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The Infiltrators by Norman Ohler (author)

The Infiltrators: The Lovers Who Led Germany's Resistance Against the Nazis

Norman Ohler (author)

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 6 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781838952112

The incredible true story of two idealistic young lovers who led the anti-Nazi resistance in the darkening heart of Berlin, by the author of the internationally bestselling Blitzed.

4 stars out of 5
Roger Boyes
8 Aug 2020

"This lively account of anti-Nazi resistance is also a genuine love story"

Their resistance efforts, although nail-bitingly tense, amounted mainly to pamphleteering rather than active sabotage of the war effort. “War Starvation Lies Gestapo. How much longer?” one of their stickers read. Schulze-Boysen wrote a six-page essay on the problems faced by Napoleon in Russia, making clear the parallels to Hitler’s plans. The essay was shrunk to postcard size by a photographer friend and distributed around Berlin and beyond.

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4 stars out of 5
Philippe Sands
6 Aug 2020

"This is a remarkable story, powerfully told"

This is a remarkable story, powerfully told, of love and courage and of the balance in the relationship between a couple. Ohler writes compelling non-fiction, even if, as he confesses, what he really wants to do in life is write novels or make movies. Perhaps this remark left me wondering at times whether the line between fact and faction might have been crossed. There has been criticism of his acclaimed but controversial account of the propensity of senior Nazis to blitz their way into mass killing and other horrors assisted by high- octane narcotics.

4 stars out of 5
26 Jul 2020

"Ohler has done his research diligently and he has an enthralling story to tell"

This is a book that will appeal to anyone who relishes Ben Macintyre’s tales of wartime espionage and cryptic codes, underpinned by terrifying risk, desperate courage, and double dealing. For more fastidious tastes, Ohler’s prose may seem somewhat lurid and his narration too loosely novelistic: assumptions are made that a more cautiously academic approach might have baulked at, Christian names are liberally used and gratuitously gruesome details lingered over (the final pages are stomach-churningly horrible). Moving at a cracking pace through a succession of snapshot cross-cut chapters, it is ripe for transformation into a film or television series.