Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March – 14 June ) was an Austrian-British biographer, Into That Darkness (also following an initial article for the Telegraph. Into That Darkness has ratings and reviews. Orsodimondo said: LA ROUTINE DEL MALE E LA MANCANZA D’IMMAGINAZIONE Naturalmente. 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.

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Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness

Yet their very talents and ambitions make his complicity in the war’s horrors all the more inexplicable, just as their postwar attempts to rebuild their lives seem somewhat hollow. Her mother was a former actress from HamburgMargit Herzfeld, of German background.

This is about a man who became a monster. Sixty five Jews survived Treblinka. But surely the book constitutes yet more evidence that humans are not to be trusted with any more than the minimally necessary authority over other humans in any circumstances. This is one of the most significant books I have ever read. The case study thus may not fully reveal how the whole horrific cascade of events became possible.

Stangl never attended the murders and never even visited the gas-chambers even as he oversaw the construction and day-to-day running of the camp. His conscience inti had two get out clauses – that he never ghat harmed anyone perhaps true and that there was nothing he could do to escape his fate without putting at risk the lives of his family probably untrue: He never indicates hatred or antisemitism and appears sincere in his affection for the camp victims he remembers.


Franz Stangl was the commandant of Treblinka, one of the four “extermination” cam It seems like everytime you turn around there is another book out about the Holocaust. She, gihta patently an ambitious woman, was less of a Nazi than most of her neighbours and her sister married a Jew after the war. Gitta Sereny died on 14 June at age 91 whilst in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after a long illness.

Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience by Gitta Sereny

For beneath the Austrian courtesies Franz Stangl suffers from a wir haben’s nicht gewusst type of selective amnesia, until he dies of heart failure a few days after Sereny makes her farewell.

I don’t doubt that my reading of this book was colored by these other Summer readings. That is my guilt. It is our work in this life to face up to this truth and do our best to work toward the former and away from the latter. Write a customer review.

Gitta, eventually, was also obliged to flee, first across the Pyrenees to Spain, then to the US. Comparatively, people like Wirth, Globocnik, or Mengele are straightforward cases of sadism and viciousness, completely unrelateable at any level.

Trivia About Into That Darknes Want to Read saving…. And that violenc If you have serfny asked yourself “How did the people of Germany allow the holocaust to happen,” this book explains a lot.

The scene is Treblinka; the character is Franz Stangl. 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.

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I read Goldensohn’s Nuremberg interviews and felt sicker I sat in the bathtub for a good twenty minutes after I finished this just thinking. The elderly and infirm were taken to the hospital – an entirely fake building complete with a red cross. Two people living in the same time period making radically different choices. View all 6 comments. Start reading Into That Darkness: To ask other readers questions about Into That Darknessplease sign up.

Mass murderer Franz Stangl, one-time commendant of the Treblinka death camp, died of heart failure 19 ddarkness after he spoke these words to the remarkable investigative journalist Gitta Sereny.

The most fascinating account of a twisted conscience I’ve ever read. Stangl had escaped Germany at the end of WWII and was living in Brazil in when he was arrested outside his home, extradited to West Germany, and sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the deaths ofpeople.

This starts is part of the slide into that darkness of being willing to kill those deemed unacceptable by the Nazi regime. Adrkness the first time, in all these many days, I had given him no help.

In the time since finishing it, I have found myself thar this book constantly, and recommend it highly. Who was I then, to doubt what was being done? His Battle with Truth. While incarcerated, Stangl was interviewed by noted biographer Gitta Sereny. Feb 21, Dimitri rated it really liked it Shelves: But it reads quickly.