Into that Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder

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Pimlico, 1995 - Concentration camps - 379 pages
Only four men commanded Nazi extermination (as opposed to concentration) camps. Franz Stangl was one of the. Gitta Sereny's investigation of this man's mind, and of the influences which shaped him, has become a classic. Stangl commanded Treblinka and was found guilty of co-responsibility for the slaughter there of at least 900, 000 people. Sereny, after weeks of talk with him and months of further research, shows us this man as he saw himself, and 'as he was seen by many others, including his wife. She takes us sharply and deeply into hierarchy of the death camps; the experiences of the very few survivors, both inmates and guards. ' (Observer)

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I prefer Longerich In this book on Stangl, as in her book on Speer, Sereny is not just the author but a prominent character herself. We read about her many travels to interview various people, and how ... Read full review

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I thought this would be a great read about Franz Stangl, the Commandant of Treblinka. However, most of the most is not about Stangl, but short snippets of "remembrances" were from various people. I ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Gitta Sereny is of Hungarian-Austrian extraction and is trilingual in English, French and German. During the Second World War she became a social worker, caring for war-damaged children in France. She gave hundreds of lectures in schools and colleges in America and, when the war ended, she wored as a Child Welfare Officer in UNRRA displaced persons' camps in Germany. In 1949 she married the American Voguephotographer Don Honeyman and settled in London, where they brought up a son and a daughter and where she began her career as a journalist.

Her journalistic work is of great variety but has focussed particularly on the Third Reich and troubled children. She has written mainly for the Daily Telegraph Magazine, the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independentand the Independent on Sunday Review. She has also contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.

Her other books are The Medallion, a novel; The Invisible Children, on child prostitution; Into That darkness, on Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp, and a biographical examination of Albert Speer.

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