Faculty Book: Benjamin Hett
Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand
(Oxford University Press, 2008)
2007 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, Wiener Library, London
The book is a biography of the German lawyer Hans Litten (1903–38) who devoted his legal practice to fighting the Nazis, and on one occasion in 1931 subjected Adolf Hitler to a withering three-hour cross examination. Hitler took his revenge after 1933, and Litten died in the Dachau Concentration Camp in 1938. and on the other a study of the collapse of the rule of law in Germany in the years just before and just after the Nazi takeover. The first full-length biography of this very brave man, the book also explores the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic, the collapse of the rule of law in Germany in the years just before and just after the Nazi takeover, and the terror of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933. Benjamin Hett is an assistant professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 18, 2008