The Hitler Virus by Peter Wyden
The Insidious Legacy of Adolf Hitler

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In spring 1945, as the Russians moved on Berlin and it became clear the Nazi cause was lost, Adolf Hitler assured his most trusted henchmen that even if he were to die, "the seed of National Socialism will grow again one day [in] . . . a radiant rebirth." Several times after the war, the distinguished author Peter Wyden, himself a victim of the Nazis, returned to Germany to discover, to his dismay, that Hitler's prediction was all too true.In these unsettling pages, Wyden documents the reality that the "Hitler virus" is still very much alive. A harrowing companion to Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, this book is Wyden's legacy to the world.

About Peter Wyden

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Peter Wyden was formerly a writer for Newsweek and executive editor of Ladies' Home Journal. For a decade he was the president of Peter Wyden Books, a publishing house specializing in works about psychology and medicine. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Intimate Enemy (with Dr. George R. Bach), Day One: Before Hiroshima and After, and Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story. Born in Berlin, he lives with his wife in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Published May 2, 2001 by Arcade Publishing. 340 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Although Wyden (Stella, 1992, etc.) would love to understand what motivates people to revel in the legacy of Hitler, here he simply tries to delineate the structures that keep his extremism alive in Germany more than half-a-century after his death.

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The virus referred to in the title of this uneven but passionate book is the staying power of Hitler and his ideology, a half-century after the end of WWII.

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