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How could the most ed­u­cated and cul­tured na­tion on earth un­leash such a mur­der­ous, bar­barous and geno­ci­dal con­fla­gra­tion as World War II? Why did most Ger­mans— Nazis and non-nazis alike—close ranks around Hitler, even when it be­came clear the war was go­ing to end dis­as­trously? Us­ing count­less di­aries and the let­ters of more than a score of Ger­mans from all walks of life, the author vividly de­picts wartime Ger­many, show­ing how its cit­i­zens lost their moral moor­ing to ac­qui­esce to, or even sup­port, un­speak­able atroc­i­ties.

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