The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich

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A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary penned by one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides—Alfred Rosenberg, his “chief philosopher”—and mines its long-hidden pages to deliver a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazi rise to power and the genesis of the Holocaust

An influential figure in Adolf Hitler’s early inner circle from the start, Alfred Rosenberg made his name spreading toxic ideas about the Jews throughout Germany. By the dawn of the Third Reich, he had published a bestselling masterwork that was a touchstone of Nazi thinking.

His diary was discovered hidden in a Bavarian castle at war’s end—five hundred pages providing a harrowing glimpse into the mind of a man whose ideas set the stage for the Holocaust. Prosecutors examined it during the Nuremberg war crimes trial, but after Rosenberg was convicted, sentenced, and executed, it mysteriously vanished.

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Wittman, who as an FBI agent and then a private consultant specialized in recovering artifacts of historic significance, first learned of the diary in 2001, when the chief archivist for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum contacted him to say that someone was trying to sell it for upwards of a million dollars. The phone call sparked a decade-long hunt that took them on a twisting path involving a pair of octogenarian secretaries, an eccentric professor, and an opportunistic trash-picker. From the crusading Nuremberg prosecutor who smuggled the diary out of Germany to the man who finally turned it over, everyone had reasons for hiding the truth.

Drawing on Rosenberg’s entries about his role in the seizure of priceless artwork and the brutal occupation of the Soviet Union, his conversations with Hitler and his endless rivalries with Göring, Goebbels, and Himmler, The Devil’s Diary offers vital historical insight of unprecedented scope and intimacy into the innermost workings of the Nazi regime—and into the psyche of the man whose radical vision mutated into the Final Solution.

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A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary penned by one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides—Alfred Rosenberg, his “chief philosopher”—and mines its long-hidden pages to deliver an eye-opening account of the Nazi rise to power and the genesis of the Holocaust.

The diary was discovered hidden in a Bavarian castle at war’s end, but after Rosenberg was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and executed, the pages mysteriously vanished. More than half a century later, Robert K. Wittman learned of the diary when the chief archivist for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum contacted him at the FBI to say that someone was trying to sell it for more than a million dollars. The phone call sparked a decade-long hunt. From the crusading Nuremberg prosecutor who smuggled the diary out of Germany to the man who finally turned it over, everyone had reasons for hiding the truth.

About the Author:

Robert K. Wittman created the FBI’s Art Crime Team and was the Bureau’s national expert on cultural property crime. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Priceless. David Kinney is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Big One and The Dylanologists.



David Kinney is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter whose journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times. He is the author of The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish and The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob.

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Book Description William Collins. 1 Cloth(s), 2016. hard. Book Condition: New. More than just a member of Hitler's inner circle, Alfred Rosenberg was the architect of much that became Nazi ideology; he shepherded the party when Hitler was jailed in 1923, formulated the hatemongering of Jews to unify the German people, and planned for the invasion and occupation of Soviet Russia. His diary, filled with observations, conversations, and plans, contained vital details of Hitler's rise to power and governance of the Reich, yet after Rosenberg's conviction at the Nuremberg trials, the diary disappeared. For over half a century the diary remained lost, remembered only by a few, until Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team and the Bureau's expert on cultural property crime, got word that someone was selling it. Co-written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney, this is the thrilling story of Rosenberg; Robert Kempner, the German-born Jewish lawyer who prosecuted Göring and Frick at Nuremberg and stole the diary; Henry Mayer, the archivist who had been doggedly searching for it for decades; and Wittman, who finally found the diary after a decade-long hunt and returned it to its rightful place. "The efforts to recover [the diary] make up the most interesting part of art-crime expert Wittman and Pulitzer-winning Kinney's frequently riveting, serpentine account. The authors have provided an engrossing tale of a detective-style search."—Booklist 513. Bookseller Inventory # 72560

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