Whenever I was on missions abroad I was under standing orders to have an artificial tooth inserted which contained enough poison to kill me within thirty seconds if I were captured. To make doubly sure, I wore a signet-ring in which, under a large blue stone, a gold capsule was hidden containing cyanide." (Walter Schellenberg)
This unique account of Hitler's corrupt regime illuminates more vividly than any other the deepening atmosphere of terror and unreality in which the Nazi leadership lived as the war progressed. Schellenberg recounts with first-hand knowledge the motivations and machinations surrounding the Nazi Army's every move and offers vivid accounts of the countless incidents in which he played a major part including Heydrich's assassination, plans to kill Roosevelt and Stalin, and an attempt to kidnap the Duke of Windsor. But this remarkable inside account is perhaps most memorable for its riveting portraits of Adolf Hitler, and the men whom Schellenberg calls, with stunning lack of irony, "Hitler's willing executioners" – Heydrich, Himmler, Mueller, and Kaltenbrunner.
This controversial book was originally published by André Deutsch in 1956 under the title: The Schellenberg Memoirs: A Record of the Nazi Secret Service.