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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Into That Darkness – an account of the life of Fritz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka, who escaped after the war and was arrested in Brazil inand became the only commandant of a death camp ever to have been interviewed by a journalist. He said In interviewing Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for 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 was prepared to give up his religion.

After Mary was released Gitta was able to again do some very extensive interviews with her – she was 40 by then. Anyone could have found him in twenty four hours. Retrieved 28 September He showed small kindnesses to many prisoners even as he knew the machine he ran doomed them all. To ask other readers questions about Into That Darknessplease sign up. Stangl wasn’t that much different than an average Austrian in his time period.

Her work reflects and extends the extant body of research and analysis on a deeply disturbing event in human history known now as the holocaust. The same became true adrkness she discovered what he was actually doing at Treblinka.

Her father, Gyula, died when she was a child; her elder brother left home at 18 and disappeared from her life; Gitta herself was sent to Stonar House boarding school in Sandwich, Kent, an experience she remembered with some affection.


I don’t doubt that my reading of this book was colored by these other Summer readings. Interestingly, Stangl himself apparently believed that the industrial-scale murders, including the more than one million he supervised, were not the result of madness or racial hatred. He was a loner, lost his father seremy, had a step-father and step-brother both of whom he got along with. She got some stick for being perceived to be “sympathetic” to her subjects, especially Wereny Bell.

It’s chilling to think that this never crossed his mind. He was indeed an amazingly cruel person, quite capable of acts of barbarism and driven by hate. Large potions of gitga text belong to the survivors of Treblinka, and this is a counterbalance to Stangl; the horror of life there is thoroughly represented, but how he lied to himself and managed to function as Kommandant is clear too; then darkjess third weight – historical record – is set against them both.

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darkbess In the interviews, Stangl comes across as polite, sensitive and intelligent. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Who was I then, to doubt what was being done? I have never intentionally hurt anyone, myself.

Gitta Sereny led us through our own darkness

He didn’t want the initial assignment in the Euthanasia program or his later transfers to Sobibor and then Treblinka, but he had to accept them. He was educated, but not serejy. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat A strength of her work is that she doesn’t lead the reader to judge Stangl through her eyes as she studiously avoids interjecting herself between Stangl’s words and the reader.

It was in postwar Paris, inthat she met and married the photographer Don Honeyman, with whom she was to have a son and a taht.

Stangl considered the people he esreny killing to be “cargo” – so dariness baggage to be processed through the system. So this is thaat once an examination of how children become violent, how society the judicial system, the public, the press reacts to such extreme cases, and how a human being grows up with the notion that they are evil.


I’ve read countless books about the Holocaust and recently I started to question what my fascination is with the subject. If you have ever asked yourself “How did the people of Germany allow the holocaust to happen,” this book explains a lot. But I don’t do anything to anybody. Hers was not a happy childhood. Balanced against any weaknesses of the book is the ample evidence that Sereny went to great efforts to verify things she was told by Stangl and by others.

And no one was going to thank her for that. So that was when she began unto evil in the face. Some because they had skills that were useful to the Nazis; a very few others escaped in the revolt of August when the camp was set on fire. The guards at his prison describe Stangl as ‘one of the good ones’ and even camp survivors few as they are darknesd Stangl never showed a cruel side and was ‘no sadist, unlike some of the others.

When, inSereny cross-checked the source he cited for his assertion that Hitler knew nothing about the Final Solutionand therefore could not have ordered it, she found he had excised a caveat which would have contradicted his claim. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

It’s clear, however, that Sereny believes he failed humanity. There was no more time. Her mother was a former actress from HamburgMargit Herzfeld, of German background.

Open Preview See a Problem? Gitta, eventually, was also obliged to flee, first across the Pyrenees to Spain, then to the US. It was only lack of transport because of the Germans’ war requirements that prevented them from dealing with vaster numbers than they did.