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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Nelson Narrator: Anne Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This riveting account of German resistance is based on years of research by the distinguished journalist Anne Nelson. This is a beautiful and moving portrait of ordinary but heroic figures—an untold story of a circle of Germans and German-Americans in Berlin who took a principled stand against Hitler and the Holocaust. They expressed their opposition by infiltrating the Nazi ministries, distributing samizdat literature to break through the information blockade, and trying to help the Allied forces achieve a military victory.

The narrative is constructed around the life of Greta Kuckhoff, an “ordinary woman” educated at the University of Wisconsin, who returned to Germany only to see it sink into a fascist nightmare. The book relates the history of her resistance circle against an explanation of how Germany’s civil society was systematically eroded.

Greta and her friends grapple with questions of ongoing concern today. How can a citizen balance the tensions between patriotism and ethics? How can civic duty be defined in a period when peaceful protest fails? How do government restrictions and the concentration of media ownership compromise democratic expression?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nelson’s riveting book speaks proudly of Greta, Mildred, and all of the nearly three million Germans who resisted Hitler’s iron will, and gives the reader a somber view of hell from the inside.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nelson effectively conveys the sense of determination and tension that characterized members [of the Red Orchestra], particularly as the Gestapo closed in on them.”

    Booklist

  • “The Red Orchestra was the great classic spy network of the 1930s and World War II. Anne Nelson’s Red Orchestra, superbly researched and sharply written, is about the real, very brave people who made up this network—who they were, what they did, and the price they paid for their resistance to tyranny in Europe’s darkest hour.”

    Alan Furst, author of The Spies of Warsaw

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timothy McCluskey | 10/18/2013

    " Nelson is obviously a journalist. She captures the essence of the movement, though I would like more in-depth analysis. Her treatment of the capture and the trials were 'too quick.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by GlenK | 10/13/2013

    " An excellent story that deserves telling but I think this narrative was a bit too passive. Not dull at all but not really exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 9/18/2013

    " A compelling, historical account of the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party and the resistance by a group of German citizens known as the Red Orchestra. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Carraturo | 6/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this book and the amount of research compiled is impressive. "

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