By Keith Lowry
Why them? Why there? What triggered a kingdom of 'Dichter und Denker' to be remodeled into considered one of 'Richter und Henker'. Höttlland makes an attempt to respond to these questions through reading the existence and occasions of Wilhelm Georg Höttl, a former high- score member of the Austrian SS and SD. the path begins in Vienna in 1915, relocating up via a tradition of envy, prior humans and occasions that prompted a tender man to make a fateful bounce aboard the Nazi bandwagon on the age of nineteen. Tracing his speedy develop in the ‘seething ranks’ of the SS, which observed him grow to be a heeded consultant within the SD intelligence service at 24, Höttlland records Höttl's involvement in numerous wartime intrigues that incorporated every little thing from a counterfeiting operation, the abduction of Mussolini, the rescue of Hitler's art treasure, and the career of Hungary, to call quite a few. With priorities moving in past due 1944, the e-book follows Höttl as he dons the mantel of peacemaker to consult with American officers a couple of separate peace and the sabotaging of the a lot feared 'Alpenfestung'. Arrested at war's finish, Höttl diligently polishes his prior to salvage a destiny, evading post-war justice by way of providing interrogators at Nuremberg with unique details at the internal workings of the Nazi intelligence equipment, parts of which later helped incriminate such former colleagues as Ernst Kaltenbrunner and Adolf Eichmann. half I concludes as Höttl resurfaces in Austria in overdue 1947, able to resume plying his wares with a number of enterprises clamouring for intelligence less than the collection clouds of the chilly War.
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