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Here is an authentic record of justice in Germany today, told by a young Berlin correspondent, one of the eight allowed to attend and report German trials. At twenty she secured the job through the Ministry of Justice, a new type of justice which was largely the tool of propaganda and which resorted to brutality for its effectiveness. She analyzes the judges, the state prosecutors, the defendants and the witnesses; she takes up successively the religious trails (including the story of Niemoller), the Jewish trials, the race shame trials, the political' trials (including those of von Fritech and von Ossietky). At the close she shows the country as it was in 1940, with criminal activity on the increase, breeding young murderers wholesale, manned by an ineffectual police and a sanguinary judiciary. She managed to escape over the line into Switzerland, bringing with her the material on which this book is based. This is in the preface, the body of the book is not a personal record, but a straight repertorial job, from which one can draw one's own conclusions. This manner of handling the material limits the market somewhat to those interested in the legal aspects of the subject.

Pub Date: May 12th, 1941
Publisher: Dutton