Everyone seemed to get along in large part due to the women who ran the Witness House, first Countess Kalnoky and then Annemarie von Kleist, both of which were from the aristocracy. Very interesting book but a bit fragmented as it starts out almost as a biography of the Countess and then talks of the people at the villa, talks about the trial, moving a bit to the next matron, and then ends with a brief focus back on the Countess and where she went after the war and where she ended up. He acted as confessor to Nazi War Criminals during the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, assisted Hungarian Revolutionaries on the streets of Budapest, and assisted the waves of refugees arriving in Austria feeling the effects of ethnic and political persecution during the Cold War. I didn't find it particularly well written, and it felt a bit dry. The Witness House reveals the social structures that allowed a cruel and unjust regime to flourish and serves as a symbol of the blurred boundaries between accuser and accused that would come to form the basis of postwar Germany. Presiding over the affair was the beautiful Countess Ingeborg Kálnoky a woman so blond and enticing that she was described as a Jean Harlowe look-alike who took great pride in her ability to keep the household civil and the communal dinners pleasant.
Sometimes hundreds of pages would go by and someone would be mentioned again after their brief introduction. Germany and collective guilt always seem to be a touchy topic. It is not concerned with character and motivation. The trials are always in the background; she could not do both. She explores and explains the social structures that allowed the Nazi regime to flourish and serves as a symbol of the blurred boundaries between accuser and accused that would come to form the basis of postwar Germany.
Due to the story being told several decades after the events at The Witness House occurred, there was a vague sense of incompleteness to the book. Perhaps the author assumed people who were already well-versed in the who is who of the Nuremberg Trials would be reading this. The trial atmosphere extends to the small group in the villa. The E-mail message field is required. Kohl weaves anecdotes of what happened at the villa with facts about each person's biography and testimony at Nuremberg.
How any meal passed in this house without people coming to blows is something of a mystery, especially when wounds both physical and emotional were still so fresh. In all, The Witness House provides an interesting insight into the Nazi regime through the lens of mid-level officials that, by and large, are removed from the high-profile Nazis discussed in the history books. Not that that is a bad thing mind you. The ghosts of the past are still present in Germany. After all she had gone through, the little villa in the wood was like a haven of safety that might at last offer her shelter.
Finding a civil way to do so is perhaps the key to healing. This particular piece of postwar history was largely unknown to me before. With interest I read about the facts as they are presented here, but I would have preferred a much more detailed discussion. Including an extensive bibliography and filmography, Filming the End of the Holocaust is an important text for scholars and students of the Holocaust and its aftermath. It is a good book about an uncomfortable time and the results are not always what one would e Started this book in January and picked up yesterday June and finished reading. The people in the witness house, former nazi's, Nazi sympathizers, Holocaust survivors and everyday people who lived during the time was a fascinating story of Having read Countess Kalnocky's book of the similar story and was mesmerized by her story and the story of the witnessed, I decided to read this book too.
It is a fascinating read. And that some of us can survive terrors beyond what we could ever imagine. Good book, Started this book in January and picked up yesterday June and finished reading. Including an extensive bibliography and filmography, Filming the End of the Holocaust is an important text for scholars and students of the Holocaust and its aftermath. It started simply, a conversation with her father and a family friend, who at one point ran the house. Among the many characters she introduces are Heinrich Hoffmann, Adolf Hitler's personal photographer and confidant; Eugene Kogon, a prisoner at Buchenwald who saw the atrocities of death camps first hand; and Gisa Punzengruber, whose husband carried out cruel medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners she testified for the prosecution.
Flynn was one of the hundreds of Americans who put Europe back together after a period of horrendous self-destruction. A part of the reason for this may lie in the time span between the events and their recording: Christiane Kohl interviewed the Countess Kálnoky forty years after she had first set foot into said witness house, others were interviewed even later. The Witness House reveals the social structures that allowed a cruel and unjust regime to flourish and serves as a symbol of the blurred boundaries between accuser and accused that would come to form the basis of postwar Germany. Some of them are a reminder that monsters walk among us. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. Among the people living in the Witness House was Willy E.
The Witness House is a very interesting read, even with its somewhat misleading subtitle. The book has been very well researched and truly makes one feel as if you were in Nuremberg at the time the story takes place. Maybe the publisher was not willing to finance a larger work. The subtitle of the book says it all: during the Nuremberg trials, the U. Surprisingly, not much seems to have happened; people who hated each other stayed out of each other's way- a fact that made this book a bit less exciting than I expected. These films, some produced by the Soviets, were integral to the war crime trials that followed the Holocaust and the Second World War, and this book provides a thorough, close analysis of the footage in these films and their historical significance.
The book certainly contains more, but is an assemblage of rather superficial little anecdotes. In this so-called Witness House, perpetrators and victims confronted each other in a microcosm that reflected the events of the high court. In fact, The Witness House is a compelling story that chronicles th I wish that I could rate this somewhere between a 3 and a 4. I was left wanting to know more about most of the key figures mentioned. In this so-called Witness House, perpetrators and victims confronted each other in a microcosm that reflected the events of the high court. The cast of characters, setting, and plot twists in the slim book are so extraordinary that, were they not entirely true, they simply could not be believed.