Red Orchestra : the story of the Berlin underground and the circle of friends who resisted Hitler
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New York, N.Y. : Random House, 2009.
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Central Adult Nonfiction
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In this unforgettable book, distinguished author Anne Nelson shares one of the most shocking and inspiring–and least chronicled–stories of domestic resistance to the Nazi regime. The Rote Kapelle, or Red Orchestra, was the Gestapo’s name for an intrepid band of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats (almost half of them women) who battled treacherous odds to unveil the brutal secrets of their fascist employers and oppressors.Based on years of research, featuring new information, and culled from exclusive interviews, Red Orchestra documents this riveting story through the eyes of Greta Kuckhoff, a German working mother. Fighting for an education in 1920s Berlin but frustrated by her country’s economic instability and academic sexism, Kuckhoff ventured to America, where she immersed herself in jazz, Walt Disney movies, and the first stirrings of the New Deal. When she returned to her homeland, she watched with anguish as it descended into a totalitarian society that relegated her friends to exile and detention, an environment in which political extremism evoked an extreme response.Greta and others in her circle were appalled by Nazi anti-Semitism and took action on many fronts to support their Jewish friends and neighbors. As the war raged and Nazi abuses grew in ferocity and reach, resistance was the only possible avenue for Greta and her compatriots. These included Arvid Harnack–the German friend she met in Wisconsin–who collected anti-Nazi intelligence while working for their Economic Ministry; Arvid’s wife, Mildred, who emigrated to her husband’s native country to become the only American woman executed by Hitler; Harro Schulze-Boysen, the glamorous Luftwaffe intelligence officer who smuggled anti-Nazi information to allies abroad; his wife, Libertas, a social butterfly who coaxed favors from an unsuspecting Göring; John Sieg, a railroad worker from Detroit who publicized Nazi atrocities from a Communist underground printing press; and Greta Kuckhoff’s husband, Adam, a theatrical colleague of Brecht’s who found employment in Goebbels’s propaganda unit in order to undermine the regime.For many members of the Red Orchestra, these audacious acts of courage resulted in their tragic and untimely end. These unsung individuals are portrayed here with startling and sympathetic power. As suspenseful as a thriller, Red Orchestra is a brilliant account of ordinary yet bold citizens who were willing to sacrifice everything to topple the Third Reich.
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Book
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First edition.
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xxvi, 388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
1400060001 (alk. paper), 9781400060009 (alk. paper)

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [341]-377) and index.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Nelson, A. (2009). Red Orchestra: the story of the Berlin underground and the circle of friends who resisted Hitler. First edition. New York, N.Y.: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Nelson, Anne, 1954-. 2009. Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler. New York, N.Y.: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Nelson, Anne, 1954-, Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler. New York, N.Y.: Random House, 2009.

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Nelson, Anne. Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler. First edition. New York, N.Y.: Random House, 2009. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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