been stopped. An indictment for treason has been returned against the offenders.

Despite all precautions taken by the German authorities, someone from time to time spills the beans. The revelation that German agents were operating with secret radio transmitters is damaging.

When this secret press information reached our Berlin Bureau, every member of our staff tried to secure a copy of the banned publication. By that time the Gestapo had visited all the newsstands on which the periodical was ordinarily on sale, and had confiscated them.


XXI: Shaping a People's Mind

BEFORE the advent of Nazism, the German press of the short-lived republican era was one of the freest in the world. The greatest diversity of opinion and of presentation imaginable characterised it. It is now one of the most minutely regimented. Its uniformity is deadening.

In the pre- 1933 days two German members of our Berlin Bureau staff spent about three hours every afternoon merely marking the items that might be of interest to the American staff. In addition, two Americans devoted at least an hour each to going over most carefully one well-reputed German daily to make sure that nothing with a possible "American angle" had been missed by our German collaborators.

After the advent of the Hitler régime, one German assistant could, in an hour's time, finish surveying all the Berlin and the important provincial papers as well. Very little news could be culled. We turned more and more, from sheer boredom, to feature and background and biographical writing. Actual news was a rare quantity on an ordinary day.

The newsmen and editors of the Third Reich, as it must be apparent, are completely under the thumb of the Reich's Ministry for Propaganda and Public Enlightenment. It follows as a corollary that the man of the press who religiously obeys instructions can practically do no wrong. He is sure of a life job, is well paid, may wear a special brown journalist's uniform on festive occasions, and enjoy a certain social prestige.

Before he is fed his news, however, there has been a long and careful winnowing process among the various government agencies. The system is as follows:

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  • Title Page 3
  • Foreword 6
  • Contents 8
  • Illustrations 10
  • I: the Modern Genghis Khan 11
  • Ii: Why Hitler? 19
  • Iii. Preparing the Ground 26
  • Iv: Why Wasn't Hitler Stopped? 36
  • V: "Terror is a Wholesome Thing" 44
  • Vi: the Nazis in Control 52
  • Vii: Fat Years Follow the Lean 60
  • Viii: the Birds of Prey 69
  • Ix: Heil Hitler! 77
  • X: Der Führer in Person 84
  • Xi: Observing the War Machine in Action 96
  • Xii: Lessons Learned from the Enemy 112
  • Xiii: More Lessons from the Enemy 120
  • Xiv: the Westwall 132
  • Xv: Bottlenecks 138
  • Xvi: Hitler's Headaches 149
  • Xvii: is There Another Germany? 161
  • Xviii: the Relapse into Barbarism 177
  • Xix: the Secret Press Instructions 191
  • Xx: the Battle of Words 197
  • Xxi: Shaping a People's Mind 208
  • Xxii: the War of Nerves 218
  • Xxiii: the Foreign Press Gets into Trouble 226
  • Xxiv: Sugared Bread and the Whip 234
  • Xxv: Fishing in Troubled Waters 244
  • Xxvi: A Better Place to Live In 253
  • Xxvii: An Abrupt End to a Long Stay 262
  • Xxviii: What Can Topple Hitler? 272
  • Index 281
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