An entirely fascinating historical account from the former Reichbank president, during periods of extreme national crisis. Dr. Schact's amazing successes are now a 'classroom example' in methods of managing a national economy, worldwide. Even the family history of his Americanized name is fascinating and unusual.
Dr. Schact was dismissed by Hitler in 1939, later imprisoned by the Gestapo and National Socialists for implication in the July 20th, 1944, bombing attempt on the Reich Chancellor, and then also tried by the Allies at Nuremberg, where he was acquitted! He reports several direct conversations at meetings with Hitler, which are vital to the historical record now.
As a prisoner, he was sent to the infamous Dachau: "Later that evening we arrived in the courtyard of Dachau Camp... When at last we were unloaded from the van the Lieutenant Colonel in command -- a master craftsman from Munich -- received us with the utmost courtesy. He apologized for being unable to find us suitable accomodation... The treatment and the food were good. The Schuschnigg family installed their radio and we listened to the news regularly every afternoon over coffee."
Having been moved to numerous Nazi and Allied prison camps, he writes about the post-war American camp, near Oberursel: "These conditions were the worst I had experienced in any of my prisons.... Even on my admittance to the Nuremberg prison I was treated most discourteously by the American Prison Governor, Colonel Andrus." Dr. Schact's account and short observations of Goering and the other unfortunate captives in the Allied dock at the Nuremberg trials is absolutely gripping. This book is a 'must read' for modern readers/professors/teachers/students of history, economics, business management, political science, and international finance. Highly recommended.
- ISBN-13: 9781258126742
- Author : Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht, Diana Pyke (Translator)
- Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
- Publication date: 15/10/2011