One of the few survivors of the German Resistance, von Schlabrendorff traces his anti-Nazi activity from his student days in the 1920s, through Hitler's rise to power, to the war and his involvement in the July 20, 1944, plot. He vividly recalls the double life of the Resistance leaders during World War II, the futile secret meetings of the conspirators, and their efforts to enlist the aid of weak and vacillating German generals.
* How Could Hitler Happen? The Roots of the Opposition * The Battle Begins * Frustrated Efforts * Negotiations with Britain * Early Plans for a Coup dtat * The First Year of the War * The Early Years of the Russian Campaign * Resistance on the Eastern Front * The Leaders of the Resistance * The Shield of the Resistance * The Staff of the Resistance * Other Opposition Groups * Blueprint for a New Germany * To KillOr Not to Kill? The First Assassination Attempt * Preparations for the Coup dtat * Plans for the Day After. New Frustrations * July 20, 1944 * The Price of Failure * Gestapo Prison * Before the Peoples Court. Liberation