Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member

Valkyrie The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler by Its Last Member Valkyrie The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler by Its Last Member

  • Title: Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member
  • Author: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager Steven Rendall Florence Fehrenbach Jerome Fehrenbach
  • ISBN: 9780307270757
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
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    • Laura لاورا says:

      Evviva la Resistenza tedesca! Viva tutte le Resistenze!Amo leggere libri di questo genere che sono una testimonianza diretta di chi allora c’era. Il tema della Resistenza tedesca, poi, m’interessa e mi appassiona in modo particolare: penso che essa riscatti l’immagine di un Paese e di un’intera nazione che avrebbe meritato ben altro. Personaggi come Claus von Stauffenberg e tutti i congiurati della celebre Operazione Valchiria, così come i ragazzi della Rosa Bianca (dico un nome per tut [...]

    • Kimba Tichenor says:

      Valkyrie: On the Danger of Simplifying the Past and Creating False HeroesThis book tells the story of how two brothers, Philip and Georg von Boeselager, became members of the failed July 1944 plot to kill Hitler. As many earlier reviewers have noted, the book does not center on the assassination attempt itself. Instead it focuses on the conditions that led the two brothers to join the plot and the conditions under which the plotters carried out the assassination. Thus the vast majority of the bo [...]

    • Janet says:

      Probably the single most important book I’ve read so far this year. Not because it was fascinating, or well-written, or had lots of gory details, but because it made me think. I got a “Germans bad, Nazis worse, be glad they lost” version of WW2 in my history classes. We never (to my knowledge) looked past the Nazi party to see the “real” Germany. After I read von Boeselager’s work, I realized that first of all, not all Germans were Nazis. And second, the vast majority of Germans were [...]

    • Mansuriah Hassan says:

      This is a memoir of Philipp von Boeselager, who is the last surviving member of the 1944 Bomb Plot to assassinate Hitler. It seem to me to be ghost written. The plot is just a relatively simple memoir illuminating a faction of the German Wehrmacht and one influential militaristic family. It becomes readily clear that Philipp's role was very much an external one, so he doesn't have much to say that is of general interest. I felt that the plot to kill Hitler is barely mentioned in the book. The me [...]

    • Horia Bura says:

      This is not another book about the plot to kill Hitler, known as Operation Valkyrie. It's much more than that; this book is the testimony of one of the millions of soldiers who took part in the greatest war humankind has ever known, a soldier who was wounded five times, including shot twice, a Wehrmacht officer who puts aside any cowardice or desire to play innocent by recognizing that even since 1942 he had heard of cold-blooded crimes against minorities such as gypsies and Hebrews. And that, m [...]

    • Michael Gerald says:

      During the Second World War, amid the conflagration, death, and destruction, there were a few German soldiers who had the guts to stand up to Hitler and tried their best to resist and put an end to his and his minions' abomination.Philipp von Boeselager and his brother, Georg, were two such men. Both were officers in the Wehrmacht (the German army). They were upright, competent officers and devout Catholics who were revolted by the Nazis' atrocities against so-called undesirables, including Cath [...]

    • Yibbie says:

      Despite only giving this three stars, I would recommend this book to everyone. Mostly because of the different perspective it gives. It is a chronicle of two brothers from the beginning of the Third Reich to the final defeat. Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager describes his, and his brother's, shift from loyal soldiers to active assassins. He doesn't sugar coat his struggles nor make himself the hero. Actually he understates his involvement in the whole plot.There are not a lot of details of the ac [...]

    • Suzanne Stroh says:

      A tale of moral courage that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Could not put it down.This is the gripping memoir of a young, dutiful German cavalry officer on the eastern front in World War II. Raised in privilege with a military heritage, educated in military academies and religious institutions, he is the model soldier. But war holds no glamor. First disillusioned, and then outraged, he feels torn between his duty to his freezing, starving men and their horsesd his duty to pu [...]

    • Jen Jenson says:

      Highly recommend. Wow, this had not been what I had expected at all, although I'm not 100% sure what I had expected. It was a good read. The story line flowed very well. Although the author was German, the english grammer was fantastic. I have read a handful of accounts of world war two and heard first hand stories from my paternal grandfather and my maternal grandmother of their experiences in the war. Normally you get accounts such as Anne Frank, or American Soldiers (such as my grandfather), [...]

    • Robert says:

      What a brilliant book.A fascinating personal story by the last surviving Valkyrie plotter, Philipp Von Boeselager. What motivated him, and a surprising number of other senior German officers, to try and kill Hitler - again and again from 1942 onwards? A surprising mix of an aristocratic dislike for the Nazis, deep religious feeling particularly Catholic, shock at the brutal and unlawful activities of the SS and SD behind the lines. Boeselager describes his own turning point, when he realised tha [...]

    • Katie says:

      UmmI think I would have liked this book more if it had a more accurate title; as it was, I came away feeling completely misled. About 95% of the narrative recounts the author's and his brother's experience in the war as German military men. There is hardly any in-depth detail about the actual plot(s) to kill Hitler and they're really only mentioned in passing. It was interesting, though, to hear about the separatist mentality between the military and the Nazis. I'd always assumed that the two gr [...]

    • Matt Mendenhall says:

      This book did not live up to my expectations. While Von Boeselager lived an interesting life, as evidenced by being the last survivor of those who plotted the assassination of Hitler, the book in which he tells his story falls flat. Instead of focusing in on the plot and failed attempts, the book largely focuses on his time, and the time of his older brother, during WWII. The failed attempts are treated as mere afterthoughts to the war action each brother saw.

    • Dawn says:

      I really liked this book because it really brings a personal feel to the German side of World War II. Philipp had a small but necessary part in the conspiracy just like each contributor did. He and Georg did wonderful as a team to help with the design. I would recommend this book to other people.

    • Benjamin says:

      I first gained awareness of “Operation Valkyrie” when the film starring Tom Cruise, Valkyrie (2008), was first released. It makes logical sense to me that not all Germans involved in the war were Nazis, and not all Germans agreed with Hitler’s tactics. It is then the logical conclusion that some of them would attempt to assassinate the leader who had brought their country into a sweeping, global conflict. While this assassination attempt failed, I was still curious about the inner-workings [...]

    • Christina Sesok says:

      The story of the July Plot is a fascinating story, and the opportunity to hear about the plot straight from the mouths of those involved is rare, as almost all of them were either executed or committed suicide. Philipp von Boeselager was only 25 years old when he found himself wrapped up in one of the greatest stories in history, but his role in the plot was incredibly limited. Most of the time, von Boeselager was on the front lines fighting against the Soviet Union. While that was an equally in [...]

    • Laura says:

      This is one I'd give 3.5 stars to if that were possible. I watched the Tom Cruise movie about the July 20th plot several years ago, so I was interested in reading this perspective. It's a biography of von Boeselager, how he became involved in the plot, and how he met others who wanted to bring down Hitler. Near as I can tell, his involvement was sort of tangential in that he was on the eastern front when the plot was attempted. I also couldn't help but wonder how much of the account was "edited" [...]

    • Vicki says:

      Fascinating history of a plot in the past.

    • Guarina says:

      Valkyrie tells the story about Operation Valkyrie in July 1944, written by Philipp Freiher von Boeselager, the last surviving member of the plot. More than discussing the operation itself, it's more of an autobiographical book that describes the situation of Germany during the time and how the author's ideas where shaped by the Nazi ideas that were not shared by many German soldiers. In the Western world many tend to believe that all German soldiers and commanders in the war knew all along of th [...]

    • Jerome says:

      Interesting, but relatively little specifically limited to Valkyrie is discussed. What makes the book so worthwhile for those interested in the period are several considerations. First, since the book is somewhat of an autobiography by von Boeselager we gain an invaluable perspective into how some old line German noble families felt about Hitler and the Nazi leadership, but also why despite these adverse feelings the Boeselager family nonetheless sacrificed two dead sons and nearly lost a third [...]

    • Adam says:

      Written by the last surviving member of the group of German officers responsible for the now famous Valkyrie conspiracy to kill Hitler, this book serves as the effective autobiography for Boselager. It chronicles his experience with the rise of Hitler, the onset of WWII, and finally his part in the German resistance movement. Overall, I enjoyed my experience of listening to this book. Boselager used a clear, detail oriented style of writing that served his story well. Such a style served me well [...]

    • Guillermo Galvan says:

      The plot to kill Hitler told by the last surviving member, how could anyone pass this one up? Part of me was expecting, hoping for the greatest historical account of modern time. What could be bigger than almost killing the evilest man who ever lived?In this regard, the book highly disappointed me. I didn't find someone eager to share their story; it was the complete opposite. Like many war veterans, Phillip Von Boeselager is eager to forget. He would have happy to slip unceremoniously through l [...]

    • Nicki says:

      This book is about the failed attempt of the assassination of Hitler, operation Valkyrie. Or so I thought when I brought this book at Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. It turned out to be mainly about the military duties of Philipp and Georg von Boesselager over their WWII careers. The book is very much a description of military life for the two brothers who served in the Cavalry Brigade on mainly the Eastern Front, trying to take Russia during the latter part of WWII. Both men were involved [...]

    • Abby Jones says:

      I really enjoyed this book from the perspective of the story I'm writing, because I have a character who is on the "wrong" side of the war and decides to stay because of his men. Philip Boeselager was in the cavalry in WW2 under the command of his brother part of the time and also part of the plot to assassinate Hitler. He didn't flee the country. He didn't abandon his men. But he also didn't stand by while horrible things where happening.Told by the last living member of Operation Valkyrie, thi [...]

    • Mona says:

      WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK: I liked the film and thought I could get more background information about this time in historyMMARY: A member of the German military resistance to Hitler's rule discusses the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer as well as his own experiences that lead him to be part of the resistanceVIEW: To start the reader had a droning and staccato delivery that felt both off putting and not very engaging. A lot of the book is his talking about various military campaigns which have some re [...]

    • Mallory says:

      This is a brief, factual accounting of an event in World War II, one that was ultimately unsuccessful but gives great enlightenment to how divisive Hitler's rule over Germany was. Operation Valkyrie was the last of a number of plots by German officers to assassinate Hitler and effect a coup. Reading Philipp von Boeselager's first-hand experiences is an eye-opening look into the mindset of these soldiers, how they felt about Hitler and how they perceived the war. They took great risks in attempti [...]

    • Kat says:

      I agree with one of the reviews on this book: yes, this was immensely interesting, but as there were a lot of military terminology and jargon, so I couldn't fully understand this book.Moreover, the author made the conspiracy sound as if it's now a well known fact. Maybe it is, but I know nothing of it.An example would be, there is a part where he explains about the escape or retreat, and then says that, "that even would then lead to what everyone knows," and then branch off to talk about somethi [...]

    • Norhan K kamal says:

      The title here was misleading, this was not a story about the plot to kill Hitler, this was an autobiography of a soldier & his brother during Second World War, who were both involved in operation Valkyrie. However, I'm glad to have read this, it gave me a completely different perspective for Germany's army during hitler's reign. All I've read before about the massacres against Jews & gypsies by Hitler never explained what the soldiers felt then & whether they supported him or went a [...]

    • Janette says:

      I HATED this book. I thought I was going to read about the plot to kill Hitler and got a report on the heroic deeds of the German army (particularly two brothers). The more I read the more I got pissed. I did not want to hear how great a strategist our enemy was!! Every victory for them was killing our fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands and those of our allies.He was a small player in the plot to kill Hitler if you can even call him a player, he supplied explosives. He was not informed of any [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      A gripping and interesting insight into the life of a German soldier during the Second World War, touching on the plots to kill Hitler, and how Boeselager's experiences growing up serving in the German Amy influenced him to take this course of action. It is not a blow-by-blow account of the assassination attempts like in history books, it is one man's journey, his love of his country and his hatred of those who served evil. Perhaps, then, the title is a tad misleading. It is a book that should b [...]

    • Rick Skwiot says:

      “I had not become an officer in order to shoot the head of state like a dog,” writes Philipp Freiher von Boeselager in “Valkyrie.” Nonetheless, the aristocratic and fearless cavalry officer, in league with his brother and others, plots to do exactly that. This memoir by the then last living plotter gives a nuanced look at the officers’ struggles under Hitler and a chilling glimpse of life and death on the eastern front. But what struck me most was the impossible balancing act he and ma [...]

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