My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner: A German Against the Third Reich, edited by Robert Scott Kellner. Cambridge University Press
This book is a secret, lengthy, diary written during WWII by the German social democrat, Friedrich Kellner. In his diary, which spans the time between September 1, 1939, with Hitler invasion of Poland, and May 17, 1945, Kellner describes his life within Nazi Germany. Kellner gave his diary, in 1968, to his grandson, Robert Scott Kellner, and asked that he translate his voluminous diary and give it to the public.
More about Friedrich Kellner and this book: He was a justice inspector in the Mainz courthouse from 1903 until almost 1933. During WWI he served as an infantry sergeant in the German army and when the war ended, he became a political activist who crusaded against the Nazis before they came to power. Kellner, because of his fear of reprisals for opposition to the Nazis moved to Hesse where he began to work as administration manager of the courthouse. He wrote his diary in secret.
The title of his diary, My Opposition, (Mein Widerstand) was in direct response to Hitler’s My Struggle (Mein Kampf.) The main focus of his diary was not to relate personal struggles, although there is glimpse of these, but to dissect the unwise decisions Germans made after WWI with their election of Adolf Hitler and placing the National Socialists into power. He also criticized the leaders and citizens of other nations who he felt remained apathetic to clear evidence that the leaders of Germany, Japan, and Italy were conspiring to consume the entire world.
Kellner was also critical of the reluctance of America and England to step into the fray. He stated that the German people could not be brought to their senses with less than war…words were not working… This book offers great insight into what life under the Nazi regime meant for Germany……Carol