The Plots Against Hitler

Title:                      The Plots Against Hitler

Author:                 Danny Orbach

Orbach, Danny (2016). The Plots Against Hitler. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

LCCN:    2015043037

DD247.H5 O72 2016


  • “A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler”– Provided by publisher.


  • Introduction — Opposition in flames — “That damned mare!” : the army top-brass scandal — The officer, the mayor and the spy — “In the darkest colors” : the decision of General Beck — The bird and its cage : first attempt at coup d’état — Without a network : the lone assassin — The point of no return : pogrom and war — The spirit of Zossen : when networks fail — Signs in the darkness : rebuilding the conspiracy — On the wings of thought : networks of imagination — Brokers on the frontline : the new strategy — War of extermination : the conspirators and the Holocaust — Flash and liqueur bottles : assassinations attempts in the East — Codename U-7 : rescue and abyss — Count von Stauffenberg : the charismatic turn — Thou shalt kill : the problem of tyrannicide — A wheel conspiracy : the Stauffenberg Era — The final showdown : July 20, 1944 — The shirt of Nessus — Motives in the twilight — Networks of resistance — Epilogue : knights in dirty armor : “heroes of the resistance and us”.


Date Posted:      April 25, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

Israeli historian Orbach analyzes the resistance movements that opposed the Nazis. Covers the famous Operation Valkyrie plot, and gives equal treatment to other serious attempts to resist the Nazis and assassinate Hitler. The extent of the resistance efforts of Admiral Canaris (head of German Military Intelligence), will surprise many readers. Too many historians have either idolized the resisters as heroes or condemned them as self-serving criminals. Orbach concludes that the resisters were imperfect but exceptional humans reacting to the moral repugnancy of criminal Nazis acts.

[1] The Intelligencer (22, 2, Fall 2016, p. 130 ).

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