The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Breaking the Silence: The German Who Exposed the Final Solution

Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman

Cover of "Breaking the Silence: The German Who Exposed the Final Solution"

A remarkable story of the German industrialist who first warned the West of Nazi plans for the mass murder of Jews.

Through unparalleled historical detective work, noted scholars Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman reveal the inspiring tale of Eduard Schulte, the Breslau business leader who risked his life to gather information about such Nazi activities as the revised date of the German attack on Poland and the Nazi plan for mass extermination of European Jews. First published in 1986, Breaking the Silence is reissued with both a new foreword and afterword by the authors.

"A superb… piece of detective work and an exciting real-life spy drama." —San Francisco Chronicle

About the Authors

Walter Laqueur was a former director of the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London and founder and editor with George Mosse of the Journal of Contemporary History and of Survey. He was a professor emeritus of history of ideas at Brandeis University and Georgetown University and visiting professor of history and government at Harvard, University of Chicago, Tel Aviv, and Johns Hopkins University. He authored or co-authored dozens of books, including Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany and The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day.

Richard Breitman is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at American University.