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Diary of a Man in Despair Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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'Stunning... It is not often that invective reaches the level of art, and rarer still that hatred assumes a tragic grandeur'-- The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
This book is the first I've read by a German which seeks to explain - but not excuse - the way the German nation reacted to Hitler in terms of mass social-psychology, or sickness and disease as metaphors for the collective loss of what the author saw as the virtues of the German nation in more socially secure times. Hitler is referred to as a boil, a virus, an abortion; clearly, he associates Germany's mental collapse with the diminished human status of a satanic Hitler. His perspective as a Prussian aristocrat mourning for the loss of old virtues might, to some readers, diminish his capacity to comment on the willingness of a people to subject itself to tyranny. But I found that this does not get in the way at all with his assessment, progressing from 1936 right up to his arrest in 1944, of why Germany acted as it did.
His assessment of the drifting of the German nation into the hysteria and banality of "mass-man" psychoses is vitriolic and escoriating in its condemnation of all the elements of the - at that time - modern society. His scorn is reserved for the industrialists and petit bourgeousie who he felt had thrown their lot in with Hitler and, in so doing, betrayed the positive characteristics of the German nation.Read more ›
The author has a keen insight into the mind of Hitler and the Nazis and one wonders how he was an lone island of opposition among a blind nation.
There are many interesting points about the catholic south and the protestant north and how the whole tragedy began with Bismark. Dont miss this book
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So many turn their heads and pretend that they just do not see. Not this author! Honest to himself, to his readers and to history. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jack Wonder
It is the first time that I read a book in which it is described the fact that there were some Germans who were absolutely against Hitler's regime. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org