In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Introduction: 1933: The Man Behind the Curtain Summary & Analysis

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Joseph Schachno, a thirty-one-year-old doctor from New York, had been practicing medicine in Berlin. He appeared at the American consulate in Berlin, where he was examined. The skin had been flayed from most of his body. He had been beaten with whips and was a mass a raw flesh. The American consulates were appalled. He had been charged as an enemy of the state and visited in the night by a squad of uniformed men nine days before. Even though there was no evidence of the crime, he was beaten mercilessly. Since Hitler had been named German chancellor, Americans and Germans alike had been abused and tortured. America's consul General for Germany since 1930, George S. Messersmith, had noticed the change since Hitler's rise to power. Messersmith felt alone in his campaign to warn the world about Hitler. Messersmith hoped...

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