A deliberate and learned appraisal of the German problem in terms of the past and a solution for the present, by a German Swiss, with an introduction by F.A. Hayek. The author seeks his solution in examining here the German mind and national character and studies the pathology of German history from Bismarck to Hitler. He concludes that the Nazi regime was general totalitarianism and not Teutonism, implicates the world in the German guilt, and reviews the guilt of the German people both as a group and as individuals. German history he sees in its dominant terms, collective morality, the intellectual movement, Prussianism, etc. In the final section the author presents his solution in contrast to what has been done and calls for a decentralization of Germany politically and economically. In spite of the sweeping claims to omniscience implied in the title, this is hardly convincing.