Uniquely Horrible

Michael Howard

  • The Wages of Guilt by Ian Buruma
    Cape, 330 pp, £17.99, June 1994, ISBN 0 224 03138 4

After the First World War Germany was compelled by the victorious Allies to accept full responsibility for the war, and in consequence to pay all the costs. In spite of the work of Fritz Fischer and his associates, few historians would now claim that this was fair. To the German people at the time it seemed outrageous. Their outrage was to be a major element in the revanchism so ably exploited by Hitler in his rise to power, and in the remorse that paralysed so much of British enlightened opinion when it came to dealing with him.

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