Free In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in…A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich w. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the New Germany, she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition.
Garden of Beasts (2004)
Larson recounts the career of the American Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd , particularly the years to when he and his family, including his daughter Martha , lived in Berlin. The Ambassador, who earned his Ph. She defended the regime to her skeptical friends. Within months of their arrival, the family became aware of the evils of Nazi rule. Dodd periodically protested against it. President Roosevelt was pleased with Dodd's performance while most State Department officials, suspicious of his lack of background in their area of expertise, as well as his inability to finance embassy activities from his own wealth, found him undiplomatic and idiosyncratic. The title of the work is a loose translation of Tiergarten , a zoo and park in the center of Berlin.
Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. Dodd viewed the position as an opportunity to finish the project that he believed would be his legacy: a multivolume history of the American South. It was also a chance to reconnect with his two adult children, Bill Jr. The Berlin that the Dodds initially encountered appeared, on the surface, to be vibrant and full of promise.
But then, the events of history are always clearer in hindsight. How could anyone know exactly what was about to happen? However, looking back at Germany in the s, we have to wonder if a better person in the job could have changed history. Is it possible for a United States ambassador to be present at a defining moment in world history and remain …oblivious? Dodd was chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago in when he was offered the position of ambassador to Germany. He had no real qualifications, other than some political connections with the Democratic Party and time spent as a graduate student at the University of Leipzig in the late s.