This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg—Hitler’s chief architect of Nazi ideology—is an unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler’s post-invasion plans for Russia.
A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil’s Diary
is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler’s chief social
philosopher, Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding
principles behind the Third Reich’s genocidal crusade. It also
chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for the diary, which disappeared
after the Nuremberg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters
of a century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who
founded the Bureau’s Art Crimes Team, played an important role in its recovery and tells
his story now for the first time.
The authors expertly and deftly
contextualize more than four hundred pages of entries stretching from 1936
through 1944, in which the loyal Hitler advisor recounts internal
meetings with the Fürher and his close associates Hermann Göring and
Heinrich Himmler; describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet
Union; considers the “solution” to the “Jewish question;” and discusses
his overseeing of the mass seizure and cataloging of books and artwork
from homes, libraries, and museums across occupied Europe. An eyewitness
to events, this narrative of Rosenberg’s diary offers provocative and
intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the notorious Nazi
who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich. Download and start listening now!