REHEARSAL FOR DESTRUCTION by Paul W. Massing

REHEARSAL FOR DESTRUCTION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although this book is a history of the development of anti-Semitism in Germany from 1871 to 1914, it is not a record of Nazi horrors; it is not propaganda; it pleads no cause save that of the need for democracy. It rests on a social and political framework, and by means of a thoroughly documented historical review of Germany's immediate political past, points out the need for a shift in political power and a complete change of leadership. It further demonstrates that the anti-Semitic problem far from being a figment of the mind of Hitler, is one which has been interwoven in the history, the economic, political and social fabric of Germany as a burning issue for a generation and more. Hitler had a rich field from which to choose his ideas of racial superiority and the need for the extermination of the Jews. For the serious student of the present scene, and all those interested in the new political focus in fields of law and law enforcement in Germany, this book is a must. Here is a basis for determining our policy in Germany, and a chance to check off and study anew those instances which coincide with the wave of anti-Semitism in the United States. The appendix is virtually a book in itself, and contains documents, notes, reference books annotated, and author comment.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1949
Publisher: Harper