THE RETURN OF GERMANY by Norbert Muhlen

THE RETURN OF GERMANY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A highly interesting report on East and West Germany as the twenty year interim (1933-1953) denies the conjecture that it can- and will- happen again and that the specter of Nazism will be resurrected. But while the threat of the old Nazism which is now neo-Nazism has gained little ground in the sporadic areas where it has appeared, the political complexion of West Germany is much the same as it ever was; the popular majority is still a passive one, non-political as it was in 1933, negativistic, little inclined towards either self-determination or action--- and democracy, the American import, still has its allen accent. The forces which do exist, Adenauer's restoration-old style, Schumacher's frustration, Nmoller's neutralism which is now pro-Soviet, represent minority interests. East Germany, on the other hand, is now after five years in total submission- Stalin's- and it is this Red Reich, rather than Hitler's Third, which is the contender for totalitarian supremacy... A rather disheartening picture of a country which denies its past and present responsibility in spite of its importance in the coming play for power. An informed study, to which first hand experience and observation lends immediacy. Controversial.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1953
Publisher: Regnery