Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder (Paperback)
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Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 03/08/1995
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A groundbreaking study of the psychology of evil and the motivations of seemingly ordinary people in perpetrating atrocities, Sereny's rigorous profile of Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp, is a classic work of non-fiction.

The biography of Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp - a classic and utterly compelling study of evil.

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, and of the influences which shaped him, has become a classic. Stangl commanded Treblinka and was found guilty of co-responsibility for the slaughter there of at least 900, 000 people. Sereny, after weeks of talk with him and months of further research, shows us this man as he saw himself, and 'as he was seen by many others, including his wife.

To horrify is not Sereny's aim, though horror is inevitable. She is seeking an answer to the question which beggars reason: How were human beings turned into instruments of such overwhelming evil?

Gitta Sereny is of Hungarian-Austrian extraction and is trilingual in English, French and German. During the Second World War she became a social worker, caring for war-damaged children in France. She gave hundreds of lectures in schools and colleges in America and, when the war ended, she worked as a Child Welfare Officer in UNRRA displaced persons' camps in Germany. In 1949 she married the American Vogue photographer Don Honeyman and settled in London, where they brought up a son and a daughter and where she began her career as a journalist.

Her journalistic work was of great variety but focussed particularly on the Third Reich and troubled children. She wrote mainly for the Daily Telegraph Magazine, the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday Review. She also contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780712674478
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An epic examination of a Nazi war criminal - Guardian

The most gripping and illuminating account of Nazi genocide that I have read, shedding light, as she intended, on "a whole dimension of reactions and behaviour we have never yet understood" - Stephen Vizinczey, Sunday Telegraph

She takes us sharply and deeply into the hierarchy of the death camps; the methods used; the experiences of the very few survivors, both inmates and guards - Philip Toynbee, Observer

It is no exaggeration to call it a masterpiece - Michael Hilton, Daily Telegraph

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