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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach, Jérôme Fehrenbach Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The only firsthand account of the failed German military plot to kill Hitler—as told by one of the key conspirators.

When World War II erupted, Philipp von Boeselager, son of an aristocratic Catholic family, fought enthusiastically for his country as a cavalry lieutenant. But in the summer of 1942, when he witnessed the regime’s criminal brutality toward Jews and Gypsies, his patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of officers intent on killing Hitler.

After one aborted attempt—in which Boeselager was assigned to shoot both Hitler and Heinrich Himmler—it was decided that a bomb would be used to assassinate the Führer. Boeselager delivered the explosives and then led his unwitting men toward Berlin in order to carry out the coup d’état. When the bomb failed to kill Hitler, the SS launched a terrifying purge of senior army officers. Boeselager managed to return his units to the front before, one by one, the other conspirators were rounded up, tortured, and executed. None of them betrayed Boeselager.

In his unvarnished, harrowing testimony, Philipp von Boeselager—who died on May 1, 2008—gives eloquent voice to the courageous spirit of these men whose profound sense of honor could not be dimmed by the diabolical propaganda of the Third Reich.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daryl Crompton | 9/26/2013

    " Read after reading Diary of Ann Frank... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kiessa | 10/3/2012

    " I am over half way through with this book and just can't go on. I enjoy history, especially about this period, but this book is poorly written, dull, and confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 7/1/2012

    " Memoirs of Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager which he wrote shortly before his death in 2008 in his eighties. He was a survivor of the plot to kill Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 6/15/2012

    " Very intersting. I listened to the audiobook. Some very brave men! "

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Author Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager

Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1917, the fifth of nine children. He was raised with a liberal education, strong moral and religious values, and a love of hunting. In 1938, he enlisted and was placed in the cavalry regiment. He rose to the rank of commanding lieutenant, only to join the German resistance in 1941. His participation in Valkyrie went undetected, and he lived to be the last surviving member of the plot. In 2003, France awarded von Boeselager the Legion of Honor. He died on May 1, 2008.