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From the Ashes of Disgrace: A Journal from Germany, 1945-1955

From the Ashes of Disgrace: A Journal from Germany, 1945-1955

By Hans Speier

University of Massachusetts Press, 1981, 336 pp.

A well-known American social scientist, born and educated in pre-Hitler Germany, publishes his memorabilia from the first decade after Germany's defeat. The records of his impressions and conversations attest to a sensitive observer, amazed at the sheer resiliency of people, at life asserting itself amid ruins. There is significant commentary on the style of the American presence as well.