EA April 2012

SOME AMERICANS GAVE TIMELY WARNING OF NAZISM'S THREAT TO THE U.S.

The adventures of Americans in London and Paris in the 1920s and1930s have often been chronicled and lionized. Curiously, the experiences of Americans in Berlin in those inter-war years have received attention in inverse proportion to Berlin’s centrality in shaping those very years for Europe and ultimately the Western world and indeed Russia, as well.True, there are memoirs of some participants (as there are by Germans and other Europeans involved in those tumultuous times). But until now there has been a gap in the literature about the perceptions and reactions of the American journalists and diplomats posted to the German capital and the celebrities and other American visitors to Germany in the Hitler years.

 

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