Olbricht was a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler.
This biography of him, based on a wealth of previously inaccessible
documents from the former East Germany and hundreds of interviews with
survivors of the war, demonstrates the central role Olbricht played in
the July 20th Plot and revises many previous assumptions about
Resistance within Germany in WWII.
biography of a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler was
initially written as a Ph.D. dissertation. It was published in
German (under my maiden name, Helena P. Page) by Bouvier Verlag, Bonn,
in 1993 (2nd ed. 1994). The work resulted in a Ph.D. in History
cum laude from the University of Hamburg because it demonstrated the
central role played by General Friedrich Olbricht and revised many
previous assumptions about the contributions of other
participants. In particular, the analysis of the events of July
1944 represented "an analytical masterpiece, which eliminates many of
the absurdities of the popular description of events."
At the time the research was conducted, prior to German Reunification
in 1990, I was the only Western historian to have gained access to the
military and municipal archives of the GDR (East Germany). In
addition, the National Archives in Washington, DC provided access to
original documents of the German Reichswehr
, OSS and the
US Department of State. The book also draws on all the surviving
personal documents of General Olbricht, generously put at my disposal
by the widow and son-in-law, and on interviews with more than 35
individuals who had personally known General Olbricht.
This book was published in German. I now have a contract from
Haynes Publishing of the UK for an English-language biography of
General Friedrich Olbricht for release in 2009.