Hostage of the Third Reich: The Story of My Imprisonment and Rescue from the SS

Fey Von Hassell, Author Scribner Book Company $0 (264p) ISBN 978-0-684-19080-8
As the daughter of a German diplomat who plotted to kill Hitler, 25-year-old Fey, married to an Italian aristocrat, was arrested in 1944; her two children were taken from her by the SS. This thrilling story tells how she and other kin of the Fuhrer's enemies survived eight months in a succession of concentration camps, Dachau among them, until a last-minute rescue just before liberation (followed by the tale of the miraculous recovery of her children). Excerpts from letters and diaries, placed in historical context by Watt's (von Hassell's son-in-law) helpful editorial notes, convey with poignant immediacy this hair-raising experience. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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