Munich Playground: The Nazi Leadership at Rest and Play

Author(s): Ernest R. Pope  

ISBN: 9781781554548
£11.89 £16.99
A unique book which shows—with grim humour—how Hitler's Nazi's imposed themselves on a city long associated with pleasure.
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As senior correspondent for Reuters in Munich from 1936-1941, American Ernest Pope saw the cruel and outrageous behavior of Nazis in their native habitat. In Munich they ran wild, let their hair down, and indulged in every fantasy money and power could avail them. Pope has all the gossip...and the confirmed stories.

"I have seen the leading actors in the Nazi tragedy, playing their parts on the Bavarian stage. Long before the climax—the outbreak of the war—I knew what the denouement in Hitler's theatre would be."

Pope knew, saw or interviewed all the top Nazis and dozens of lower-level officials, including some of Hitler's security. He saw the Nazis for what they were: a corrupt, debauched, all-too-human menace.

Once back in the US, Pope let loose his frustration and ire at what he'd seen—but couldn't write about when he was reporting from Germany. With great humour and fast-paced prose, he writes of encounters with Hitler, Hess, Streicher, and many more.

Pope turns his savage wit and erudition on his former hosts. Fluent in Bavarian German dialect, Pope made many friends in Munich with citizens and officials alike. He heard jokes from Munichers that could get them thrown in a concentration camp and he poked fun at Nazis whenever he dared.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554548
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 192 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 black-and-white photographs



American journalist Ernest R. Pope was Reuters correspondent in Munich from 1936 to 1941. This was his only book.