The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941

The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941 ✽ [EPUB] ✵ The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941 By Joseph Goebbels ❧ – Joseph Goebbels kept a diary for much of his life From 1923 to 1941, he wrote the entries himself From 1941 to 1945, he dictated lengthy passages to aides He sometimes telephoned them in the middle of Joseph Goebbels kept a diary for much Diaries, 1939-1941 PDF ✓ of his life From to , he wrote the entries himself From to , he dictated lengthy passages to aides He sometimes telephoned them in the middle of the night when he wanted to add some textThe dictations usually opened with a description of the military situation, followed by his personal comments The dictated diary is not as The Goebbels MOBI :✓ personal as the earlier one he wrote himselfMuch of the diaries were thought to have been lost during World War II However in , they were discovered to be held in Soviet era archives as Goebbels himself had ordered his diaries to be duplicated while in the Fuhrerbunker, and buried in a nearby grove of trees, believing that one day history would laud him, and would want to Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941 eBook ↠ know about his lifeThere is dispute over which researcher first discovered the Soviet archives, with Elke Fr hlich and David Irving both laying claim to the title.

German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda Diaries, 1939-1941 PDF ✓ in Nazi Germany from to As one of Adolf Hitler s closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory and anti Semitism He played a hand in the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews, which historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the genocide of the HolocaustGoebbel.

The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941  PDF ò Diaries,
  • Paperback
  • 490 pages
  • The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941
  • Joseph Goebbels
  • English
  • 07 January 2019
  • 9780140069327

10 thoughts on “The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941

  1. Michael says:

    This was one of the first books I read in my self initiated studies of fascism and national socialism, a year or two after reading a biography of the Propaganda Minister I have since forgotten which, possibly Goebbels It was appropriate, since an interest in propaganda and Nazi filmmaking had been the initial interest Looking back, it was also appropriate in the sense that this was among the books published in the first crush of American interest in the liberated documents of the Third Reich after World War Two Publishers looking to sell paperbacks in those days just couldn t put enough swastikas on covers, it seemed, and I remember feeling a need to carefully conceal it as I rode public transit in San Francisco and Portland.Certain aspects of that initial reading also stand out to me I have never forgotten the line, certain developments, which, on the map, appear unfavorable to us, have occurred, as an example of spinning bad news I also recall that Goebbels complained frequently about the German people s unwillingness to implement total war policies even to the point of allowing women to work full time in large numbers It was through reading this book that I began to flesh out a sense of who the leading military, political, and cultural figures of the Third Reich were, not only as names or uniforms, but as individuals who had different motivations and ideas that brought them to positions of power and influence.The book is far from perfect and a historical source, however While Louis Lochner s translation has never been called into question, to my knowledge, a lot of his editorial decisions undermine its value Probably the largest oversight is the lack of attention given to the circumstances under which the diaries were written Going through the introduction again, I don t find any mention of the fact that they were written for publication indeed, publishing his diaries was Dr Goebbels major source of income and therefore might not reflect Goebbels deepest thoughts, but rather yet another cog in the propaganda machine True, the diaries for these years had not been edited for final publication, and they appear to include a good deal of the behind the scenes schemes and everyday activities than a final version would have, but everything Goebbels dictated would have been planned with the German public in mind The publisher s note does include some interesting provenancial details, including a rather thorough list of the other documents that had been found along with the diaries, and the fact that this published volume includes less than 1 10 of that material Other publications have since added to the completeness with which the diaries may be read by the English speaking public, but a great deal of Goebbels diaries remain accessible only through archives.The other major editorial quibble I would have with Lochner, were I reading the text today, are his many notes, inserted within the text, to explain the details of persons or events described by Goebbels These were probably necessary, and may even have seemed helpful to me at the time, with my lesser knowledge of World War Two and the Third Reich, but they are very biased from Lochner s point of view and often interrupt the text as footnotes would not have Lochner was an American journalist, who had met Goebbels, but he really only knew Germany in this period through press releases, as he had to leave Germany as an enemy national when the US declared war In 1948, it would have been difficult to find a better qualified native English speaker for a translator and editor, but a modern reader is advised to seek recent historical publications to obtain a fuller contextual view.

  2. Frank Kelly says:

    The diary of a sick, twisted, cowardly demon.

  3. Thorsten says:

    very interesting and largely debunks the view that the international media tends to pump into our heads Having read this, allowed me to form a personalized view of this , as it appears extremely intelligent man What can perhaps be questioned is the application he made of that gift but never the magnitude of it.

  4. David says:

    Mixed feelings about this portion of the Goebbels diaries On the positive side, when there s lots going on in the war, it s VERY interesting and colorful On the negative side, when there s not much going on, it s full of REALLY trivial prattle about his departmental personnel problems On the VERY NEGATIVE side, almost everything from the conquest in the West in the spring of 1940 is MISSING also the period in summer 1940 during the Battle of Britain And I m also not crazy about the editing and annotation lots of obscure stuff that s not explained Many mentions of the Seventh Chamber, but it s not in the index and if it ever was explained, I missed it Nothing on the internet, either So, worth reading all in all if you re patient, but not what it could be Got out of the 1942 43 diaries and liked the editorial comments in that volume So now, on to 1945 diaries.

  5. Brian O& says:

    Surprisingly almost stupifyingly dull Difficult to believe that someone so close to, and complicit with, the epicenter of world history s paramount evil could ramble on with all the dramatic effect of a grocery store clerk Enjoy Talk about damning with faint praise but I have the most grudging respect for the fact that Goebbels chose to go down with the sinking ship and commit suicide in tandem with Hitler rather than try to strike a shabby bargain with the allies unlike Goering and Himmler for example The converse argument to that of course is that, in choosing to also murder his six blameless children at the same time, he proved that perhaps unlike those others he was not just evil but also completely insane.It s difficult to see how such a personality could have recorded such trivial and dull memoirs Perhaps this book represents the definitive illustration of Arendt s phrase the banality of evil t

  6. George Root says:

    It was interesting to read his thoughts, but he was such a sick little monkey that reading this was sometimes difficult.

  7. Joseph says:

    Labored through the book, waiting to learn something and gain some insights Too many names of low level Nazis The redeemable part of reading this diary were the incidental flashes in Goebbel writing into Hitler s mind There s no question in my mind that this diary was written thinking that it would be read by outsiders He emphasized how important he was, how busy, how successful Was reading this diary worth the effort Probably not.

  8. Mansoor Azam says:

    I had great expectations when i picked this one up I thought this shall be my oppurtunity of seeing things from Nazi top chairs As they saw it during those times to say the least, i m bitterly dissapointed Firstly, the diary isn t complete Most of the important events are missing As the enteries have been lost of them I ve been amazed at the lack of information of Goebbel s about certain events though he was the information minister of the Reich with such conditions no doubt the empire was bound to fial At certain points one feels that the writer is accepting the reality but then bang comes another false dream and promise and on you go on the dream paths Didn t like it honestly Money spent on some decent memoir is well served this one goes down the drain

  9. Xon says:

    Boring My opinion is he was an ego maniac who wrote this diary with the thought that it would be published because of his stature He kisses ass and I m sure he is holding back about war plans and his master plan He doesn t mention his apparent affairs or anything terribly personal His diary is just another tool of his propaganda but this time the subject is himself This is not a look inside his mind or revealing of any deep dark secrets.

  10. Matimate says:

    I got it long time ago as a gift and I finished it just recently It was fascinating to read from historical point of viewbut hard to swallow considering who wrote them and the presented ideas were scary.

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