Official Secrets: What The Nazis Planned, What The British And Americans Knew by Richard BreitmanOfficial Secrets: What The Nazis Planned, What The British And Americans Knew by Richard Breitman

Official Secrets: What The Nazis Planned, What The British And Americans Knew

byRichard Breitman

Paperback | November 3, 1999

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An important new work based on newly declassified archives.

As defeat loomed over the Third Reich in 1945, its officials tried to destroy the physical and documentary evidence about the Nazis' monstrous crimes, about their murder of millions. Great Britain already had some of the evidence, however, for its intelligence services had for years been intercepting, decoding, and analyzing German police radio messages and SS ones, too. Yet these important papers were sealed away as "Most Secret," "Never to Be Removed from This Office"-and they have only now reappeared.Integrating this new evidence with other sources, Richard Breitman reconsiders how Germany's leaders brought about the Holocaust-and when-and reassesses Britain's and America's suppression of information about the Nazi killings. His absorbing account of the tensions between the two powers and the consequences of keeping this information secret for so long shows us the danger of continued government secrecy, which serves none of us well, and the failure to punish many known war criminals.

Richard Breitman, professor of history at American University, is the author of Architect of Genocide, a biography of Himmler. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Title:Official Secrets: What The Nazis Planned, What The British And Americans KnewFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0809001845

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from never mind the numbers, what about the humanity Ah academics. When they have a plethora of research and a desire to put it out there in book form, what makes them think they can actually write? What upsets me about this book is Richard Breitman throws facts and figures around to justify his thesis.. He reduces his stats to numbers and forgets that each one represents a living human being who was murdered.. I became numb to his stats and found myself tuning out as I read and I don’t ever want to feel numbed out about any respect of the Holocaust. Tragic. These were people not a business spread sheet. Another problem is he jumps around in time with no time lined sequence. I found myself going back pages to find out dates he was referring to. The info for his thesis is indeed in this book. Trying to figure it out and find it for yourself however is an insurmountable task. Breitman seems to offer no skill for organizing his facts. He is probably a very knowledgeable professor but boring. He is probably the professor the university brags about having on staff but the students all avoid at course selection. What irritates me the most about this book is he offers no reason why the Holocaust happened. He just spills out: “well, Hitler came to power in 1933”, “he brought anti-Semitic policies in on such a such a date here is the evidence”, etc. My own view on why the Holocaust happened is that the unthinkable is unanswerable.
Date published: 2004-04-27

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As hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in concentration camps or fled for their lives across Europe, the Nazis worked hard to ensure that no external forces would learn of their genocidal tactics. Unfortunately for them, American and British government agencies had been secretly infiltrating the regime for years, snatching up classified information and stashing it away in government archives. But if England and the United States knew about Nazi atrocities long before the scope of the Holocaust became public knowledge, why didn't they do anything sooner to stop it? Richard Breitman begs the question and attempts to find the answers to it in Official Secrets.

Editorial Reviews

"A new tour de force from Breitman . . . sure to revise greatly our knowledge of the planning and implementation of the Final Solution." -Konrad Kwiet