Matriarch of Conspiracy: Ruth Von Kleist, 1867-1945

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9780829809312: Matriarch of Conspiracy: Ruth Von Kleist, 1867-1945

The saga of a German family from the aristocracy, whose members were involved in the conspiracy to kill Hitler. World War II and the anti-Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer play major roles in this tale. This book won the MInnesota Book Award as Best Biography and the Midwest Independent Publishers Award as Best Book Overall.

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This rather unusual book is the story of a Prussian matriarch, an ultra-conservative landowner in a feudal, royalist society. Originally sympathetic to Hitler and markedly anti-Semitic, her circle came to abhor Nazism. Several family members were active in the abortive plot to kill Hitler. Von Kleist was an ardent supporter of resistance leader Dietrich Bonhoffer, who became engaged to her granddaughter. Pejsa's device of narrating in the present tense works surprisingly well in giving her story freshness, piquancy, and immediacy. Though not a conventional history, her work is based on extensive research and many personal interviews and is a vivid re-creation of Prussian life before and during the Third Reich. A worthwhile acquisition for both academic and larger general collections.
- Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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