Werner Otto Müller-Hill; Introduction by Benjamin Carter Hett
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Werner Otto Müller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany hurtled into destruction—what he thought about the fate of the Jewish people, the danger from the Bolshevik East once an Allied victory was imminent, his longing for his home and family and, throughout it, a relentless disdain and hatred for the man who dragged his beloved Germany into this cataclysm, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Müller-Hill calls himself a German nationalist, the true Prussian idealist who was there before Hitler and would be there after. Published in Germany and France, Müller-Hill's diary has been hailed as a unique document, praised for its singular candor and uncommon insight into what the German army was like on the inside. It is an extraordinary testament to a part of Germany's people that historians are only now starting to acknowledge and fills a gap in our knowledge of WWII.
"Otto Werner Muller-Hill, “the true German,” was the rare individual who tried to tell and to remember the truth about the violence the Nazis meted out and the lies they told, even as the Allies approached the borders of his beloved Germany. A very valuable document about a mind not held captive."--Peter A. Fritzsche, author of Life and Death in the Third Reich
"Perfectly clear-headed. An important document " —Le Figaro
"This document confirms that German officials knew about the final solution." —Le Nouvel Observateur
"As his wartime diary shows, the military judge Werner Otto Müller-Hill was one of the few people who thought for themselves in Germany. His sober, prescient assessements of the situation back then make this historical document an informative read." --Stuttgarter Zeitung