By Martyn J. Whittock

Starting within the damaged aftermath of the 1st international battle and the Treaty of Versailles that made German restoration virtually most unlikely, Whittock tells not only the account of the lads who rose to the fore within the harmful days of the Weimar republic, circling round the cult of character generated by means of Adolf Hitler, but additionally a powerful and personality-driven review of ways traditional Germans grew to become seduced by way of the desires of a brand new international order, the 3rd Reich. The publication additionally supplies a desirable perception into the standard lifestyles in Germany throughout the moment international conflict and explores key questions comparable to how a lot did the Germans find out about the Holocaust and why did the regime finally fail so disastrously?

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Die beiden Stellinge werden eingeholt. Die erste Wache hat Manöverstationen bezogen. Die Freiwache bleibt an Oberdeck. Der I WO pfeift zum Ablegen. Der Kommandant tut, als ginge ihn das alles nicht das geringste an. Er zieht hingebungsvoll an einer dicken Zigarre. Trumann oben auf der Pier hat sich auch eine angesteckt. Die beiden grüßen sich mit ihren Zigarren zwischen Zeige- und Mittelfinger. Der I WO blickt irritiert weg. « fragt der Alte zur Pier hinauf, als die Musik aussetzt. « Der Alte läßt einen verkniffenen Blick über den Himmel wandern.

Trumann läßt wohlgefällige Blicke über das Glassammelsurium schweifen. « sagt unser Leitender. Trumann dreht bedächtig einen Zipfel des Tischtuchs seilartig auf – er braucht dazu gute fünf Minuten Zeit, weil das Tischtuch ihm zweimal, halb aufgedreht, entwischt. Dann gibt er mit der freien Linken ein Zeichen für den Klavierspieler, der prompt, als wäre die Nummer eingeübt, einen Tusch auf die Tasten drischt. « und reißt mit einem großen Armschwung das Tuch halb vom Tisch weg. Klingeling zerscherbender Gläser, Gebums und Gepolter der auf den Boden fallenden Flaschen und Teller.

Hin und 48 wieder dreht er sich im Laufen halb nach uns zurück. Sein Gesicht ist zu einer unwirschen Grimasse verzogen. Von seinen Augen ist unter dem Schatten des Mützenschirms überhaupt nichts zu sehen. Ohne die Pfeife aus dem Mund zu nehmen, fragt er mit kratziger Stimme den Leitenden: »Isses Sehrohr in Ordnung? « »Jawoll, Herr Kaleun. Ein paar Linsen hatten sich von der Kittschicht gelöst. « »Alles bereinigt. In der Kabelbahn in der E-Maschine war ein Bruch. Dadurch hatten wir den Wackelkontakt.

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