The Silences of Hammerstein
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The Silences of Hammerstein


The Silences of Hammerstein, the latest work from one of Germany’s most significant contemporary authors, engages readers with a blend of a documentary, collage, narration, and fictional interviews. The gripping plot revolves around the experiences of real-life German General Kurt von Hammerstein and his wife and children. A member of an old military family, a brilliant staff officer, and the last commander of the German army before Hitler seized power, Hammerstein, who died in 1943 before Hitler’s defeat, was nevertheless an idiosyncratic character. Too old to be a resister, he retained an independence of mind that was shared by his children: three of his daughters joined the Communist Party, and two of his sons risked their lives in the July 1944 Plot against Hitler and were subsequently on the run till the end of the war. Hammerstein never criticized his children for their activities, and he maintained contacts with the Communists himself and foresaw the disastrous end of Hitler’s dictatorship.

In The Silences of Hammerstein, Hans Magnus Enzensberger offers a brilliant and unorthodox account of the military milieu whose acquiescence to Nazism consolidated Hitler’s power and of the heroic few who refused to share in the spoils.

Title:The Silences of Hammerstein
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:402 pages

    The Silences of Hammerstein Reviews

  • Bill
    Jan 05, 2011

    i had quite a hard time deciding how to classify this book, because while kurt von hammerstein and his family were definitely real people and large parts of the book are factual, and even backed up by...

  • Pierre Menard
    Dec 17, 2014

    Saggio storico molto insolito, sia per l’eterogeneità stilistica, sia per la scelta dei personaggi principali: il barone generale Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord (1878-1943) e il suo entourage familiar...

  • Mathieu
    Jun 20, 2011

    A book that is part-novel part-biography, Hammerstein revolves around the mysterious, silent figure of general Kurt von Hammerstein, highest officer in the Reichswehr before Hitler's ascendancy to the...

  • Yves Gounin
    Aug 06, 2012

    Le baron Kurt von Hammerstein est une figure oubliée de l'histoire allemande.Ce militaire supérieurement intelligent a pourtant dirigé la Reichswehr jusqu'à sa mise à la retraité d'office débu...

  • Paolo Gianoglio
    Dec 23, 2013

    Non un romanzo, non un libro storico, ma un libro che racconta una storia reale e drammatica del passato tedesco ed europeo. Hammerstein, capo di Stato Maggiore dell’esercito tedesco al momento dell...

  • The Reading Bibliophile
    Jan 14, 2013

    Ayant bientôt terminé ce livre (mélange de biographie, livre d'histoire et de fiction), je puis révéler qu'il s'agisse d'un livre important sur l'histoire de l'Allemagne nazie mettant en perspect...

  • Cynthia Haggard
    Feb 18, 2013

    One problem for any kind of writer is what to do about that character, or that person, who is not very talkative. Fiction writers have more tools in their toolbox for dealing with this issue. After al...

  • David Osuna
    Dec 19, 2016

    Biografia de Kurt von Hammerstein, cap de l'estat major de l'exèrcit alemany fins a l'arribada de Hitler al poder. Bona fotografia de l'època, centrada en la família que va tenir elements a la resi...

  • Maria Beltrami
    Nov 27, 2012

    (prima lettura 2 maggio 2009)A fare da contraltare al famosissimo "I volonterosi carnefici di Hitler", c'è questo particolarissimo libro di Enzesberger, un saggio scritto in forma quasi romanzesca, c...

  • Pippo067
    Feb 20, 2012

    Roman illustrant une famille allemande depuis la République de Weimar et à l'après-guerre. Le destin de cette famille est étroitement mêlée à celle de la nation. Histoire d'une résistance mora...