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For Karl Strecker the defeat at Stalingrad and his subsequent captivity were the climax of a lifetime of political and military frustration. At an early age Strecker dedicated his life to the service of his country, but during his lifetime his country underwent so many political changes that he often had trouble understanding what or whom he was serving. Strecker often found himself applying his hard-earned military skills in an undeclared civil war and in the successive world wars that destroyed German military power and ultimately led to a politically divided Germany. The battle of Stalingrad serves as the focal point of this story because, for Strecker, it represented the height of military futility.
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PrefaceIntroductionYouth and EducationThe 152nd Infantry RegimentWorld War IThe End of the War and the Beginning of the RepublicTransfer to the Security PolicePolice TrainingThe Early Years of the Weimar RepublicThe Middle TwentiesThe Late Twenties and the Rise of the NazisThe SA Purge and the Loyalty OathToward a Second World WarThe Stalingrad CampaignThe Consequences of the Stalingrad DefeatPrisoners of WarThe Russian Re-Education ProgramThe Free Germany National Committee and the German Officers LeagueJuly 1944 to the End of the WarPostwar InternmentArrest and TrialRelease and RepatriationStrecker's Stalingrad ExperienceStalingrad-Kotelnikovo [The Stalingrad Campaign]From Moscow to Ischia [Prisoner of War in the Soviet Union]Appendix A: Karl Strecker LettersAppendix B: Pre-War Notebook ExcerptsAppendix C: Appeal of ConvictionAppendix D: Open Letter to Mr. StrassnerAppendix E: Der Weg InscriptionFootnotesBibliographyIndexMaps