Go-Betweens for Hitler

Go Betweens for Hitler This is the untold story of how some of Germany s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations a

  • Title: Go-Betweens for Hitler
  • Author: Karina Urbach
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This is the untold story of how some of Germany s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe especially in Britain, where their contacts included the press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.Using previously unexpThis is the untold story of how some of Germany s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe especially in Britain, where their contacts included the press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.Using previously unexplored sources from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the USA, Karina Urbach unravels the story of top level go betweens such as the Duke of Coburg, grandson of Queen Victoria, and the seductive Stephanie von Hohenlohe, who rose from a life of poverty in Vienna to become a princess and an intimate of Adolf Hitler As Urbach shows, Coburg and other senior aristocrats were tasked with some of Germany s most secret foreign policy missions from theFirst World War onwards, culminating in their role as Hitler s trusted go betweens, as he readied Germany for conflict during the 1930s and later, in the Second World War.Tracing what became of these high level go betweens in the years after the Nazi collapse in 1945 from prominent media careers to sunny retirements in Marbella the book concludes with an assessment of their overall significance in the foreign policy of the Third Reich.

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    1. Although this book is titled, “Go-Betweens for Hitler,” it actually covers a much longer period than just the years when Hitler was in power and looks at the role of European aristocracy from before the first world war until after the second. The aristocracy had international links through marriage and family which made them extremely useful in diplomatic relations. This is perfectly demonstrated in WWI, with the Tsar of Russia, the German Kaiser and the British King all being first cousins. [...]

    2. Despite the title almost half of the book is about the royal back channel communications during WW1, however this detail is a necessary precursor to understand the Nazi period. Urbach's account is detailed and readable covering many royal go betweens and suggesting some interesting events despite the closure of many royal archives. Amongst other revisionist claims, Kahn suggests deeper complicity of Edward VIII with the Nazis than those stated in Phillip Ziegler's biography. A fascinating book t [...]

    3. 4.5 Disclaimer: Read via Netgalley courtesy of OUP. In some ways, Karina Urbach’s Go-Betweens for Hitler is a good book to read before Royals and the Reich by Jonathan Petropoulus, but to say so diminishes Urbach for her writing, and therefore her book, are superior. Petropoulus’ book isn’t bad; it is a bit long winded. Urbach’s book is not long winded and her discussion of go-betweens is great. I have no idea if Urbach’s claim about Go-Betweens being understudied is true, but I want t [...]

    4. As soon as I started reading this book, I realized I got more than I had bargained for. The first half of the book isn't about Hitler at all but covers the role of the European aristocracy as go-betweens before and during World War I. This long prelude is absolutely necessary to understand why so many of them were later so willing to collaborate with Hitler. The aristocracy were the perfect go-betweens because of the alliances they had created through marriage all over Europe. Their internationa [...]

    5. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. It gave me much more that I imagined. I went in thinking that the book would cover Hitler's time in power, but it went way beyond that. History buffs would love this book for its amazing accounts of the politics behind war and power.

    6. A salutary reminder that the aristocracy and the Establishment will always trim their sails towards Power

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