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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The content is certainly compelling, but the structure of the book had me slogging through it at times. Until her very last interview with Stangl, he admitted to his guilt on only one occasion. At the same time, she shows him as a loving husband and father, gitya forth the scary thought that while the Nazis committed monstrous deeds, many of them were not, themselves, monsters.

If the book were simply a review of rationalizations for past horrific actions, it would be part of a story that’s often been told. From the outside, it looked like a hospital.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny

Could he have simply worked less efficiently as many of his co-workers pointed out how good he was hhat organizing the camps? 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 adjunct “Odessa” escape network.

His wife, when she found out he had joined the Nazi party, didn’t talk to him for weeks. Into That Darkness is based intl 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.

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It explores darknesss lies we tell others and more importantly the lies we tell ourselves. Before the Anschluss Stangl was a policeman in Austria. It is interesting that Stangl was a respectable, polite, good husband and father, and at the same time the commendant of Treblinka. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. While the section on the Vatican is long, it’s also intriguing. But what is so scary about Stangl’s story is that he was clearly no monster.


As Commandant of Treblinka, Stangl was imprisoned for life. Fascinated by the prisoner, she decided to make an effort to get to know him better, to delineate him more deeply. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

She has conversations with Stangl: She wanted his childhood, his memories, his stories about his life, how his life unfolded.

He was not the commandant of Treblinka because he was simply following orders. Many times they don’t. I came to the conclusion that it’s the psychology of what leads a country towards genocide and the mentality that enables individuals to carry out such terrible crimes against humanity.

And if he wasn’t going to be honest with her about it, she would stop right there. And up until the very end he seems to feel like he should bear no responsibility for the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Toward the end of that book his narrator talks about “some knowledge of yourself — that comes too late — a crop of unextinguishable regrets. And that is a huge accomplishment, because it isn’t easy to understand what motivated a man like Stangl, what kept him loyal to and even proud of his “work,” and how he and his family Gitta Sereny is perhaps the most thorough, meticulous interviewer I’ve ever read.

This was a very interesting look at Franz Stangl,Interviewed when serving life sentence for war crimes. The book is about the sequence of moral compromises Stangl made that resulted in his being at Treblinka.

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I read Goldensohn’s Nuremberg interviews and felt sicker I sat in the bathtub for a good twenty minutes after I finished this just thinking. How he managed to escape trial until Is another adrkness. Explore the Home Gift Guide.


She later described seeing a Jewish doctor she knew well being forced to clean pavements with a toothbrush; the terror became more personal after her mother, Margit, with whom Gitta had a poor relationship, became engaged to Ludwig von Mises, the Jewish economist.

Jul 12, John Woltjer rated it really aereny it. And the marvelous thing is that she gets him to admit that he is guilty. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Through a combination of intimidation, opportunity for advancement and assurances that his only job was to darkbess law and order, Stangl agreed to go to Schloss Hartheim, one of the Euthanasia Institutes, where people with mental and physical infirmities were put to death.

What would I have done if I was put in a position where I was playing a part in the mass murder of millions? Then there is an odd fact that Stangl never wanted to explore, even in 70 hours of interviews with Sereny. It becomes clear that Stanzl tried very hard to compartmentalize his role at Treblinka, stating frequently that he had nothing to do with the killings, that his job was the construction of the camps, and that he tried repeatedly to get reassigned but was unsuccessful.

The same serfny true when gittq discovered what he was actually doing at Treblinka. In any other period in time ihto clear to me that Franz Stangl would have been a very average individual and quite unremarkable. The only people who might survive them were young men or boys who were pulled out of the line for working in the camp.

After more than a minute he started again, a half-hearted attempt, in a dull voice.