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Letters To Freya, 1939-1945
Letters To Freya, 1939-1945
By Helmuth James von Moltke
Knopf, 1990, 441 pp

These letters are a fascinating document: an extraordinary human being observing with fairness and unrelenting hostility the developments in wartime Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. Given the times and the likelihood of surveillance, the letters are amazingly candid. They tell us about the early period of the German conspirators, about Moltke's religious beliefs and the moral conditions of wartime life. An important source for the understanding of World War II. In short, these letters are of transcending and inspiriting importance.