Berlin Diary

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Berlin Diary

By William L. Shirer
Knopf, 1941
605 pp. $3.00

This is the diary of an American journalist who late in 1937 became the Continental European representative of the Columbia Broadcasting System. After August 1939 he made his headquarters in Berlin and most of his entries are dated from there. Some of his most exciting passages, however, were written in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss, in Czechoslovakia just before Munich, in Danzig and Poland on the eve of the war, and in Belgium and France under German occupation. Mr. Shirer never truckled to the Nazis and his journal frequently reveals his indignation against them. Yet he managed to stay in Berlin until the end of 1940, and, in spite of the censor, to broadcast radio reports notable for their honesty. In this book he reveals many of the things which he was not allowed to divulge over the ether. Altogether this is one of the most illuminating and readable books that have come out of the war.

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