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Hitler's Secret Service

by Walter Schellenberg

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This unique account of Hitler's corrupt regime illuminates more vividly than any other the deepening atmosphere of terror and unreality in which the Nazi leadership lived as the war progressed. Schellenberg recounts with firsthand knowledge the motivations and machinations surrounding the Nazi Army's every move in Poland, Austria, and Russia. But this remarkable inside account is perhaps most memorable for its riveting portraits of Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Heinrich Mueller, Ernst Kaltenbrunner--men whom Schellenberg calls, with stunning lack of irony, ”Hitler's willing executioners.”… (more)

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Memoirs by one of the senior members of the SS, one who was in charge of foreign intelligence matters. Take this book with a fifty-pound bag of salt, as in large measure it's a mixture of tall tales and self-serving justifications. Entertainingly written, to be sure, and certainly confirmed insofar as other accounts are full of the backbiting and waste that comprised Nazi leadership. But caution should be used when digesting anything the author says. ( )
  EricCostello | Feb 1, 2020 |
Top spy for the German Secret Service during WWII
  Mapguy314 | Aug 15, 2019 |
Walter Schellenberg, the Counterintelligence Chief for Adolf Hitler during World War II, wrote his memoirs titled "The Labyrinth" recounting the counterintelligence (CI) operations of Germany during the height of the war. [He received one of the lightest sentences of any WWII war criminal, six years in prison. The mitigating factor in this light sentence was his attempts to help concentration camp prisoners in the latter part of the war.]

In his memoirs, Mr. Schellenberg recounts some of the most interesting aspects of the German CI paradigm and the constant battles he waged with his superiors. While many of his tasks were odd by any standard, he also was in charge of one of the most advanced CI and counterespionage (CE) agencies of the time. In fact, in many ways, Schellenberg managed to blend many disparate intelligence disciplines and entities into a workable format. He recounts in his memoirs many of the failures of the Third Reich to recognize the importance of CI and CE and to integrate CI and CE into the operational planning process. One can deductively link the failures of the internal policies in regards to CI to the inability of Germany to effect real stability operations in the Eastern Theater, and consequently win the war. ( )
  jose.pires | Jan 1, 2008 |
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This unique account of Hitler's corrupt regime illuminates more vividly than any other the deepening atmosphere of terror and unreality in which the Nazi leadership lived as the war progressed. Schellenberg recounts with firsthand knowledge the motivations and machinations surrounding the Nazi Army's every move in Poland, Austria, and Russia. But this remarkable inside account is perhaps most memorable for its riveting portraits of Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Heinrich Mueller, Ernst Kaltenbrunner--men whom Schellenberg calls, with stunning lack of irony, ”Hitler's willing executioners.”

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