Hitler's Hangman

  • by Robert Gerwarth
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the 20th century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany. He shouldered a major share of responsibility for some of the worst Nazi atrocities, and up to his assassination in Prague in 1942, he was widely seen as one of the most dangerous men in Nazi Germany.
Yet Heydrich has received remarkably modest attention in the extensive literature of the Third Reich. Robert Gerwarth weaves together little-known stories of Heydrich's private life with his deeds as head of the Nazi Reich Security Main Office. Fully exploring Heydrich's progression from a privileged middle-class youth to a rapacious mass murderer, Gerwarth sheds new light on the complexity of Heydrich's adult character, his motivations, the incremental steps that led to unimaginable atrocities, and the consequences of his murderous efforts toward recreating the entire ethnic makeup of Europe.

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What the Critics Say

"This admirable biography makes plausible what actually happened and makes human what we might prefer to dismiss as monstrous." (The Wall Street Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Trying subject matter

A difficult listen, very dark, but mesmerizing and full of detail.

However, the narration is superb.
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- john

overall good

interesting book but spoiled for me by what was either poor editing or very odd intersections of another voice - sometimes words were said by 2 narrators in the same sentence. not sure if I would try to listen again.
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- C. Hamilton-welsh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-08-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio