The German Record: a Political Portrait

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The German Record: a Political Portrait

By William Ebenstein
Farrar, 1945
334 pp. $3.00

While the flood of books "explaining" Germany shows no sign of letting up, it is pleasant to note one that really gets at the core of things. Professor Ebenstein, who finds the political record of the German people almost as black as does Lord Vansittart, rests his case on a thorough knowledge of what that record is. That his analysis cuts deep is shown by his statement that "the only way to understand the Nazi Germans is to observe the anti-Nazi Germans [for] the key to an appreciation of the implicit and unstated premises of Nazism will be found less in Treitschke and Hitler than in the flood of anti-Nazi books published in the past five years in the United States and England."

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