Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich

Inside Hitler s Bunker The Last Days of the Third Reich Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin fought by boys and old men to the growing paranoia that marke

  • Title: Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich
  • Author: Joachim C. Fest Margot Dembo
  • ISBN: 9780312423926
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler s mental state, to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin Inside Hitler s Bunker combiFest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler s mental state, to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin Inside Hitler s Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world.

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    1. Reading too many books about Hitler threatens to plant one in the demographic of middle aged American white guys who go to Pennsylvania wargame cons in full Waffen gear, then go home to have their wives put on dirndls and spank them. I am not a part of that demographic (ough I've played more rounds of Europe Engulfed than is probably healthy). This is for work. This. Is. For. Work. So there are a few brands of German writing about the war. There's the Sebald-style, revisionist, it's-time-to-look [...]

    2. Een zeer intrigerend document over 's werelds meest bekende dictator.Ik vind het boeiend hoe men, zelfs op het einde, nog bleef vasthangen aan het charisma van Hitler ook al was deze zelf erg ziek en slecht te been op het einde van z'n dagen. SS bleef hondstrouw terwijl anderen van de Wehrmacht de overgave bepleitten om het zinloze verlies van mensenlevens en soldatenlevens te sparen. Hitler had in het begin van z'n carrière al gezegd dat het alles of niets wordt. Ofwel de totale overwinning, o [...]

    3. I get a little nervous when a "history" book (at least, that was the section it was in) doesn't have any endnotes or footnotes. I get more than a little nervous when the explanation given by the author is essentially "lots of the accounts contradicted one another, so I didn't want to confuse you, the reader, by including citations". Granted, the scene in Hitler's bunker in those final months of the war were confusing to say the least. But throw us history majors a bone here, Herr Fest. Much of t [...]

    4. I thought the movie "The Downfall" was excellent, so thought this book might be also, since the movie was partly based on this book. But the book was disappointing. For one thing, I felt like I had walked into a discussion already underway, with no one explaining the things you had missed. It assumed you already knew all the players involved, and the basic plot. Sometimes captions to pictures explained who some of the people were, but not others, and left you to guess which was which. For anothe [...]

    5. It's somewhat surprising that the precise events and situations inside Hitler's bunker in April 1945 are so hard to pin down with complete accuracy. Eyewitnesses who walked in on the bodies minutes later couldn't even agree on whether Adolf and Eva Hitler were found together on the same sofa after committing suicide, or Eva was in a separate chair. Fest does a good job reconciling multiple accounts, and specifies where he isn't certain. This book certainly puts to rest the notion that the Soviet [...]

    6. Not sure if I should rate this book as a 2 or 3 or 4. So, I hit the middle -- a 3. It's my first real honest to goodness read on the Last few days of Hitler and that's why a 3. The author, Fest, seems to put together a good account of what MAY have happened inside the Bunker. Who is really telling the TRUTH when it comes to these Nazis trying to make account of what REALLY HAPPENED?? There apparently was extreme tension the last few weeks in the Bunker, UNDERSTANDABLY since the Russians were pra [...]

    7. I find Impossible Germany to understand.Unlikely Japan, more too."Impossible GermanyUnlikely JapanWherever you goWherever you landI'll say what this means to meI'll do what I canImpossible GermanyUnlikely JapanThe fundamental problemWe all need to faceThis is importantBut I know you're not listeningNo I know you're not listeningIf this was still new to me I wouldn't understandImpossible GermanyUnlikely JapanBut this is what love is forTo be out of placeGorgeous and aloneFace to faceWith no large [...]

    8. "Inside Hitler's Bunker" tells the story of those last few chaotic days before Berlin fell and Hitler committed suicide. A similar account, but much more detailed description of the fall of Berlin, can be read in Antony Beevor's "Berlin, The Downfall 1945" But if you don't know the story, Joachim Fest's book is a good detailed account specifically of the mood and events inside Hitler's bunker. The historic chapters are interspersed with chapters he calls "Reflections" which discuss some theme re [...]

    9. If you've seen the film Downfall (based on Fest's work) or read any other piece of literature about Hitler's final hours then this book has nothing to offer. However if you know very little about the matter then this is the perfect vehicle into the world of 1945 Berlin. More suited to casual readers than historians as it doesn't feature any footnotes or endnotes, Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich is as entertaining as it is informative. Joachim Fest is probably Germany's m [...]

    10. The reconstruction of events that played out in the dying days of the Nazi Regime is gripping to say the least. Joachim Fest was born in 1926 and grew up in the family of an anti-Nazi father. He would have witnessed Hitler’s rise to power through the eyes of a child; the transition into war when he was a young adolescent and finally, he was a young adult when it all ended in an inglorious defeat.At the end he was a prisoner of war in France, having enlisted in the Wehrmacht in December 1944, a [...]

    11. Joachim Fest introduces us to this truly exceptional study in his foreword by the opening line: ‘No catastrophe in recent history is comparable to the collapse of Germany in 1945.’What I would add is that there can be few books on the subject comparable to Joachim Fest’s ‘Inside Hitler’s Bunker’. And however clichéd my following line may sound, it IS plain to read that Fest did his homework, for the results are outstanding.Humbly enough, toward the end of the foreward, he states tha [...]

    12. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se poate gasi pe blogul meuJoachim Fest strânge informaţii, strânge declaraţii, pune cap la cap jurnalele celor care au supravieţuit şi care au fost alături de Hitler până la sfîrşit, face ordine în haosul hârţogăraiei comuniste şi reuşeşte, cât îi permit informaţiile existente, să recreeze minuţios ultimele zile din viaţa Führer-ului. Simpla trecere în revistă a unor informaţii, pe care, în mod normal, le deţineam deja, nu fac din [...]

    13. Fascinating little read about the last days of Hitler's life. The book is smartly divided into four chronologically organized sections, each with a narrative detailing the "what" and a reflective summary trying to explain the "why." Fest presents an illuminating look at a man that morally doesn't deserve one's attention, but historically makes for fascinating content. The book centers on the almost unbelievable turn of events in the last few weeks of the Third Reich: despite an absolutely epic c [...]

    14. Joachim Fest este cunoscut ca fiind un jurnalist fascinat de Hitler și umbrele sale. Spre deosebire de alți istorici, Fest tratează perioada celui de-al Treilea Reich nu ca un subiect de tratat istoric, ci ca pe o mică frescă care cuprinde atât de multe esențe ce duc către buncărul în care Hitler s-a ascuns, dictând mișcările unei armate care mai mărșăluia doar în imaginația sa. Chiar dacă au apărut nenumărate studii care au tratat latura nazismului, decăderii lui Hitler ș [...]

    15. หนังสือเล่มนี้คือต้นฉบับของภาพยนตร์ Downfall (Der Untergang) ที่สำหรับผมถือว่าเป็น 1 ใน 3 หนังสงครามที่ดีที่สุดที่เคยดูมาเรื่องราวในหนังสือเล่าถึงช่วงเวลาสุดท้ายในชีวิตของอดอล์ฟ ฮิตเลอร์ภา [...]

    16. It’s a very well written book which details the last days of Hitler’s life and the surrender of Berlin and the Third Reich. It was April 1945 when the Soviet forces launched an offensive against Berlin, and it became apparent very quickly that the city had no means to repel it. The city and the Third Reich surrendered at the beginning of May 1945. Hitler was dead by then. He spent this time inside his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery in Berlin where he tried to conduct a defensive and de [...]

    17. Poucos eventos da história do século XX terão tido um impacto dramático equivalente ao dos últimos dias do Terceiro Reich, na Primavera de 1945. Esta é uma vibrante reconstrução do período que antecedeu a queda de um dos mais infames regimes políticos da história recente, dando particular atenção à terrível Batalha de Berlim e à vida no bunker de Adolf Hitler, situado por baixo da Chancelaria do Reich. Com uma prosa cativante, este livro narra como, totalmente indiferente ao dest [...]

    18. The war theme continues with this non-fictional account of the last days of Hitler. According to this book, Hitler merely revelled in destruction, and took more satisfaction from carnage, chaos and ultimate defeat than from any victory he managed to attain. Thus he chose death in the ruins of Berlin as a fitting end to his Wagnerian tragedy as opposed to death or capture in some foreign clime. It seems he could have escaped, but hung on to be the architect of his own destruction, in the way that [...]

    19. Although good as a review or for people that want to understand what is really happening in the movie "Downfall", the book fell short when it came to detail and was completely devoid of footnotes. If someone I knew asked me for an easy book to read so that they could get what was going on, this book would probably be one I'd recommend. But after having read The Bunker, this felt like it was missing so much.Instead of that detail (which made "The Bunker" so compelling), the author adds a few chap [...]

    20. A comprehensive historical account of the last days of Hitler, informed by eyewitness testimony as well as documentation which became available in the years after the war. Creepy to read, but gives a good snapshot of the madness that took hold at the very end of the reich, and specifically how it unfolded in Hitler's bunker under the Reichschancellery. Good to read in parallel with The Last Days of Hitler (a 1946 book written close to the events, specifically dedicated to explaining what happene [...]

    21. This book has a movie companion that follows it (movie version of the book) called "Down Fall" which is a German movie with English subtitles. Both the book and movie are quite good. The book, of course, has much more detail. It chronicles the frustrations of some of Hitler's generals and military staff as decisions that seemed to make little sense to them, while others followed couragiously despite what their military experience screamed at them. It gives you a good sense of how serious things [...]

    22. Hitler in the fuhrer bunker remains one of my all time favorite subjects, and that is probably the only reason i made it through this book. The book claims to be necessary because it corrects several mistakes made in previous works on the subject. It doesn't do that, it just says we can't really be sure what happened in a few instances. Also, if you are not thoroughly educated on the third reich, you may become confused, that's not really in my opinion the author's fault, he is not trying to wri [...]

    23. Still slightly in shock after reading this. Does anyone else see the ironic parallels betqween the isolation of the leaders of the 3rd Reich in their ghastly bunker with Anne Frank’s isolation in the annex? Creepy. I think the book suffered from a lack of organization. It seems to me as if the author was skipping around rather mindlessly rather than reinforcing the threads he was revealing. I found the portions imbued with comic relief to be the most powerful simply because of the contrast the [...]

    24. This was a captivating, and thoroughly-researched account of the subterannean, dying days of the Third Reich, and the apocalyptic end-game endured by those living within the Berlin 'citadel'. This book should be viewed as essential reading for all those with an interest in both the psychology of Adolf Hitler, and the motivations of key personalities within his entourage. The book also provides a compelling, and detailed account of the final excesses and human tragedies which formed the basis for [...]

    25. This was a good narrative about the final days of Hitler's Germany. The author, Joachim Fest, consolidates numerous oral and written sources to draw a picture of the weeks before and after Hitler’s death. Fest analyzes Hitler’s decisions, deterioration, and physical disappearance with much commentary and some speculation. While the book has a good index, the author skips the use of sourcing due to the professed complexity of the varying accounts of the penned events. This is a good book with [...]

    26. Very good for anyone who is new to the subject or just wants an engaging summary of the "final days" of the Third Reich. However, you will find most of the same information plus more in a number of other books (including Fest's own "Hitler") so I wouldn't recommend it for those who have a deeper interest in World War 2 or Nazi Germany. Try Cornelius Ryan or Max Hastings's books on the topic instead.

    27. Ok, I keep seeing countless reviews saying this, so let me just state once. THE MOVIE "Down Fall" IS NOT BASED ON THIS BOOK. I was actually in Germany when the movie came out (not to mention it actually says this on the DVD itself) and the movie is based on a book by Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge. The english title escapes me, but it is something like "Hitler's Last Secretary" or something like that. In German it is "Im Toten Winkel". If you type in her name the book will pop up.

    28. I find it difficult to write a sufficient review of this book when I can't get the photograph of the Goebbels family out of my head. These smiling, happy children were innocent, murdered by a lunatic who worshipped a lunatic, just as countless others had been murdered throughout the Nazi state. It's hard to find Hitler's death very satisfying when one is reminded of the deaths that continued even after he killed himself.

    29. In this short book, Fest proves what I have thought all alongHitler cared about nothing but destruction. Fest recreates the scene in the bunker as the Russian army closed in on Berlin and gives a frightening account of a madman trying to bring Germany down along with him. I still wonder why so many stayed with Hitler to the very end, but Fest gives examples of Hitler's hypnotic power over others. A very good read.

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