The Plots Against Hitler


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Mariner Books
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

DANNY ORBACH holds a B.A. in history and East Asian studies from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and is a senior lecturer in history and East Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


"In this comprehensive history, Israeli historian Orbach scrupulously analyzes the resistance movements that opposed the Nazis from 1933 to 1945. His superb research includes interviews with resistance survivors, family members, and relevant records from archives around the world. It is a balanced history of the resistance that covers the famous Operation Valkyrie plot, but gives equal treatment to the other serious attempts to resist the Nazis and assassinate Hitler. For many readers the extent of the resistance efforts of Admiral Canaris (head of German Military Intelligence), among others, will be surprising. This book is unique in that Orbach attempts to determine the motivation of the resisters in moral and ethical terms. He explains that most historians have either idolized the resisters as heroes or condemned them as self-serving criminals. Orbach sets the record straight when he concludes that the resisters to Hitler's Nazi government were imperfect but in most cases exceptional human beings who reacted with action to the criminal deeds of the Nazis. Likely to become the definitive general history of the subject and the starting place for all future research, Orbach's work is a fascinating story of courage and an excellent study of the struggle of individuals to act morally and honorably." --Publishers Weekly

"This fresh look at the German Resistance will be appreciated by students of World War II history." --Library Journal

"A robust history of the German conspiracy against Nazism . . . [A] gripping look at a historical counternarrative that remains relevant and disturbing." --KirkusReviews