The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg, Hitler's Chief of Counterintelligence

The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg, Hitler's Chief of Counterintelligence This Unique Account Of Hitler S Corrupt Regime Illuminates Vividly Than Any Other The Deepening Atmosphere Of Terror And Unreality In Which The Nazi Leadership Lived As The War Progressed Schellenberg Recounts With Firsthand Knowledge The Motivations And Machinations Surrounding The Nazi Army S Every Move In Poland, Austria, And Russia But This Remarkable Inside Account Is Perhaps Most Memorable For Its Riveting Portraits Of Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Heinrich Mueller, Ernst Kaltenbrunner Men Whom Schellenberg Calls, With Stunning Lack Of Irony, Hitler S Willing Executioners

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  • Paperback
  • 444 pages
  • The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg, Hitler's Chief of Counterintelligence
  • Walter Schellenberg
  • English
  • 22 April 2019
  • 9780306809279

10 thoughts on “The Labyrinth: Memoirs of Walter Schellenberg, Hitler's Chief of Counterintelligence

  1. says:

    Although written after the war and while Schellenberg was either on or awaiting trial, and thus clearly self serving, there are fascinating details of life within the Nazi leadership orbit and on the scene in major events that seem likely to be true All of this, including the possible lies, are of use to me as Schellenberg becomes an important character in the final third of my sequel to A FLOOD OF EVIL A Flood of Evil

  2. says:

    Interesting book Schellenberg provides an insight into a number of key events in the history of the third reich He does have a tendency to place himself in the middle of events where his role was perhaps peripheral He is on the whole accurate though The most interesting thing is his complete ignorance of how thoroughly penetrated German intelligence efforts were during the war as well as how little attention he pays to crimes This book is now an important source which you will often find quoted in footnotes It s best, as with many sources from this period, to trust him only when you can verify elsewhere

  3. says:

    Worth a read for insights into the sometimes crazy exploits of the Nazi counterintelligence agency under Schellenberg in Hitler s regime Interesting accounts of conversations between him and Heydrich, Himmer, Hitler and others.I couldn t help shaking the feeling, however, that the main purpose behind these memoirs was the hope by Schellenberg to rehabilitate his career after his role in disaster that was the Third Reich.

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    Walter Schellenberg was one of the 7 department heads in Reinhardt Heydrich s police security organisation, the RSHA, set up in 1939 Germany just before the start of WW2 Department IV was the secret state police the Gestapo department V was the Criminal police, the Kripo Schellenberg was the head of department VI, SD Ausland, the foreign intelligence department His memoirs are of immense value to anyone like me interested in Germany during WW2 and the Nazi regime of the time The book starts well, with several chapters containing priceless nuggets of information and insight However, as the book progresses the details become sketchier, the chapters shorter The tone of the document betrays little remorse for the atrocities carried out by the Nazis, only a sort of professional detachment For example, he complains that it was difficult to obtain information from one small group of Soviet spies that his men captured as the prisoners made repeated attempts to commit suicide There is no mention of any criminal activity on his part, of course Any direct dealings with foreign spies show him in the role of a reasonable and humane man Some of the details are wildly inaccurate His description of the assassination of Heydrich, for example, speaks of 120 assassins taking refuge in the cathedral I m pretty sure there were only 2 or 3 For the record, Schellenberg gave evidence against his co accused during the Nuremberg trials and was himself sentenced to 6 years He died of liver failure before he could complete his sentence.

  6. says:

    A very interesting account However it seemed to be only favourable to the author Some of how he portrays events and central figures always appears to be positive in terms of himself while others appear incompetent, blindly loyal to Hitler and his entire system and or stupid That being said much of what he says explains the inevitable fall of Germany due to mindless sycophants and power hungry and fanatical believers of Hitler and his regime Without even mentioning the monumental stupidity of Hitler and his decision to attack the Soviet Union I don t believe the author was as involved in so many major events as he claims The book almost seems to suit his own personal beliefs and how he wishes to be portrayed As well as casting him in the most positive and informed way in contrast to so many other major Nazi leaders Glad I didn t pay for this book It was in a bunch of old books my Dad accumulated over a long period of time The paperback copy I read had pages falling out it was that old Thankfully it was a complete copy still so I could read it in its entirety Interesting for sure How true is his story and version of events Perhaps educated WWII scholars and historians can say definitively Just my thoughts as a reader This is a very old book in terms of when it was published.

  7. says:

    Very Interesting and informative.Even if Schellenberg tends to give himself a lot of credit for the different actions that are described at length in the book, there are a lot of valuable information that you could not have gotten from somewhere else.In particular, I have learned a lot about the relation with in the top leadership of the SS and how the men despised each other.One interesting part is the end of the book whick narrates the end of a known story from the inside We realize how Himmler was a non decisive man when it came to take action against the madness of the Chief Another point that is noteworthy is that the third reich could have won the war should hitler s entourage had been of a better quality.Fortunately for us, the fact that these ministers Ribbentrop particularly and SS leaders fought each other to please Hitler contributed for the end of the Nazi regime.On a nother hand, I sense that if the Nazi leaders had been composed of people of the quality of Schellenberg, the story would have been different and probably the third reich would still be there, living in peace since 1942, where peace feelers where launched by clever people but destroyed by Hitler and its clique.

  8. says:

    Maybe 3.5 stars Lots of this memoir by the head of Nazi Germany s Secret Service reads like a collection of spy stories, but towards the end it s like a standard memoir as he recounts his activities during the last days of the Third Reich It s remarkable how unrealistic the Nazi hierarchy was from 1943 on couldn t seem to understand they were going down the tubes or maybe they just didn t care.Schellenberg reported directly to Himmler for the last couple years of the war, so he is able to provide lots of insight on Himmler and their joint futile effort to make a separate peace with the Western allies.Doing some research to put this book in context, I came across much corroborative information That and the intro by Alan Bullock gives it credability.

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  10. says:

    A great memoir about the inner workings of the RSHA first under Reinhard Heydrich s rule, and later Ernst Kaltenbrunner s Some of the facts are of course were altered by the author mostly to shift his own personal responsibility to the others, but for the most part it s just a very compelling read with a healthy amount of Schellenberg s witty remarks and sarcasm Highly recommended to all those, who are interested in history of Nazi Germany and inner workings of its highest echelons.

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