The 464th Bomb Group in WWII - Our Allies
Dr. Robert S. Kellner
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[Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Dr. Kellner's website.
In May the diary is scheduled to be on exhibit at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential
Library in Abilene, Kansas - to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of VE-Day.To read
more about August Fredrich Kellner's diary please click on the link, above.]
My grandfather, August Friedrich Kellner, was a local
court official in Germany during WWII. He was the chief justice inspector in a small
town in the Vogelsberg mountains north of Frankfurt.
He spoke out against the Nazis and in March 1940 was
called to account for his statements. After that harrowing experience he confined
himself to writing down his thoughts in a diary that he titled "Mein Widerstand".
His writings do not deal with the mundane daily events of life,
but rather challenge the falsehoods of Nazi propaganda and record the inhuman atrocities
committed by the Nazis.
Some of the diary entries refer to the murder of Russian
prisoners of war, and to the execution of civilians as reprisals for resistance to
There are also entries verifying the deliberate genocide of
the Jews and the Poles, and to the active anti-Semitism encountered locally. The dates
of these entries belie the argument that the ordinary German was unaware of these
But, the diary is not just a record of past evil deeds. On
almost every page my grandfather confronts the mentality that succumbs so easily to
barbarous doctrines, and in so doing his words serve as a warning to our own and future
And along with this warning comes my grandfather’s constant
call for America and other democracies to stand together to fight against the evils of
terrorist regimes and dictatorships.
The handwritten diary is 860 pages long with 676 dated
entries, and it includes 525 newspaper clippings. The diary is divided into ten notebooks.
"I could not fight the Nazis in the present, as
they had the power to still my voice, so I decided to fight them in the future," my
grandfather explained to me, when he gave me the diary for safekeeping.
The members of the research unit for Holocaust literature
at Justus Liebig University in Giessen are arranging for funding to publish the diary in
Germany. This will be a definitive scholarly edition of the diary, under the editorship of
Dr. Sascha Feuchert, with me, Robert Scott Kellner, as an associate editor, writing
the biographical introduction.
The documentary film, "My Opposition: the Diaries
of Friedrich Kellner," was produced in 2007 by CCI Entertainment and Global
Television in Toronto.
Visit Dr. Kellner's website at http://www.geocities.com/chippen0/
to read more about his grandfather and the diary.
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