Only four men commanded Nazi extermination (as opposed to concentration) camps. Franz Stangl was one of the. Gitta Sereny’s investigation of this man’s mind. 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. Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph.

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Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian

Two hours, and every single human being who had arrived on the morning transports was dead. This is both a wonderful and terrible mediation on humanity, the gktta that leads from normality to atrocity, the hard truths and willing self-delusions of those participants.

In “From Here to Eternity,” James Jones pictured a flawed organization that in occasionally featured the same brutal instincts as the ones allowed full play in Nazi Germany.

The bodies were cremated, and the ashes given to their relations. It sits uncomfortably with the total eradication of the camp’s physical remains after the uprising, complete with a Ukrainian farmer housed in the Gas chambers “I’ve lived in this brick farm for many years! When she was thirteen, her train journey to a boarding school in the United Kingdom was delayed in Nuremberg where she attended one of the annual Nuremberg rallies.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny

I said, ‘I know what sereng are doing in Sobibor? Into That Darkness is an essential read for those interested in the Holocaust, but I think all the rest of Gitta Sereney’s books are pretty essential too.


Gitta Sereny died this week at the age of 91, she was another hero of mine. Gitta Sereny does a masterful job of cross-examining both her subject, Franz Stangl, and his friends and family members about their support for and participation in mass murder and sarkness, and the psychological mechanism of deep denial.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In interviewing Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment gitat the co-responsibility in the murder ofpeople while Kommandent of the Treblinka death camp, Gitta Sereny asked him about his signing a paper certifying that he tha prepared to give up his religion. After the Nazi takeover of Austria inshe moved to Francewhere she worked with orphans during the German occupation until she had to flee the country because of her connection to the French Resistance.

He saw himself a minor functionary, just obeying orders and doing his best. Sereny was born in Vienna sdreny, Austria in The same became true when she discovered what he was actually doing at Treblinka.

Jan 23, Joe rated it it was amazing. He decided his best career would be the police.

This was the first book I have read that explored what those who actually ran the Concentration Camps themselves thought during World War II. Stangl lived with what he’d done for decades.

This requires an understanding of how evil is allowed to persist. Gitta Sereny’s book is a thoughtful, scrupulously researched look into the heart of darkness, providing a psychological portrait of Franz Stangl, a man responsible for managing the business of running various of Hitler’s death “camps,” as the Nazis perversely called their death factories, where the business of killing on a massive scale was carried out routinely with deliberate, carefully designed intent.

When Stangl was finally caught and brought to trial, he accepted no guilt, stubbornly insisting that he was just a man who had done his duty. Paperbackpages.


Into That Darkness

My work is purely administrative After a morning of hearing the same excuses that came out of all Nazi commanders’ mouths, Sereny faced Stangl in the afternoon ggitta an ultimatum. Jul 12, John Woltjer rated it really liked it.

Stangl, on the other hand, seems like a much more broken psyche perpetually at war with what he did; this makes him all the more frightening, because he’s far closer in mentality to people who were “just carrying out orders. Not that this is necessarily bad, but after a while you run into the fatigue syndrome.

Want to Read saving…. Serreny is always a difficult, asymmetrical relationship, particularly in this case, as Stangl’s secrets are so morally and spiritually destructive of his sense of self. These favourable impressions of the Nazis survived both a reading of Mein Kampf and the Anschluss, when Hitler annexed a quiescent Austria.

The guards at his prison describe Stangl as ‘one of the good ones’ and even camp survivors few as they are claim Stangl never showed a cruel side and was ‘no sadist, unlike some of the others. It’s as if he was at Treblinka to provide an aesthetic, like the painted clock on the film set station. Into That Darkness also following an initial article for the Telegraph magazine was an examination of the guilt of Franz Stanglthe commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor extermination camps.