Island of the Innocent, by Madeleine Kent, and Little Superman, by Heinrich Mann
For the world’s readiness to be hoodwinked by word-juggling and phrase-making, Island of the Innocent, oddly enough, blames the intellectuals. They who above all others should have been our first line of defense against verbal sleight of hand failed us because they ignored the distinction between good and evil, charging badness to environment or circumstances. That the incapacity to feel moral indignation was responsible for England’s apathy towards Nazism between 1933 and 1939 forms the Koestlerian premise of this book by Madeleine Kent, an Englishwoman, and explains the title.
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