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Walter Rathenau: Notes and Diaries 1907-1922

Walter Rathenau: Notes and Diaries 1907-1922

Edited by Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann

Clarendon Press/Oxford, 1985, 346 pp.

Hitherto untranslated texts of one of Germany's most intriguing and influential figures. On intimate terms with the several elites, in July 1917 he told Ludendorff that the English way of telling people the gravity of the situation was superior: "We had emasculated opinion by three years of deception: at least thirty illusions had come into being during that time and were completely believed." These deceptions paved the way for later disasters.