The Order of the Day

The Order of the Day

eBook - 2018
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"February 20, 1933: on an unremarkable day during a harsh Berlin winter, a meeting of twenty-four German captains of industry and senior Nazi dignitaries is being held in secret in the plush lounges of the Reichstag. They are there to "stump up" funding for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its fearsome Chancellor. This inaugural scene sets the tone of consent which will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, 1938: the annexation of Austria is on the agenda and a grotesque day ensues that is intended to make history: the newsreels capture for eternity a motorized army, a terrible, inexorable power. But behind Goebbels's splendid propaganda, it is an ersatz Blitzkrieg which unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en mass on the roads of Austria. The true behind-the-scenes story of the Anschluss--a patchwork of minor shows of strength and fine words, a string of fevered telephone calls and vulgar threats--reveals a starkly different picture: it is no longer strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff. With this vivid, compelling history, Éric Vuillard warns against the perils of willfully blind acquiescence, and offers a crucial reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781590519707
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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inthestacks Jul 10, 2019

An omniscient narrator describes the political machinations between Hitler, his henchmen, and the Austrian government at the time of the Anschluss, March 12, 1938. There isn’t much characterization is this brief novel, but the intriguing behind-the-scenes history, the tyranny of the Nazis, and the author’s scathing indictment of the players make for an illuminating read.

Feb 01, 2019

Excellent review of this book in the NYR of Books December 6/18 issue written by Robert O. Paxton.
“The book...presents in minute detail two seemingly separate events in the early history of Nazi Germany. The first is a private meeting of twenty-four German industrialists and bankers with Hitler on February 20, 1933, just 3 weeks after the Nazi leader had become chancellor of Germany.”
“The second event, more complex and recounted at much greater length, is Hitler’s occupation of Austria in early 1938.”

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