Il diario perduto del nazismo

Newton Compton Editori

Dal vincitore del premio Pulitzer Il libro evento dell’anno I segreti di Adolf Hitler nei diari inediti di Alfred Rosenberg e del Terzo Reich Nell’aprile del 2013, Robert Wittman, ex agente dell’FBI con grande esperienza nel recupero di reperti storici, ha ritrovato il diario di Alfred Rosenberg, il filosofo tedesco conosciuto come il padre dell’ideologia nazista e membro di spicco della ristretta cerchia di Hitler. Un documento unico e prezioso, ricco di riflessioni, conversazioni e progetti condivisi con il Führer, che aveva nominato Rosenberg capo ad interim del partito nazista, quando nel 1923 era stato arrestato per un fallito colpo di stato. Rosenberg aiutò a pianificare l’invasione nazista e la successiva occupazione dell’Unione Sovietica e nel 1933 fu nominato da Hitler Responsabile Esteri per il Partito. Il ruolo svolto da Rosenberg nel Terzo Reich e le tragiche conseguenze che ne sono derivate, non devono essere sottovalutati: le sue idee hanno gettato le basi per il lavaggio del cervello di un’intera nazione, e fornito alla gente il lasciapassare per il massacro di milioni di persone. Il diario, già rinvenuto negli ultimi giorni della seconda guerra mondiale, nascosto dietro una finta parete in un castello bavarese, era stato utilizzato come prova durante il processo di Norimberga. In seguito, le 425 pagine, che riportano anche i pensieri e le parole di Hitler nei giorni precedenti alla sua morte, scomparvero. Per anni studiosi di tutto il mondo e fanatici dell’ideologia nazista gli hanno dato inutilmente la caccia, finché Robert Wittman, dopo lunghe e faticose ricerche, lo ha riportato alla luce. Un viaggio avvincente e inquietante in uno dei momenti più bui della storia mondiale. Dopo 70 anni torna alla luce il diario inedito del nazismo Un evento mondiale Tradotto in 28 Paesi Dal giornalista premio Pulitzer «Un manoscritto illuminante di oltre 400 pagine, per quasi sessant’anni dato per disperso. Ci sono voluti due uomini – un ex agente dell’FBI e un ex archivista dell’Holocaust Memorial Museum di Washington – e una dozzina d’anni di ricerche per riportare alla luce questo prezioso documento: uno dei pochi diari scritti da un membro della cerchia più ristretta di Hitler giunti fino a noi.» New York Times «Non bastano le parole per raccomandare la lettura di questo volume. È un nuovo deciso atto d’accusa nei confronti del Terzo Reich, un ulteriore rafforzamento di quello che negli ultimi settant’anni è diventato un mantra: non dobbiamo dimenticare né, cosa ancora più importante, permettere che questa inumana pagina di storia si ripeta.» New York Journal of Books Robert K. Wittmanè un ex agente dell’FBI. Ha recuperato centinaia di milioni di dollari in arte e manufatti rubati finché, nell’aprile 2013, ha ritrovato il diario di Alfred Rosenberg. David Kinneygiornalista e scrittore, ha vinto il prestigioso Premio Pulitzer. I suoi articoli appaiono sulle più prestigiose testate americane come il «New York Times», «Washington Post», «Philadelphia Inquirer», e «Los Angeles Times». Vive a Haddonfield in New Jersey.
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Newton Compton Editori
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Sep 29, 2016
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432
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9788854194441
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Italian
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History / Holocaust
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Robert K. Wittman
A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary penned by one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides—Alfred Rosenberg, his “chief philosopher”—and mines its long-hidden pages to deliver a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazi rise to power and the genesis of the Holocaust

An influential figure in Adolf Hitler’s early inner circle from the start, Alfred Rosenberg made his name spreading toxic ideas about the Jews throughout Germany. By the dawn of the Third Reich, he had published a bestselling masterwork that was a touchstone of Nazi thinking.

His diary was discovered hidden in a Bavarian castle at war’s end—five hundred pages providing a harrowing glimpse into the mind of a man whose ideas set the stage for the Holocaust. Prosecutors examined it during the Nuremberg war crimes trial, but after Rosenberg was convicted, sentenced, and executed, it mysteriously vanished.

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Wittman, who as an FBI agent and then a private consultant specialized in recovering artifacts of historic significance, first learned of the diary in 2001, when the chief archivist for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum contacted him to say that someone was trying to sell it for upwards of a million dollars. The phone call sparked a decade-long hunt that took them on a twisting path involving a pair of octogenarian secretaries, an eccentric professor, and an opportunistic trash-picker. From the crusading Nuremberg prosecutor who smuggled the diary out of Germany to the man who finally turned it over, everyone had reasons for hiding the truth.

Drawing on Rosenberg’s entries about his role in the seizure of priceless artwork and the brutal occupation of the Soviet Union, his conversations with Hitler and his endless rivalries with Göring, Goebbels, and Himmler, The Devil’s Diary offers vital historical insight of unprecedented scope and intimacy into the innermost workings of the Nazi regime—and into the psyche of the man whose radical vision mutated into the Final Solution.

David Kinney
Robert K. Wittman
The Wall Street Journal called him “a living legend.” The London Times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.”
 
In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.   
 
Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.
 
In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation’s first African-American regiments.
 
The breadth of Wittman’s exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. Closer to home, he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
 
By the FBI’s accounting, Wittman saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He says the statistic isn’t important. After all, who’s to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? They're both priceless. 
 
The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners.  The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat.  The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes’ descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man.  The museum janitor who made off with locks of George Washington's hair just wanted to make a few extra bucks, figuring no one would miss what he’d filched.
 
In his final case, Wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all. 


From the Hardcover edition.
Robert K. Wittman
El diario del Diablo es un análisis exhaustivo del contenido de uno de los hallazgos históricos más destacados de la historia reciente, el diario de Alfred Rosenberg, ideólogo del nazismo; pero a la vez es una aventura apasionante, la de la tenaz e incansable búsqueda e investigación por parte de dos hombres para recuperar el documento perdido.

En mayo de 1945, tras la rendición de Alemania, el ejército estadounidense encuentra en el castillo de Banz, en Baviera, una ingente cantidad de documentos nazis que registran sus peores secretos, relacionados con el exterminio del pueblo judío. Entre esos documentos se halla el impresionante diario de Alfred Rosenberg: un claro testimonio de su odio hacia los judíos, los bolcheviques y los comunistas.

El libro, utilizado como prueba durante los juicios de Núremberg, desaparece hasta que, en los años noventa, un archivista del Museo Estadounidense Conmemorativo del Holocaustointenta recuperarlo. Este, con la ayuda de Robert K. Wittman -antiguo agente especial del FBI y fundador del FBI Art Crime Team-, logrará dar con el diario, que se hallaba en Nueva York, donde había ido a parar muchos años después de haber sido robado por un abogado judío que participó en los juicios.

Toda esta serie de peripecias son narradas con maestría por Robert K. Wittman y David Kinney -escritor y periodista de The New York Times y The Washington Post, entre otros-. Juntos desvelan, con una espeluznante claridad, la psique y la esperpéntica visión del mundo de una de las figuras clave del Tercer Reich.

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