Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul.
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He hasn’t been brainwashed by Nazi bile, he’s irritable rather than evil; he’s essentially a dadkness of modest ambition who respects or is cowed by authority.
Witnesses tell a horrible story of human nature and what can happen if we forget who we are and what we are capable of. Franz Stangl was the commandant of Treblinka, one of the four “extermination” cam It seems like everytime you turn around there is another book out about the Holocaust. It was in postwar Paris, inthat she met and married the photographer Don Honeyman, with whom she was to have a son and a daughter.
For this can prompt a sort of spiritual crisis in a person and thus act to warn us not to be so trusting of our own virtue. His method was to get them to talk, not to guide their conversation: She paid Mary for her time spent being interviewed in the s and when that fact became public the press, as you may imagine, began frothing at the mouth.
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It is not up until the very last interview between Sereny and Stangl that Stangl finally seems to accept that he was culpable in the murder of thousands and admit that it would have been better if he had died prior to his role in the Holocaust. And we have seen in the statements of individuals concerned, such as Stangl and his wife, how much the tacit approval of the Church contributed to the pacification of their conscience.
The author of Into the Darkness conducts a series of interviews with Franz Stangl, the kommandant of Treblinka and various people who knew him, including one Jewish man who survived the death camp. It wasn’t even because he was scared to challenge his superior officers. View all 6 comments.
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Oct 29, Violet wells rated it really liked it Shelves: Stangl’s job was to make sure the paperwork was in order and to sign the death certificates. This requires an understanding of how evil is allowed to persist. This total lack of empathy and lack of thinking really conveys the “banality of evil”. Inevitably she adds interviews seerny survivors of Sobibor.
Mar 30, Jennifer Mencarini rated it it was amazing. Sereny was born in ViennaAustria in Transports to Treblinka were beginning to wind down by that time anyway, because the Nazis were running out of people to kill. After writing about the rally for a class assignment she was given Mein Gita to read by her teacher so she might be able to understand what she saw there.
Gitta Sereny is perhaps the most xarkness, meticulous interviewer I’ve ever read. T4 was in charge of the Euthanasia Yhat and the extermination camps. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Well initially he could have switched to another assignment but then he would have been working for an SS official who he felt was out to get him.
But this time I said nothing. The content is certainly compelling, but the structure of the book had me slogging through it at times. These few sentences has taken almost half an hour to produce.
And so go the compromises. Oct 07, Mara rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his evasion of responsibility and unwillingness to stand up and be counted, he has unwittingly given the rest of us a paradigm of how NOT to act, and underlined the critical role we all play in the lives of others.
It is the biography of Franz Stangl, an intelligent family man and gifted administrator who became the Commandant of Treblinka. But both we and he have to.
And those who became determined to escape and to spread the truth. He was living in Brazil, registered under his real name with the Austrian embassy and the Brazilian authorities.
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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I’ve read countless books about the Holocaust and recently I started to question what my fascination is with the subject. A more on-point observation is probably that she was prone to making psychological assessments gitfa may have been accurate in some cases and inaccurate in others.
The seeeny she seeks to expose is that evil people are somehow qualitatively different. She weaves the reports of many people who either knew Stangl or knew of him or whom he mentioned around his own story. The serent is Treblinka; the character is Franz Stangl. He evinced all along an extreme discomfort with what he was doing.
When his wife found out, she was appalled. In the time since finishing it, I have found myself referencing this book constantly, and recommend it highly.
Read more Read less. Sereny didn’t want an interview; she wanted the man. Stangl considered the people he was killing to be “cargo” – so much baggage to be processed through the system.
Some because they had skills that were useful to the Nazis; a very few others escaped in the revolt of August when the camp was set on fire. About certain people that became victims. At the same conference she made a point of saying she never used the word “Holocaust” because it was the product of an American lobby group and one that subtly trivialized the Nazis’ genocidal and political murders; I think that was well judged.
Return to Book Page. It remains a mystery why he was chosen for the post. And this need to distance himself from the horror showed during the interviews.
It therefore stands as a unique record.