Item description for Top Nazi SS General Karl Wolff: The Man Between Hitler and Himmler by Jochen Von Lang...
The only biography of SS General Karl Wolff, who for many years would function as Himmler's adjutant within the SS. One of Hitler's favorites, Wolff played an increasingly key role until he was appointed head of the German SS and police in 1943 in Italy, where he negotiated the secret surrender to Allen Dulles.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Enigma Books, New York, NY
ISBN 1929631227 ISBN13 9781929631223
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More About Jochen Von Lang
Jochen von Lang, born in 1925, a veteran journalist and historian, was the editor of Stern news magazine. His best known book is The Secretary, the only biography of Martin Bormann: The Man Who Manipulated Hitler. He is also known for an early report on Auschwitz death camp entitled "Assassin Like You and Me?"
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Insights into WWII-Related Nazi Politics Dec 26, 2007
There is much more to this book than the life of Karl Wolff and his successful evasion of blame for participation in the Holocaust. It gives much detail on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the Nazis.
Consider the origins of the forcibly-worn Jewish star: "Himmler explained to him [Wolff] why the mark of identification was necessary; it was because the world leader of the Jews, Chaim Weizmann, had called all the Jews on Earth to wage an active fight against National Socialism--that they had to mark them all as enemies of the regime." (p. 328).
Von Lang recounts Hitler's bitter antagonism towards the Catholic Church (p. 223). Himmler called Christianity the biggest plague that had befallen the Germans throughout their history (p. 41). Efforts were made to revive a form of pre-Christian Teutonic spirituality. Meanwhile, Nazi attempts to discredit the Catholic Church had a disturbing similarity to those of today in the USA. They focused on the uncovering and propagandizing of sex scandals within the Church (pp. 36-37). "Concubines (if the biblical naming of them is appropriate here) were the norm among top Nazi officers." (pp. 202-203). "Lutze...maintained that even Himmler had kept a homosexual in a leadership position for years--Gruppenfuhrer Kurt Wittje, sometimes head of the main SS office..." (p. 30)
The betrayal of Poland and other nations to the Soviet Union, culminating at Teheran and Yalta, is sometimes rationalized by the fear of a Soviet-Nazi separate peace if Stalin didn't get his way. Interestingly, details on such a would-be separate peace (pp. 361-371) indicate that all these proposals had occurred well before Teheran. So, if anything, a Soviet-Nazi armistice was largely a spent issue by the time of Teheran. And, of course, the Soviets all along had to fear a western-Nazi separate peace (p. 65, 282).
One of the proposed versions of the Soviet-Nazi separate peace included a protocol for the division of the world into spheres of influence (p. 369). It is sobering to realize that, what Stalin didn't get from the Nazis, he got (albeit in somewhat different form) from the likes of Churchill and Roosevelt, and at the captive-nations' expense.
The planned extermination of the Poles is sometimes denied owing to the lack of written documentation, as is the same regarding the plot to capture the Pope. This proves nothing. Von Lang comments: "That he never gave such an order in writing is not unusual; it was Hitler's practice to order crimes orally, just as he had avoided documenting the responsibility for the murder of the Jews." (p. 224)
The so-called Bavarian redoubt (or "Alpine redoubt") had actually been Hitler's bluff. There were, in the Alps, no prepared positions, no supplies stored, nor any industrial capacity for prolonged warfare. (pp. 343-344)
A "White Glove" Nazi Sep 5, 2006
This is the story of a man born to privilege who rose through the ranks of the German armed forces and the SS, became the personal adjutant to Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler, and yet claimed never to have known about any of the atrocities committed by that regime. You will decide how credible his claim was, and whether his near escape from prosecution at Nuremburg was justified.
That he was not an architect of Nazi policies, is true; his was the role of assistant, and his focus was always upon living well while enhancing his status. He was, like many with SS titles, a General in rank but never in practice. He facilitated the surrender of the SS army in Italy, thus arguably saving any number of lives that would have been lost in further battles.
On the whole, this study reveals yet another illustration of how those with wealth and privilege can further enhance their position and prestige, even in perilous circumstances. Herr Wolf is not exactly an admirable figure, but his story is instructive.