The Common Man of the Nazis
The outbreak of the war put an end once and for all to the large but undistinguished body of anti-Nazi literature that flourished in the 30′s. This literature was in its greater part directly influenced by the anti-Nazi bluster of Stalinism and the Stalinist popular front, and relied on the solidarity of the proletariat, both German and international, to bring about the downfall of Hitler. But the deployment of vast armies made it plain at last that the issue was to be settled otherwise.
Despite the fact that writers of considerable talent at one time or another contributed to it, this literature was a failure in every respect. And not the least of all its shortcomings was its curious inability to reckon seriously with its antagonist.
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