In This Review
Prelude to Silence: the End of the German Republic
Oxford University Press, 1944, 156 pp.
The author of this book was for more than two decades an official in the upper reaches of the German civil service. In his book there is much interesting, and even valuable, information on the demise of the Weimar Republic. Where his analysis falls down is in his failure to comprehend the real nature of the Nazi movement and the causes for its triumph -- which were not at all "accidental" as Dr. Brecht would have us think. This volume is only one more piece of evidence on the inability, or unwillingness, of even the "good Germans" to practise self-criticism.
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