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Berlin embassy
Call No: 943.155 R96b

Call Number943.155 R96b
Dates2005; 1941
Statement of ResponsibilityWilliam Russell.
Creators & ContributorsRussell, William (author)
SummaryFirst published in 1941 to considerable acclaim, Berlin Embassy is the classic account of the last days of peace in Europe, and has been out-of-print for almost fifty years. William Russell was a young American diplomat working at the US Embassy, in Hermann Goering Strasses, during the grim days of 1939. He had studied in Germany, prior to becoming part of America's diplomatic mission, which placed him in a position to gain unheard of access to remote areas—both physically and ideologically—of German society during one of the most momentous times in world history. Russell does not miss any opportunity to capitalize on this unique position as he gives a totally absorbing account of both the horror and farce which so often defines such epic times. This quite remarkable account is sure to find a whole new readership.—Publisher
  1. As I walked along the Hermann Goering Strasse toward our Embassy a siren shrieked with startling closeness.
  2. It was 10:45 in the morning when Adolf Hitler rode past the American Embassy on his way to proclaim a state of war with Poland.
  3. PEACE
  4. I looked out my office window onto the Hermann Goering Strasse.
  5. It is curious how one's ways of thinking change, and change so quietly that one does not realize it himself.
  6. It was bitter cold in Berlin in January; deep snow had covered the sandbags which were stacked against the Embassy cellar windows...
  7. It was a midnight in February, 1940, and the darkened Berlin city bus in which I rode was filled with well-dressed people, the theatre crowd on its way home.
  8. In the long period which I lived in Berlin, I was invited out innumerable times.
  9. One morning a German girl whom I knew well, an intelligent and spirited girl, sat with me in a parked car in our Embassy back yard.
Physical Description 239 pages ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Carroll & Graf
EditionFirst Carroll & Graf edition
  • First published in the USA in 1941 by E. P. Dutton—Title page verso
RecognitionGifted in 2012 by Stuart Michelson