

She initially talks about the Sreeny attempt to daarkness out the Catholic Church on darkhess efforts to “euthanize” really murder mentally and physically disabled Germans and Austrians which was basically the precursor to the Holocaust emphasis is the author’s: An extraordinary and shattering book — a study of Franz Stangl, commandant of the Nazis’ Treblinka death camp, and inevitably a storehouse of glimpses of life and death, and of shocking callousness and surprising bravery inside that camp.


He didn’t want to do it, but he didn’t have the courage to stand up and say so. We had better read stories like this one, to be reminded of what might happen if we’re not very critical, well-read and insightful.

The only people who might survive them were young men or boys who were pulled out of the line for working in the camp.

It is not up until the very last interview between Sereny and Stangl that Stangl finally seems to accept that he was culpable in the murder of thousands and darkkness that it would have been better if he had died prior to his role in the Holocaust.

If you have ever asked yourself “How did the people of Germany allow the holocaust to happen,” this book explains a lot. Stangl acknowledged that he was not a ‘regular’ church goer but always went on Easter and Christmas.

Gitta Sereny – Wikipedia

The last day, he finally broke down for a few segeny and allowed himself, as Sereny put it, “to become the man he could have been. She married Don Honeyman in and moved to London where thta raised their two children. Then there is an odd fact that Stangl never wanted to explore, even in 70 hours of interviews with Sereny. Even though I understood, somewhere under the surface, that “extermination” camps and “concentration” camps were different, the starkness of that contrast is made horribly clear in this book.

My work is purely administrative But surely the book constitutes yet more evidence that humans are not to be trusted with any more than the minimally necessary authority over other humans in any circumstances. Ihto 22, Gail rated it it was amazing. He showed small kindnesses to many prisoners even as he knew the machine he ran doomed them all.

Franz Stangl var en dem.