The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich

By Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney
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15.15 Hours 03/29/2016 unabridged
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This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg—Hitler’s chief architect of Nazi ideology—is an unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler’s post-invasion plans for Russia. A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil’s Diary is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler’s chief social philosopher, Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles behind the Third Reich’s genocidal crusade. It also chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for the diary, which disappeared after the Nuremberg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters of a century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who founded the Bureau’s Art Crimes Team, played an important role in its recovery and tells his story now for the first time. The authors expertly and deftly contextualize more than four hundred pages of entries stretching from 1936 through 1944, in which the loyal Hitler advisor recounts internal meetings with the Fürher and his close associates Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler; describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet Union; considers the “solution” to the “Jewish question;” and discusses his overseeing of the mass seizure and cataloging of books and artwork from homes, libraries, and museums across occupied Europe. An eyewitness to events, this narrative of Rosenberg’s diary offers provocative and intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the notorious Nazi who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich.

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This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg—Hitler’s chief architect of Nazi ideology—is an unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler’s post-invasion plans for Russia.

A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil’s Diary is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler’s chief social philosopher, Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles behind the Third Reich’s genocidal crusade. It also chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for the diary, which disappeared after the Nuremberg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters of a century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who founded the Bureau’s Art Crimes Team, played an important role in its recovery and tells his story now for the first time.

The authors expertly and deftly contextualize more than four hundred pages of entries stretching from 1936 through 1944, in which the loyal Hitler advisor recounts internal meetings with the Fürher and his close associates Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler; describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet Union; considers the “solution” to the “Jewish question;” and discusses his overseeing of the mass seizure and cataloging of books and artwork from homes, libraries, and museums across occupied Europe. An eyewitness to events, this narrative of Rosenberg’s diary offers provocative and intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the notorious Nazi who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich.

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Author Bio: Robert K. Wittman

Robert K. Wittman served as the FBI’s top investigator in cases involving art theft for twenty years. He helped recover more than $300 million worth of stolen art, resulting in the prosecution and conviction of numerous individuals. Now an art security consultant for the private sector, Wittman published his memoir Priceless in 2010 in which he recounts his career as an undercover agent.

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Author Bio: David Kinney

David Kinney is the author of The Dylanologists and The Big One. A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, his writing has appeared in newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English