The German Phoenix

The German Phoenix

The German Phoenix

The German Phoenix

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Germany's phoenix-like economic rise from rags to riches and its less spectacular but equally significant return to free institutions and the rule of law after Hitlerite tyranny are two of the most heartening developments in the history of Europe since World War II. (This applies, of course, only to the Federal Republic, the larger and more populous part of Germany, the part that has remained free.)

The German revival has marched hand in hand with the general movement in Europe to reach and surpass by far prewar standards of output; the two are closely interdependent. The emergence of a new Germany as a free, prosperous, and anti-Communist national community is also a conspicuous victory for United States foreign policy. The United States' share in the buildup of a new Germany has been considerable, through Marshall Plan economic aid, through military assistance, and through the mutually fruitful cultural exchange which has brought Americans and Germans closer together in thought and understanding.

The constructive accomplishments of Germany under the leadership of Konrad Adenauer have been obscured by one-sided emphasis in popular books and films on the atrocities of the Nazi period. There have also been some profoundly distorted attempts to represent modern Germany as seething with neo-Nazi spirit.

This book is an attempt to describe the new Germany and to analyze its moving forces. I was familiar with Germany at the time of the Weimar Republic, and also during the first phase of Nazi dictatorship. Since the war I have made ten trips to Germany as a . . .

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