VASHKAU N.E. Book Review: Havkin, B. L. German National Socialism and the Anti-Hitler Resistance [Text] / B. L. Havkin. – M. : Izd-vo KMK, 2017. – 377 p., 23 Applied Sheets

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.1.21 

Nina E. Vashkau

Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor,

Department of Russian and World History,  Lipetsk State Pedagogical University,

Lenina St., 42, 398040 Lipetsk, Russian Federation

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Abstract. This is a review of the monograph by B.L. Havkin, one of the leading scholars of the German anti- Hitler resistance during World War II. In his research the author presents a detailed analysis of the National Socialists, their origins and rise to power. He uses multiple sources that have recently become available in Russia and Germany. The Communist as well as the Conservative resistance is portrayed through the examples of the Ernst Thälmann and his Red Orchestra group, the priests and the soldiers, whose struggle against the Nazi-regime is highlighted with the help of the historical documents. Furthermore, the author describes how a pro-Soviet government was later created, as well as the National Committee for a Free Germany and the League of German officers, what role Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach and Friedrich Paulus played in these organizations. The research for this monograph is largely based on the formerly classified data from the archives of the Russian President, the Russian Federal Security Service, as well as the German Federal Archives. This newly released data helps the author illustrate the Conservative opposition to the Nazis and the 1944 assassination plot against Hitler organized by the German military personnel. B.L. Havkin also confirms Major Joachim Kuhn’s participation in the assassination plot and describes his further contribution to the resistance movement. Additionally the monograph contains copies of rare photographs, leaflets, private letters, investigation protocols and other documents.

Key words: fascism, nazism, anti-Hitler resistance, World War II, Communist Party of Germany.

Citation. Vashkau N.E. Book Review: Havkin, B. L. German National Socialism and the Anti-Hitler Resistance [Text] / B. L. Havkin. – M. : Izd-vo KMK, 2017. – 377 p., 23 Applied Sheets. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4, Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies.International Relations], 2018, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 206- 209. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.1.21.

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