TOPP, Erich RUST, Eric C., trans.
Title: Odyssey of a U-Boat Commander : Recollections of Erich Topp. 1st in dj.
Publisher:  Praeger, Westport, CT, 1992, ISBN:0275938980
Seller ID: 86845
TOPP, Erich. The Odyssey of a U-Boat Commander : Recollections of Erich Topp. Translated by Eric C. Rust. Westport, CT: Praeger, (1992). First Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-x,-242,(2), + 10 p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine. A translation of Fackeln über dem Atlantik. "Admiral Topp's memoirs reflect the faith, hopes, errors, and transformations in a man's life, indeed those of a whole generation whose understanding of history and ideology were held captive by the myth of power. The terrible annihilation in World War II and, even more so, the unimaginable destructive potential of nuclear weapons, have resulted in a change in the use of power. The author's diaries and journals, along with their contemporary interpretation, illustrate the political dimension of this change. Topp wrote this book to illuminate a segment of twentieth-century history, which'can only be portrayed truthfully by those who themselves have lived and s uffered through it'. Topp also describes freely the era of the Third Reich.Even today, after long years of occupying posiutions of leadership, the au thor feels the burden of historical responsibility. In this sense his book is a statement about the ambivalence of human existence. It provides answers to the question of why a whole generation of Germans followed the mesmerizing siren song of a totalitarian regime, an experience that still looms like a shadow over the living." - from the dj. Very good in crisp dust jacket. Curiously uncommon. 100.00