The True German: The Diary of a World War II Military Judge
|Author:||Werner Otto Mueller-Hill|
Werner Otto Muller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany hurtled into destruction--what he thought about the fate of the Jewish people, the danger from the Bolshevik East once an Allied victory was imminent, his longing for his home and family and, throughout it, a relentless disdain and hatred for the man who dragged his beloved Germany into this cataclysm, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Muller-Hill calls himself a German nationalist, the true Prussian idealist who was there before Hitler and would be there after. Published in Germany and France, Muller-Hill's diary has been hailed as a unique document, praised for its singular candor and uncommon insight into what the German army was like on the inside. It is an extraordinary testament to a part of Germany's people that historians are only now starting to acknowledge and fills a gap in our knowledge of WWII.
"Otto Werner Muller-Hill, "the true German," was the rare individual who tried to tell and to remember the truth about the violence the Nazis meted out and the lies they told, even as the Allies approached the borders of his beloved Germany. A very valuable document about a mind not held captive."--Peter A. Fritzsche, author of "Life and Death in the Third Reich""Perfectly clear-headed. An important document " --"Le Figaro ""This document confirms that German officials knew about the final solution." --"Le Nouvel Observateur" "The diary casts a spell over the reader from the first to the final page. A disconcerting and highly informative book." -- "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung""Werner Otto Muller Hill's "war diary" provides answers and is particularly worth reading for its insightful analysis."-- "Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger" "As his wartime diary shows, the military judge Werner Otto Muller-Hill was one of the few people who thought for themselves in Germany. His sober, prescient assessements of the situation back then make this historical document an informative read." --"Stuttgarter Zeitung"
Werner Otto Muller-Hill was a military judge in the Wehrmacht who began a diary in the last days of World War II. He survived the war and went on to become a prosecutor. He died in 1977. Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and recently was the Bertelsmann Visiting Professor of Twentieth Century Jewish Politics and History at Oxford University. He is the author of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler and Backing Hitler, and he edited The Nuremberg Diaries by Leon Goldensohn.
Table of Contents Introduction by Robert Gellately Journal Entries: March 28, 1944 - June 7, 1945 Picture Credits Notes