True War Crimes of the Gestapo: Stories of the Feared German Police Force... The Gestapo were the secret police that Hitler instituted to ferret out spies and other people who did not fall in line with his ideologies; if, for instance, someone was suspected of being of Jewish origin, Hitler would send the Gestapo to round them up, take them into custody, interrogate them - often with violent and painful methods - and then either kill or send them to a concentration camp where they would probably die in any case. When the Second World War came to an end, the Gestapo was found to be responsible for the deaths of millions of people. At the Nuremberg Trials, where most of the WW2 criminals were put on trial and then punished, the Gestapo was declared to be an official criminal organization and many of their leaders were convicted of a number of war crimes. In the end, the German secret police force was an organization that struck terror and fear into the hearts of all civilians. What made them so effective was not just their field skills or their ability to complete their mission, but the fact that they enjoyed what they did and truly believed in the skewered Nazi ideology of racism and Anti-Semitism. We will look at some of the horrific stories of the Gestapo, where they destroyed thousands of innocents and trace the lives of a few individual police offers who are known for their brutality and their cruelty during the war... Here is a preview of what´s inside... World War 2 History: Gestapo Accounts - Revenge Against the Trojan Horse World War 2 History: Jurisdiction, Methods and Effectiveness of The Gestapo World War 2 History: Gestapo Accounts - The Night of the Long Knives World War 2 History: The Individual Officers of The Gestapo World War 2 History: History and Background of the Gestapo World War 2 History: Organization of The Gestapo Much, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nolan Barger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094606/bk_acx0_094606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We are the people our parents warned us about is the motto of the Bandidos, one of the world´s most feared outlaw motorcycle gangs. For ten years, Steve Utah was a Bandidos insider. He arranged the security of their clubhouses. He ´cooked´ ecstasy and ice for them. He was at meetings where interstate and overseas drug and weapons smuggling was planned. He saw stolen military weapons being sold. He witnessed vicious beatings, helped dump corpses. He saw men executed in front of him. It all became too much and, in an attempt to regain control of his life, Utah resorted to the unthinkable: he rolled over to the Federal Police and told them all he knew about the Bandidos. This shocking, unflinching, tragic story is Steve Utah´s confession. He knows he is a dead man running - that inevitably the Bandido code will be honoured and he will be silenced. But not before Utah gets his chance to wake Australians to the looming threat in their midst - the relentless rise of sophisticated organised crime networks inside outlaw motorcycle gangs and the apparent inability of the Police and legal system to deal with it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Carman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001050/bk_boli_001050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of East Germany was closely intertwined with the development of its security services, specifically the Stasi. In an era of totalitarian countries dominated by repressive state agencies, the Stasi stood out for its size and the sheer breadth and depth of its surveillance. Films such as Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) encapsulated post-unification attitudes and conceptions of both life in East Germany and the activities of the Stasi. Despite its notoriety, the legacy of the Stasi is contested in modern Germany. Former West Germans, and Westerners more generally, closely align the East German state and the Stasi, framing a ´´Stasi State´´. Those in the former East Germany, however, resent the patronizing attitudes and conflation of the two institutions, preferring to focus on the social elements of the East German state. Uwe Spiekermann, of the German Historical Institute, succinctly sets out the impressions of many when considering East Germany and its culture of surveillance: ´´In retrospect, the Stasi has become a symbol for the GDR [East Germany].´´ The East German State Security Service, or Staatssicherheitsdienst in German (abbreviated to Stasi) was formed in 1950. It purported to be the state’s ´´shield and sword´´ and closely monitored much of the population for the next 40 years. Some of the figures are startling. By the end of the 1980s, Stasi files were kept on six million out of 18 million inhabitants. When the Stasi archives were opened in the 1990s, files were discovered that stretched for 178 kilometers. Over the course of East Germany’s existence, up to two million people acted as spies, and 90,000 people worked at the Ministry, not to mention the numerous ´´unofficial´´ informers. East Germany also had a much-feared foreign intelligence arm of its intelligence services, the HV A (German: Hauptverwaltung A or central department), which proved expert at infiltrating West Ge 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110801/bk_acx0_110801_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No one in town knows for sure why Don Maddox remains in the small town of Black Falls, Massachusetts - or why a man with no law-enforcement background took a part-time patrolman´s position on a police force more feared than trusted. What is known is that he has been asking a lot of questions in his off-hours about the cops´ activities and about the recent incursion of crystal meth into the area. But why is he so concerned with the sudden disappearance of a local sex offender? And why does he encourage his girlfriend to conceal their relationship from her cop-wary parents? 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Slattery. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000831/bk_sans_000831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The robbery ended in murder, the killers claimed to be terrorists, and the only cooperative witness feared for his life. Police Officer Matt Payne knew the dangers of his profession - but never thought that he himself would be the one who needed protection....In Badge of Honor, W.E.B. Griffin reveals the explosive world of law enforcement with the same power and authenticity that made his Brotherhood of War and the Corps series nationwide best-sellers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Russotto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001643/bk_peng_001643_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´It made Changi seem like heaven.´ There was a place far worse than Changi - Singapore´s Outram Road Gaol. Deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death. Stubborn Buggers is the story of 12 Australian POWs who fought and survived the battle for Malaya, then captivity and slave labour, followed by the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death. But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a story of grit, determination, and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Bowden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002249/bk_boli_002249_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1917, a band of communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II - a dramatic and explosive act marking that Vladimir Lenin’s communist revolution was now underway. But Lenin would not be satisfied with overthrowing the Tsar. His goal was a global revolt that would topple all Western capitalist regimes - starting with the British Empire. Russian Roulette tells the spectacular and harrowing story of the British spies in revolutionary Russia and their mission to stop Lenin’s red tide from washing across the free world. They were an eccentric cast of characters, led by Mansfield Cumming, a one-legged, monocle-wearing former sea captain, and included novelist W. Somerset Maugham, beloved children’s author Arthur Ransome, and the dashing, ice-cool Sidney Reilly, the legendary Ace of Spies and a model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Cumming’s network would pioneer the field of covert action and would one day become MI6. Living in disguise, constantly switching identities, they infiltrated Soviet commissariats, the Red Army, and Cheka (the feared secret police), and would come within a whisker of assassinating Lenin. In a sequence of bold exploits that stretched from Moscow to the central Asian city of Tashkent, this unlikely band of agents succeeded in foiling Lenin’s plot for global revolution. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Napoleon Ryan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018636/bk_adbl_018636_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The military police are hunting him. Rio de Janeiro’s most feared drug lord wants him dead. Lucas is caught in the middle while desperately trying to save his younger sisters, one of whom is critically wounded. Daniel, a DEA agent on leave after a Boston drug bust gone bad, is vacationing in Rio to learn about his birth family. But all he’s uncovered are the grim realities of life in the favelas. Now it’s Lucas’ turn to rescue Daniel. But as a fugitive who’s caught in the crossfire, how can he possibly succeed? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ryan Curtis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/130023/bk_acx0_130023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As Japanese forces attack the Philippines in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, US army nurse Louise Harrison waits to be evacuated from Manila. But with the enemy closing in, Louise is forced to flee with a handful of wounded soldiers to a field hospital deep in the mountains. Isolated in an unfamiliar country amid desperate conditions, Louise strikes up a friendship with Sammy Mori, an injured Japanese soldier with a secret. Deemed a traitor for reporting on the atrocities in Nanking, Sammy is being hunted by his brother, Yoshiko, a member of the feared Japanese military secret police. When Yoshiko discovers the hospital camp, Louise and her patients find themselves in even greater danger. Caught between new loyalties and old, Louise and Sammy must trust their unlikely bond to sustain them through deprivation and chaos. It´s a bond that inspires unexpected acts of courage and sacrifice - a light of hope shining through the darkness of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosemary Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009017/bk_brll_009017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joe Coughlin is untouchable. Once one of America´s most feared and prominent gangsters, he now moves effortlessly between the social elite, politicians, police, and the mob. He has everything he could possibly want: money, power, a beautiful mistress, and anonymity. But in a town that runs on corruption, vengeance, and greed, success can´t protect Joe from the dark truth of his past - and ultimately, the wages of a lifetime of sin will finally be paid in full.... Chilling, heartbreaking, and gripping, this is the most complex and powerful novel to date from Dennis Lehane, writer on The Wire and author of modern classics such as Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone, and The Given Day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Sims. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000930/bk_twuk_000930_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.