Attached is an eyewitness report that must have, no doubt, seemed shocking to your average American magazine reader from 1950 and it announced that there was a resurgence of Nazism springing anew from the rubble of post-war Germany.
Filed from Berlin by the respected American journalist William Shirer (1904 – 1993: author of Berlin Diary
and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich), he read the findings of a German opinion poll revealing that
• A majority of Germans tended to hold that Nazism was good, when properly administered.
• Antisemitism was rapidly assuming its customary place within German society.
• War guilt was largely non-existent and Nazi publications were rolling off the smaller presses with predictable regularity.
Shirer also reported that unrepentant, senior Nazis like Max Amann were getting out of prison, expecting to wield the power they once enjoyed as one of Hitler's yes-men.
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