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The Brown Plague: Travels in Late Weimar and Early Nazi Germany
In 1932 and 1933, during the months surrounding the Nazi seizure of power, Daniel Guérin, then a young French journalist, made two trips through Germany. The Brown Plague, translated here into English for the first time, is Guérin’s eyewitness account of the fall of the Weimar Republic and the first months of the Third Reich. Originally written for the popular French left ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published July 29th 1994 by Duke University Press Books
(first published 1965)
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The book is a really interesting account of Guerin's travels through Germany in 1933 shortly after the Nazi's took power. The best part of the book is the honesty. It neither goes into German exceptionalism nor does it make excuses for ordinary people's role in supporting the Nazis. You get a complex picture of support derived from the betrayals of the traditional left parties, fear and rampant nationalism. But unlike such hack jobs like Hitler's Willing Executioners, you also see the hatred of ...more
Daniel Guérin was a French anarcho-communist author, best known for his work 'Anarchism: From Theory to Practice', as well as his collection 'No Gods No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism' in which he collected writings on the idea and movement it inspired, from the first writings of Max Stirner in the mid-19th century through the first half of the 20th century. He is also known for his opposition ...moreMore about Daniel Guérin...