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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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: A very complex man and very good book,consideri This was a very interesting look at Franz Stangl,Interviewed when serving life sentence for war crimes. Each time, even at Treblinka, he could say truthfully that he never dakrness an order to kill anyone. Inevitably she adds interviews with survivors of Sobibor. Stangl’s wife, Therese, recounts a conversation with her husband she had after he received his appointment at the Sobibor extermination camp: Jul 12, John Woltjer rated it really liked it.

The content is certainly compelling, srreny the structure of the book had me slogging through it at times. It is the biography of Franz Stangl, an intelligent family man and gifted administrator fitta became the Commandant of Treblinka.

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 titta “Odessa” escape network. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience

Retrieved 28 September So I try to cull the number of books that I read on the subject. Oct 26, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: And no one walked out of them alive when they closed – it had to be by escape. Stengl was not the commandant of Treblinka because he was evil.

Large potions of the text belong to the survivors of Treblinka, and this is a counterbalance to Stangl; the horror of life there is thoroughly represented, but how he lied to himself and managed to function as Kommandant is clear too; then a third weight – historical record – is set against them both. Topics Books Cif belief. But surely the book constitutes yet more evidence that humans are not to be trusted with any more than the minimally necessary authority over other humans in any circumstances.


Don, who died last year, was to prove a good humoured and profoundly supportive companion who accompanied Gitta through the long and painstaking research that became a hallmark of her work.

In what readers will probably find the most controversial aspect of the book Sereny makes quite clear that she believes Pope Pius XXII knew about what was going on seren Poland and did next to nothing to help. Write a customer review. Or probably it did, but the reality of his guilt was too horrible to bare. He found a wonderful wife whom he adored, left politics alone, until he couldn’t.

Few people in the 20th century have done as much as her to explore the nature of moral evil. View all 7 comments. I felt so sick when reading this book that I sometimes had to put it away for a while. At the same time, she exposes the complicity of the Catholic Church and the various countries who aided in re-homing the Nazis after the war.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny

This is one of the most significant books I have ever read. He hasn’t been brainwashed by Nazi bile, he’s irritable rather than evil; he’s essentially a man of modest ambition who respects or is cowed by authority. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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. After the Anschluss, he managed to get his name on a list of those who had been secret Nazis all along, so that he could continue in his career. Modellino del campo di concentramento di Sobibor.

These few sentences had taken almost half an hour to pronounce. Read more Read less. Then there is an odd fact that Stangl never wanted to explore, even in 70 hours of interviews with Sereny. Treblinka alone could’ve dealt with the 6. zereny

I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Gitta attributed her fascination with evil to her own experiences of Nazism as a child of central Europe in the early 20th century. Into That Darkness is based on over 70 hours of interviews between the author and Franz Stangl – Commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor death camps that combined to kill over 1, people, primarily Jews from Poland and Eastern Europe. The sociologist Gillian Rose once challenged those who represent the Holocaust to do so in a way that doesn’t just lead to an identification with the victims, but in a way that also leads to the deeply uncomfortable identification with the perpetrators.


Sereny switches between her interviews with Stangl to conversations with survivors of Treblinka and Sobibor of which there are only a few dozenSS officials who worked with Stangl, members of the Polish resistance, and Stangl’s family. There is nothing to suggest that Stangl was a sadistic monster; there were a number of such types at Treblinka, as testified to by the very few slave prisoners who survived the camp, but there is no evidence to implicate Stangl in personal acts of cruelty; he was it seems a loyal husband and loving father.

She has conversations with Stangl: Jun 29, David Willem rated it it was amazing. The fact that people treated other people this way is difficult to understand.

They would surely appear in a slightly less terrible light if they could claim that they had been scientifically conditioned — brainwashed — to death-camp work, rather than assigned to it because their natures seemed particularly suited to such activity.

There’s an especially moving moment when the author asks her if she believes her husband would have quit his job had she had made a moral stand. She wanted HIM to admit his guilt, not just hear him mouth the words.

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That wasn’t what she wanted. Mappa dei lager nazisti in Polonia. From to he enjoyed what his wife called the best years of his life.

Interestingly, Stangl himself apparently believed that the industrial-scale murders, including the more than one million he supervised, were not the result of madness or racial hatred.