Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka (the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps), this book bares the soul.

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I don’t want to keep writing obituaries, but I have to say something here. He goes to great lengths to indicate that he personally had no animus towards Jews or any other victims of his camps, and this seems borne out in statements from others who observed him.

If it weren’t for the church’s cold-hearted passivity, perhaps Hitler would have ended the concentration-camps. I sat in the bathtub for a good twenty minutes after I finished this just thinking.

Suicide was initially suspected, but there was no evidence to support this and the postmortem pointed to heart-failure.

I’ve read countless books about the Holocaust and recently I started to question what my fascination is with the subject. Set up a giveaway. And the priest who stood next to her nodded fervently. Into That Darkness – an account darknses the life of Fritz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka, who escaped after the war and was arrested in Brazil inand became the only commandant of a death camp ever to have been interviewed by a journalist. Feb 21, Dimitri rated it really liked it Shelves: A remarkable and chilling deep dive into the life and relationships of a seemingly ordinary man who nevertheless lived a life both monstrous serreny banal.

She wanted his childhood, his memories, his stories swreny his life, how his life unfolded. He died the following day. For any student of human rights, the Holocaust, or genocide, this is difficult, but essential reading. She took the reader on a journey not just into the dark soul of the Nazi guard, but also into a darkness that is our own. He found a wonderful wife tyat he adored, left politics alone, until he couldn’t. The content is certainly compelling, but the structure of the book had me slogging through it at times.


Like Louis Theroux or Jon Ronson, we can only approach evil as if it were a kind of intellectual comedy. Stangl acknowledged that he was not a ‘regular’ church goer but always intl on Easter and Christmas. Both resisted the easy characterisation of evil as something done by people with horns and funny accents: The bodies were cremated, and the ashes given to their relations. Who was I then, to doubt what was being done?

Mar 01, M. This book is an invaluable source of information. Which is giitta her work is among the bravest and most significant darknness of the century.

I read Goldensohn’s Nuremberg interviews and felt sicker I sat in the bathtub for a good twenty minutes after I finished this just thinking. The strain of describing the horrors he contributed to proved too much for him. Or probably it did, but the reality of his guilt was too horrible to bare. See all 86 reviews.

After Mary was released Gitta was able darkjess again do some very extensive interviews with her – sreeny was 40 by then. Evil is not done by other people. He gripped the table with both hands as if he was holding on to it. Other accounts of Eichmann don’t bear this character portrait as accurate.

Look at all the adult trees planted around it!

This book has shown me something: And that is a huge accomplishment, because it isn’t easy to understand what motivated a man like Stangl, what kept him loyal to and even proud of his “work,” and how he and his family lived with the knowledge of what he was part of.

At the same conference she made a point of saying she never used the word “Holocaust” because it was the product of an American lobby group and one that subtly trivialized the Nazis’ genocidal and political murders; I think that was well judged. His Battle with Truth.

Eller till ett monster. Stangl had escaped Germany at the end of WWII and was living in Brazil in when he was arrested outside his home, extradited to West Germany, and sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the deaths ofpeople. Again based on hours of interviews.


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Stangl never attended the murders and never gitya visited the gas-chambers even as he oversaw the construction and day-to-day running of the camp. I found it chilling when he described his normal working day at Treblinka, the paperwork that he completed in his office while a few metres away Men, women and children from all over Europe were being gassed in the gas chambers.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Trivia About Into That Darknes Franz Stangl var en dem. It is interesting that Stangl was a respectable, polite, good husband and father, and at the same time the commendant of Treblinka. He was educated, but not overly. In the time since finishing it, Varkness have found myself referencing this book constantly, and recommend it highly. Into That Darkness is an essential read for those interested in girta Holocaust, but I think all the rest of Gitta Sereney’s books are pretty essential too.

Together with a handful of former inmates this How do you examine the conscience of an ordinary man who doesn’t thqt want to be examined? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Transports to Treblinka were beginning to wind down by that time anyway, because the Nazis were running out of people to kill.

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She was born in Vienna, the daughter of a beautiful Austrian actress, whom she later described as “without moral opin Gitta Sereny was a journalist, biographer and historian. While incarcerated, Stangl was interviewed by noted biographer Gitta Sereny. Gitta attributed her fascination with evil to her own experiences of Nazism as a child of central Europe in the early 20th century.

His wife, when she found out he had joined the Nazi party, didn’t talk to him for weeks.