The Diary of Friedrich Kellner - A German against the Third Reich
Der Laubacher Justizinspektor Friedrich Kellner wollte der Nachwelt ein Zeugnis ablegen von der gedankenlosen Unterwurfigkeit seiner Zeitgenossen und den hohlen nationalsozialistischen Propagandaphrasen. Von 1939 bis 1945 schrieb er beinahe taglic...
'What is it like to be an isolated democrat in a highly popular dicatorship? This wartime diary will tell you. Just how this keenly observed book came to be published is an extraordinary story for itself. And Friedrich Kellner's day-to-day encounters with enthusiastic, gullible Hitler supporters in his hometown reveal a morally steadfast, but basically lonely German citizen whose perspective is bracing, incisive, and still pertinent to our times.' Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois
'An important piece of historical literature ... this book has vital things to say not just about the history of the war but what it was to be a decent human being and yet be forced to live through terrible times.' Laurence Rees, Daily Telegraph
'A remarkable testament ... Reading it is a reminder that not all Germans under the Third Reich were Nazis; some at least managed to retain a sense of decency and human values.' Richard J. Evans, Guardian
'Deftly compiled and expertly edited by Robert Scott Kellner, My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner - A German against the Third Reich is a truly unique and impressively informative account of Nazi Germany at war and of one man's struggle against totalitarianism. An absolutely essential and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library World War II History collections and supplemental studies reading lists ...' Micah Andrew, Midwest Book Review
'[Kellner] berates Germans for their blind gullibility, incorporating newspaper propaganda and detailing daily life, his diary like someone to confide in: its existence, an act of stirring, quiet defiance.' Steven Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald
'Reveals to devastating effect just how very much the average German citizen did know - even near the beginning of the Second World War - about Hitler's genocidal madness.' Jane Warren, Daily Express
'Kellner's diary is a necessary cornerstone addition to the vast WWII library.' David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News
'Should My Opposition be on everyone's reading list, even if uncomfortable? Yes!' Jerry Klinger, The San Diego Jewish News
'What is extraordinary is how well-informed Kellner is about geography in general and the detail of the progress of the war, in both Europe and Asia, in particular.' Jill Stephenson, European History Quarterly
Robert Scott Kellner discovered his grandfather's diary in 1960 and has worked tirelessly to bring it to the attention of the world through exhibits at the Dwight Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush Presidential Libraries, a documentary film screened at the United Nations, and the publication of a complete edition of the diary in German and abridgments in Russian and Polish.
Foreword Alan E. Steinweis; Preface; Biographical narrative; About the translation; Pre-war writings; The diary: 1939; 1940; 1941; 1942; 1943; 1944; 1945.