I Paid Hitler

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I Paid Hitler

By Fritz Thyssen
Farrar, 1941
281 pp. $2.75
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The candid title of this book indicates the gist of its contents. Herr Thyssen was one of those German industrialists who supported the Nazi Party during the early years of the movement, only to discover that once in power their Frankenstein had no intention of setting up a corporative state in which the function of the storm troopers would be merely to keep labor in subjection for the convenience of big business. Disillusioned on this score and scandalized at the anti-religious -- especially anti-Catholic -- behavior of the Nazis, Herr Thyssen left Germany, only to be arrested and imprisoned when France, where he had taken refuge, was overrun by the German Army. Local appeasers, especially any of them who may happen to be sincere Catholics, might well ponder this amazing and depressing tale.

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