By Benjamin Carter Hett

In the course of a 1931 trial of 4 Nazi stormtroopers, referred to as the Eden Dance Palace trial, Hans Litten grilled Hitler in a super and cruel three-hour cross-examination, forcing him into a number of contradictions and evasions and eventually decreasing him to helpless and humiliating rage (the transcription of Hitler's complete testimony is included.) on the time, Hitler was once nonetheless attempting to end up his embody of felony tools, and distancing himself from his stormtroopers. The brave Litten printed his real intentions, and within the strategy, posed a true danger to Nazi ambition. while the Nazis seized strength years after the trial, family and friends steered Litten to escape the rustic. He stayed and was once despatched to the focus camps, the place he labored on translations of medieval German poetry, shared the money and nutrients he used to be despatched via his filthy rich family members, and taught working-class inmates approximately paintings and literature. whilst Jewish prisoners at Dachau have been locked of their barracks for weeks at a time, Litten stored them sane through reciting nice works from reminiscence. After 5 years of torture and difficult labor-and a bold get away that failed-Litten gave up wish of survival. His tale used to be eventually tragic yet, as Benjamin Hett writes during this gripping narrative, it's also redemptive. "It is a narrative of human the Aristocracy within the face of barbarism." the 1st full-length biography of Litten, the ebook additionally explores the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the fear of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933. [in sidebar] Winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize for remarkable paintings of up to date background, in manuscript. To be released during the global.

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30 Although its influence endured, the life of the Black Mob itself was short. The combination of nonpartisan radicalism, ambivalence to Jewish religious observance, and aggressive recruiting among the members of the other Bund factions quickly aroused hostility in those other groups. Added to this was Hans Litten’s considerable talent for provoking quarrels. All of this came to a head at a meeting of the leaders of the Bund in 1927, at which a motion was tabled to expel the Black Mob. One delegate denounced ‘‘the yoke’’ that Litten had ‘‘imposed’’ on members of his group.

He worked without interruption,’’ said Max. ’’41 On a typical day Litten would rise very early, eat a quick breakfast, and take the subway to the criminal courthouse in Berlin-Moabit, the northwest Berlin district that, as home to the two busiest criminal courthouses in Germany and two prisons, had become a byword for criminal law. In the afternoon he would usually go to his office near Alexander Square to work and to hold his office hours; only the very large cases, such as the Eden Dance Palace trial, would keep him in Moabit in the afternoons as well.

These young people were early twentieth-century, middle-class, central European Jews, who believed fervently in the formative qualities of art and science. ’’ Then there 24 Crossing Hitler was the ‘‘history course,’’ in which the members were to learn history ‘‘as it was,’’ and not in the propagandized form in which German schools delivered it. Subgroups concerned themselves with studying the Talmud or the writings of Walter Rathenau, the German Jewish foreign minister who was murdered by right-wing extremists in 1922.

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