The Interpreter: Memoirs Of Doktor Eugen Dollmann by Eugen Dollmann soon to be presented for sale on the special BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Hutchinson, 1967, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; First British Edition. [First Published: as Dolmetscher der Diktatoren].
From the cover: Armed with innumerable letters of introduction which were soon to establish him in the fashionable salons of the Italian capital, as well as a scholarship to finance his research for a history of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, Eugen Dollmann arrived in Rome in 1926.
The history was never to be written; the events and personalities described so entertainingly in this book got in the way for the next ten years. Rarely can the former great of recent history have been put so properly in their historical place Hitler, Himmler, Mussolini, Ciano, Heydrich and many others. In the authors words the main purpose of The Interpreter is to strip former leading persons of their nimbus. To look at the things behind the curtain, their moods and faults, their merits as shown so often in little events neglected in the works of the historians.
In 1934 Eugen Dollmann joined the Nazi party and later became both official and unofficial interpreter to various members of the German and Italian Fascists hierarchy. In this capacity he attended the Munich conference of 1938 and was present at most of the important meetings between Hitler and Mussolini, also witnessing many of the endless squabbles between Mussolinis son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano and Hitlers Foreign Secretary, von Ribbentrop. He inter-preted for Heinrich Himmler during his visits to Rome and was, curiously for one of his temperament, appointed Obersturmfuehrer in the Allgemeine SS. He played a considerable role in the surrender of the German Army in Italy, helping to prevent the execution of Hitlers scorched-earth orders.
Many of the incidents about which he writes are here told for the first time. The book is full of piquant anecdotes Himmlers excavations for the legendary treasure of King Alarich, reputedly buried in the bed of the river Busento; the visit of Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of the Central State Security Bureau, to the House of the Provinces, a brothel frequented by officers and men of means; Hitlers dread and annoyance at being piloted into his newly conquered Ukraine by Mussolini; and the final showdown between Mussolinis wife, Rachele, and Clara Petacci, his mistress to mention only afew. Eugen Dollmann, who makes no attempt to conceal or exonerate his own association with the Nazis, has succeeded in writing a memoir filled with political intrigue, Nazi undercover activity and outrageous comment about the great of the time which combine to make The Interpreter fascinating reading.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with the laminate lifting at the join of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 352 pages. Index. 8½” x 5½”.
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