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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Trivia About Into That Darknes Mass murderer Franz Stangl, one-time commendant of the Treblinka death camp, died of heart failure 19 hours after he spoke these words to the remarkable investigative journalist Gitta Sereny. He kept a tally of every train tyat the number of people in every boxcar from the day of the arrival of the first Jews until August 18,when the final transports pulled into the station.
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However, Sereny concludes that Speer must have known based on a letter he wrote to the Jewish community in South Africa after the warand the fact that his closest assistant attended the Wannsee Conference where the details of the genocide of the Jews were worked out who could not have failed to inform him about the proceedings.
In interviewing Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the co-responsibility in the murder ofpeople while Kommandent of the Treblinka death camp, Gitta Sereny asked him about his signing a paper certifying that he was prepared to give up his religion.
He was also ambitious. May 22, Gail rated it it was amazing. Gitta Sereny does a masterful job of cross-examining darkneas her subject, Franz Stangl, and his friends and family members about their support for and participation gita mass murder and torture, and the psychological mechanism of deep denial. Few people in the 20th century have done as much as her to explore the nature of moral evil.
His whole identity was so bound up in this function that it was only at the very end of his life that he was able to glimpse something of his own guilt. I don’t doubt that my reading of this book was colored by these other Summer readings.
I have read a significant number of books on the Holocaust. He gripped the table with both hands as if he was holding on to it. In this book, Gitta Sereny gets into the heart and soul of Franz Stengl, who was the commandant at Treblinka and, after eluding arrest in South American for 20 years was brought to justice by Simon Wiesenthal.
I learned that many of the perpetrators like Stengl, the subject of this book, were average citizens who did not appear to be born with “devil horns.
Sometimes the accounts agree perfectly. He repeatedly insists that his role in the Death Camps was simply darkenss his control and he could really not do anything to change his fate in the matter. A definite must read for WWII buffs. It remains a mystery why he was chosen for the hitta. Gitta Sereny is perhaps the most thorough, daekness interviewer I’ve ever read.
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The court convicted Stangl of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison. Lingua Tertii Imperii Bloomsbury Revelations. So this is at once an examination of how children become violent, how society the judicial system, the public, the press reacts to such extreme cases, and how a human being grows up with the notion that they are evil.
Or, more correctly, she does not allow him to dissemble. Evil is not done by other people. He was more concerned with the neatness of his uniform and with getting things done efficiently and decently. My work is purely administrative It’s not “the banality of evil,” it’s not “evil incarnate,” it’s the life of a man who knew he was guilty but managed to persuade himself he was not.
Somehow, she gains his trust and in doing so, gets him to truly examine his role in the Holocaust. Stangl’s job was to make sure the paperwork was in order and to sign the death certificates. There was no more time.
Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness
Fritz Stangl presided over this whole operation from the construction of the camp buildings and charnel houses to the final dismantling the gas chambers and dispersal of the troops to other sites. He put a bench out front, hung fake train schedules and even painted a fake clock on the front of the tower.
These favourable impressions of the Nazis survived both a reading of Seereny Kampf and the Anschluss, when Hitler annexed a quiescent Austria.
This is both a wonderful and terrible mediation on humanity, the slippage that leads from normality to atrocity, the hard truths and willing self-delusions of those participants. Stangl considered the people he was killing to be “cargo” – so much baggage to be processed through the system.
The book is over pages with small type and I dreaded getting into it at first. He paused and waited, but the room remained silent. Psychologically, they were inured to the idea of murdering innocent people as being their job.
Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny
An Examination of Conscience. He was ambitious, but not overwhelmingly.
He was the commandant of Treblinka darknesw it was easier to follow his orders and not ask too many questions than it would have been to challenge his superiors, to fight for a transfer, or even to take his family and flee the country. Inho up a giveaway. It was, indeed, the path of least resistance. We had better read stories like this one, to be reminded of what might happen if we’re not very critical, well-read and insightful.
Stangl’s wife, Therese, recounts a conversation with her husband she had after he received his appointment at the Sobibor extermination camp: A more on-point swreny is probably that she was prone to making psychological assessments that may have been accurate in some cases and inaccurate in others.
Peccato nel finale lasci aperta la porta a una ventata di retorica sentimentale: Into the Darkness is based on extensive interviews with Franz Stangl as well as numerous other former Nazi officials as well as survivors, civilians, and religious researchers and figures.
On the inside, the “patients” were being either gassed or dying by lethal injection. How could he not sfreny thought about it?
Add to that the fact that Stangl worked for the T4 program and that he made it to Brazil thanks to some help of a certain Roman cardinal and the whole book evolves into a razor-sharp mythbuster of the entire Holocaust and the adjunct “Odessa” escape network. She really did her homework. The prose is very readable.