Germany and the East-West Crisis: The Decisive Challenge to American Policy

Germany and the East-West Crisis: The Decisive Challenge to American Policy

Germany and the East-West Crisis: The Decisive Challenge to American Policy

Germany and the East-West Crisis: The Decisive Challenge to American Policy

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I am an Austrian by birth, an American by choice. I love the Mediterranean sun, the elegant wit of Paris, the heartbeat and beauty of Rome. And I say all this to show my credentials: all my instincts and prejudices are provoked by anything Teutonic. In fact, when Karl von Ossietzky, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, disappeared in a Nazi jail in 1933, I took over the editorship of the Weltbühne, Germany's best-known and most vehement weekly attack on all that was mean, provincial, dusty, and cruel in pre- Hitler Germany. (The Weltb·hne was also, at least as long as I edited it, an attack on the intellectual premises of Stalinism.) And yet this book is going to propose that Germany be given, in American policies as well as in American notions, the place it already occupies in forceful reality--as the decisive European power in the West's struggle with communism.

I shall propose, in other words, not to separate emotion and judgment, but to comply--as rational people should--with both, and in a correct order of values. In the sphere of policies and politics my own formative emotion is a revulsion against the moral insanity of communism. And my judgments, arrived at on the basis of serious study, will be presented in this book. It is my desire to . . .

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