What it means to be a hero in an era of pervasive evil. For many
years it has been known that an anti-Nazi German industrialist had
aided Western intelligence, and specifically was the man who
provided information about the transformation of Auschwitz into an
extermination camp (the first hint that Nazism would go to any
extreme in carrying out its anti-Semitic program). But the identity
of this man had eluded historians for decades; only in 1983 was
Eduard Schulte's name finally revealed. This book, by two respected
historians, is a biography of Schulte and a brief to include him as
a "righteous Gentile," along with people such as Raoul Wallenberg
and Oskar Schindler, as one willing to face great personal danger
to save Jews. In the afterword, there is a fascinating story within
the story about the search for Schulte's identity. This historical
detective story would have been, in an extended form, an
interesting prologue. Instead, we are shown Schulte's place in the
familiar social and political setting that was prewar and Nazi
Germany. Schulte is presented as a consummate businessman,
seemingly apolitical, given to hunting and leading an
industrialist's life. Finally, though, he was moved by an intense
sense that the Nazis would bring about Germany's ruin. Using his
community of contacts, a group that is explored in fascinating and
new ways, Schulte revealed the mundane facts of industrial
production and the terrible secrets of genocide. Forced to flee to
Switzerland to evade the Gestapo, Schulte lived out his life
quietly, unappreciated in postwar Germany and the West. A
significant addition to the still too-small library of books on
German anti-Nazism. (Kirkus Reviews)
Through unparalleled historical detective work, noted scholars
Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman reveal the inspiring tale of
Eduard Schulte, the Breslau business leader who risked his life to
gather information about such Nazi activities as the revised date
of the German attack on Poland and the Nazi plan for mass
extermination of European Jews. First published in 1986, Breaking
the Silence is reissued with both a new foreword and afterword by
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