THE NEW NAZIS OF GERMANY by Wellington Long

THE NEW NAZIS OF GERMANY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

London Times-man Wellington Long has written a fluent book on the fluid-fulminating course of the Nazi movement in Germany. He takes up after the war with the Allied denazification attempts (and the incredibly detailed Fragebogen), hampered by the fact that non-Nazis competent to run things were hard to come by: profiles the new would-be Hitlers (Loritz, Dorls, Naumann), the radical refugees, the murderers (Kipphardt, playwright of In the Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer, is currently at work on Brother Eichmann), the propagandists (sales of neo-Nazi literature have risen in inverse proportion to political influence). He analyzes the new anti-Semitism and proposes that the spontaneity and lack of central organization is the more menacing for revealing a reserve of political radicalism and violence potentially powerful and dangerous in the hands of a man able to tap and channel it. That man may be Adolf (yes) Thadden, head of the NPD, whose slogan is Wir setzen uns durch (We shall overcome) and whose principles, theses and demands read like a French statement of aims but alarm because they are German. Long leaves the reader with the equivalent of Deutschland uber Alles! A quick study of political movements at a lay level; no mention of the student protests.

Pub Date: July 24th, 1968
Publisher: Chilton