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The women who flew for Hitler: a true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry

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"Despite Hitler's dictates on women's place being in the home, two fiercely defiant female pilots were awarded the Iron Cross during the Second World War. Other than this unique distinction and a passion for flying that bordered on addiction, these women could not have been less alike. One was Aryan Nazi poster-girl Hanna Reitsch, an unsurpassed pilot, who is now best-known for being the last person to fly into Berlin-under-siege in April 1945, in order to beg Hitler to let her save him. He refused and killed himself two days later. The other pilot was her antithesis, a brilliant aeronautical engineer and test-pilot Melitta Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg who was part Jewish. She used her value to the Luftwaffe as a means to protect her family. When her brother-in-law, Claus von Stauffenberg, planned the Valkyrie attack to assassinate the Fuehrer, she agreed to provide the transport. Both women repeatedly risked their lives to change the history of the Third Reich--one in support of and the other in opposition. Mulley shows, through dazzling film-like scenes suffused in glamour and danger, that their interwoven dramas are a powerful forgotten story of conformity and resistance and the very strength of women at the heart of the Second World War"--
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subject_facetAeronautical engineers -- Germany -- Biography
Air pilots, Military -- Germany -- Biography
Biographies
Iron Cross -- Biography
Reitsch, Hanna
Stauffenberg, Melitta, -- Gräfin, -- 1903-1945
Women air pilots -- Germany -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Germany
title_displayThe women who flew for Hitler : a true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry
title_fullThe Women Who Flew for Hitler A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry
The women who flew for Hitler : a true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry / Clare Mulley
title_shortThe women who flew for Hitler
title_suba true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry
topic_facetAerial operations, German
Aeronautical engineers
Air pilots, Military
Biography & Autobiography
History
Iron Cross
Military
Nonfiction
Reitsch, Hanna
Stauffenberg, Melitta
Women
Women air pilots
World War, 1939-1945