By Joachim C. Fest

A bestseller in its unique German version and thus translated into greater than a dozen languages, this e-book has turn into a vintage portrait of a guy, a kingdom, and an era.
Translated through Richard and Clara Winston. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

About the Author:
Joachim C. Fest used to be born in Berlin in 1926. After the second one global warfare, within which he served and was once taken prisoner, he joined the radio station RIAS-Berlin, the place he grew to become the top of the dept of up to date historical past. In 1961 he turned the Editor-in-Chief of television for Norddeutscher Rundfunk. he's the writer of 'The Face of the 3rd Reich' (Penguin, 1963) and 'Plotting Hitler's Death' (1996).

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The officers were out to find a demagogue, of whom it could be said that he was a worker. They would cry out to him: Leader, command us, we shall follow. In their class struggle the officers were forced by circumstances to create a workers' army; they found their leader in the lowest mass of their subordinates, and commanded him to command. The spirit of history, in its fantastic mockery, could not have drawn an apter figure. It was the man who had sent his comrades to the slaughterhouse wall after the overthrow of the Munich soviet.

At that time perhaps he felt something akin to consciousness of guilt. He had dodged this diploma, had shunned work, learned nothing, and not even attempted his final school examination, but had regarded himself as an artistic genius, far above hard work and sweat. This was the same mistaken idea of genius that idlers have always had. And this was the punishment. In the judgment of these people, he was no artistic genius. They consoled him, he says, by telling him that he was gifted for architecture — yes, if he had only studied more!

But the lieutenants and captains saw no place for advancement in the tiny army of a hundred thousand men; they saw themselves reduced to the level of armed elite proletarians; many, with no official position at all, marched through the land at the head of mercenary bands, subsidized by heavy industrialists and landowners to protect their factories or estates from the specter of communist revolution. This seemed the end of the lordly life to which the German in- THE ARMED INTELLECTUALS 29 tellectual youth had grown accustomed during the war.

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