Red Orchestra

Red Orchestra

The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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The "Rote Kapelle," or Red Orchestra, was the Gestapo's name for an intrepid band of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats (almost half of them women) who battled treacherous odds to unveil the brutal secrets of their fascist employers and oppressors. For many members of the Red Orchestra, these audacious acts of courage resulted in their tragic and untimely end. This is a brilliant account of ordinary yet bold citizens who were willing to sacrifice everything to topple the Third Reich.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400060009
Branch Call Number: 943.1550 NELSON
Characteristics: xxvi, 388 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mazal Holocaust Collection

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Jul 31, 2017

It's amazing to me that we don't know more about this group. The Red Orchestra (named by the Nazis) was a coalition of friends and acquaintances in Germany who banned together to resist Hitler. Most of them lost their lives doing so. They were people from all walks of life: students, workers, artists, writers, and even highly placed members of the Nazi government. They collected intelligence that they tried to share with the Soviets, Americans and British to little avail. They were anti-fascists, communists, Social Democrats, Jews, etc. It was a broad coalition that came together to save Germany even though the Soviets and Americans took advantage of their story for Cold War purposes (painting them as a communist spy ring when they were not.) It's a varied cast of fascinating characters and it really should be made into a movie. Very well written too. Recommended.


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