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I odjurets trädgård : en amerikansk familj i Hitlers Berlin

av Erik Larson

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I juli 1933 reser William E. Dodd till Berlin och blir den första amerikanska ambassadören i Hitlers nyvunna Nazityskland. Till en början förförs hela familjen av de storslagna festerna och den militära prakten. Dottern Martha inleder en affär med Gestapochefen Rudolf Diels. Men snart går Hitlers metoder inte längre att ignorera: judar blir förföljda och trakasseras, och de som protesterar tystas. Redan 1934 har Hitler utsett sig själv till Tysklands diktator. Dodd rapporterar förgäves till det amerikanska utrikesdepartementet, men än är det ingen som förstår hotet om det krig som väntar.I odjurets trädgård skildrar de viktiga förkrigsåren 1933 och 1934, och Erik Larson fördjupar frågan om varför omvärlden inte reagerade förrän halva Europa låg i spillror.… (mer)
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    I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941 av Victor Klemperer (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The published version of Klemperer’s secret wartime diary are a vivid and personal account of day-to-day life in Nazi Germany. Writing with sophistication and insight, he records the stories of ordinary Germans and their hopes and fears during the dark days of the war. This provides interesting points of comparison with Dodd's experiences.… (mer)
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    spacecommuter: Erik Larsen's In the Garden of Beasts draws on The Haunted Wood and the notebooks of Alexader Vassiliev as sources. The Haunted Wood mentions Martha Dodd, her romance with Boris Winogradov and her father extensively, and includes additional evidence of Martha's espionage that Larsen mostly omitted from his book.… (mer)
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3.5 rating. This starts off extremely slow but does pick up. Focus and temperament seemed to shift from romance regarding Martha’s affairs to political intrigue regarding her father, so I couldn’t make up my mind as to what type of book I was reading. And there are so many characters introduced on the periphery that seem they would have compelling stories to develop but this is never done. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Read the vast majority on a plane in one unbroken streak. Larson can really put the ants in your pants -- the descriptions of Berlin in its tensest moments, the hesitant and all-but-certain development of characters, the foreshadowing he occasionally dumps in explicit Stephen Kingesian manner all conspire to make this one chilling page-turner.

My favorite morsels most likely included:

-Martha's love affairs. Diels and Boris especially exhibited such larger-than-life personalities with such strong, responsive emotions, and Larson humanized the Gestapo chief and Soviet officer to such an extent that I deeply wished for things to work out for them at the end.

-The setting -- the kind of physical sense of congesting anxiety that pervaded Berlin in 1933-1937, in the heat as well as in the cold, and in the Tiergarten park as well as in the countryside, is something I haven't really seen until this book, which made the rising support for Hitler clear.

-The Night of the Long Knives -- one of the craziest, most savage traumas of history that changed the course of the 20th century, and which I was not really aware of until this book, which told it rivetingly. ( )
  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Once, at the dawn of a very dark time, an American father and his daughter found themselves suddenly transported from their snug home in Chicago to the heart of Hitler's Berlin. They remained there for four and a half years, but it is their first year that is the subject of the story to follow , for it coincided with Hitler's ascent from chancellor to absolute tyrant, when everything hung in the balance and nothing was certain. That first year formed a kind of prologue in which all the themes of the greater epic of war and murder soon to come were laid down.
  taurus27 | Sep 20, 2021 |
One more book about the Third Reich? In this case, I'm glad I took a chance on the book. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
"In the Garden of Beasts" describes life in pre-WWII Germany, as told through the story of the U.S. German Ambassador and his family in Berlin. It's always been hard for me to understand how a great Nation like Germany could have been led to behave and condone the policies of Hitler and the Nazi's, and this book tells some of the story of how the people were swayed. It's also hard to understand how the rest of the world seemed to stand by and not take stronger steps to stop the hatred and mistreatment of its citizens during that time, and this book provides a few insights into this area as well.
But the story isn't told as a history of the time. Rather, it's told through the personal story of the Ambassador, and his family, through their interactions with the citizens and political leaders of Germany. So while touching on some of the developing laws and policies enacted during that transitional time, they're brought out primarily by personalizing the affects of those changes through the eyes of the ambassador, his family, and especially his daughter. Ambassador Dodd's daughter Martha was one of the more interesting individuals featured, having several relationships with several of the powerful in German society of the day.
Richard Evan's "The Coming of the Third Reich" may be a better book for pure history, but "In the Garden of Beasts" tells a similar story from a more personalized and individual perspective. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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William E. Dodd was an academic historian, living a quiet life in Chicago, when Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him United States ambassador to Germany. It was 1933, Hitler had recently been appointed chancellor, the world was about to change.

Had Dodd gone to Berlin by himself, his reports of events, his diary entries, his quarrels with the State Department, his conversations with Roosevelt would be source material for specialists. But the general reader is in luck on two counts: First, Dodd took his family to Berlin, including his young, beautiful and sexually adventurous daughter, Martha; second, the book that recounts this story, “In the Garden of Beasts,” is by Erik Larson, the author of “The Devil in the White City.” Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds’ intimate witness to Hitler’s ascendancy and created an edifying narrative of this historical byway that has all the pleasures of a political thriller: innocents abroad, the gathering storm. . . .
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In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself in a dark wood where the straight way was lost. - Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Canto I (Carlyle-Wickstead Translation, 1932)
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To the girls, and the
next twenty-five

(and in memory of Molly, a good dog)
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En gång, i en mycket mörk tids begynnelse, fann sig en amerikansk far och hans dotter plötsligt förda från sitt ombonade hem i Chicago till hjärtat av Hitlers Berlin. - Once, at the dawn of a very dark time, an American father and daughter found themselves suddenly transported from their snug home in Chicago to the heart of Hitler's Berlin.
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"Hardly anyone thought that the threats against the Jews were meant seriously," wrote Carl Zuckmayer, a Jewish writer.
Even the language used by Hitler and party officials was weirdly inverted. The term "fanatical" became a positive trait. Suddenly it connoted what philologist Victor Klemperer, a Jewish resident of Berlin, described as a "happy mix of courage and fervent devotion."
"There has been nothing in social history more implacable, more heartless and more devastating than the present policy in Germany against the Jews..."
An odd kind of fanciful thinking seemed to have bedazzled Germany, to the highest levels of government. Earlier in the year, for example, Goring had claimed with utter sobriety that three hundred German Americans had been murdered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia at the start of the past world war. Messersmith, in a dispatch, observed that even smart, well-traveled Germans will "sit and calmly tell you the most extraordinary fairy tales."
After experiencing life in Nazi Germany, Thomas Wolfe wrote, "Here was an entire nation ... infested with the contagion of an ever-present fear. It was a kind of creeping paralysis which twisted and blighted all human relations."
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I juli 1933 reser William E. Dodd till Berlin och blir den första amerikanska ambassadören i Hitlers nyvunna Nazityskland. Till en början förförs hela familjen av de storslagna festerna och den militära prakten. Dottern Martha inleder en affär med Gestapochefen Rudolf Diels. Men snart går Hitlers metoder inte längre att ignorera: judar blir förföljda och trakasseras, och de som protesterar tystas. Redan 1934 har Hitler utsett sig själv till Tysklands diktator. Dodd rapporterar förgäves till det amerikanska utrikesdepartementet, men än är det ingen som förstår hotet om det krig som väntar.I odjurets trädgård skildrar de viktiga förkrigsåren 1933 och 1934, och Erik Larson fördjupar frågan om varför omvärlden inte reagerade förrän halva Europa låg i spillror.

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