Berlin Diary

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Berlin Diary
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Berlin Diary, Penguin Books edition 1979
Author William Shirer
Country United States
Language English
Genre History
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
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ISBN N/A for first edition

Berlin Diary (1934–1941) is a first-hand account of the rise of the Third Reich and its road to war, as witnessed by the American journalist William L. Shirer.[1] Shirer, a radio reporter for CBS, covered Germany for several years until the Nazi press censors made it impossible for him to report objectively to his listeners in the United States; feeling increasingly uncomfortable, he left the country. The identities of many of Shirer's German sources were disguised to protect these people from retaliation by the German secret police, the Gestapo. The contents of this book provided much of the material for his landmark book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

In 1947, End of a Berlin Diary continued and finished the story of the Third Reich, from July 20th, 1944, to the Nuremberg Trials.


  1. ^ "William L. Shirer, Author, Is Dead at 89". nytimes. New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 

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