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Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer
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Jun 02, 2009

really liked it

We puzzle still that a nation/culture such as Germany could be overtaken by (brutal, genocidal) fascism. I lately reread, "Berlin Diary." It remains fascinating reading - reports from a land we never knew and a land which no longer exists. Here is a porthole documenting the evolving changes in Germany. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that to 1941, when Shirer had to leave, he and others still had relative freedom to travel. They had opportunity to see and sometimes to talk with German and Nazi officials. Shirer's reports were subject to censorship but he slipped reports past the censors and suffered no retribution. This book is lively reading.
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