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ZGram: Where Truth is Destiny

February 18, 2000

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

Noontide Press has just republished a great book by Lothrop Stoddard.

Here are the details:


First suppressed, then forgotten for sixty years -- now, available once again from the Noontide Press!

Lothrop Stoddard's Into the Darkness: A Sympathetic Report from Hitler's Wartime Reich

Twentieth-century America's most perceptive, influential, and prophetic writer on race -- Lothrop Stoddard -- spent four months in late 1939-early 1940 covering National Socialist Germany, as its leaders and its people girded for total war. Stoddard criss-crossed the Third Reich to observe nearly every aspect of its political, social, economic, and military life, and he talked with men and women from all walks of life, from Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels to taxi drivers and chambermaids.

The result -- Into the Darkness -- is not only a classic of World War II reportage, but a unique evaluation of Germany's National Socialist experiment. For Stoddard was no ordinary journalist. A Harvard Ph.D in history, the author of The Rising Tide of Color and other works that played a key role in the enactment of America's 1924 immigration act, fluent in German and deeply versed in European politics and culture, Stoddard brought to Into the Darkness a sophistication and a sympathy impossible for William Shirer and a myriad of other journalistic hacks.

To be sure, the New England Yankee Stoddard was no supporter of the Hitler dictatorship, but he was deeply interested in National Socialist policies, above all in the social and the racial sphere. Reading Into the Darkness brings you to hearings before a German eugenics court, to an ancestral farm in Westphalia, to the headquarters of the National Labor Service, to German markets, factories, medical clinics, and welfare offices, as keenly observed and analyzed by Stoddard. You'll read, too, of Stoddard's conversations with German policy makers in all fields: Hans F. K. Guenther and Fritz Lenz on race and eugenics; Walther Darré on agriculture; Robert Ley on labor; Gertrud Scholz-Klink on women in the Third Reich; General Alexander Löhr on the Luftwaffe's Polish campaign, as well as Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels and many other leaders. And you'll travel with Stoddard to Slovakia, where he interviews Monsignor Tiso, the national leader later put to death by the Communists, and to Hungary, where the Magyars, still at peace, gaze apprehensively at Soviet Russia.

Into the Darkness (so named from the mandatory air-defense blackout that Stoddard found so vexing) shines a torch of sanity and truth against the vituperation of all things National Socialist that has been practically obligatory for the past sixty years. Knowledgeable, urbane, skeptical, and above all fair, Stoddard's book is a unique, an indispensable historical document, a time capsule for truth, and a stimulating page-turner for everyone interested in the Third Reich and the German people.

Into The Darkness, by Lothrop Stoddard Quality softcover. 311 pages. New Introduction, Index, (#0123) 13.95 (2.50 shipping) (California sales must include 1.08 sales tax)

Order from:

Noontide Press

PO Box 2719

Newport Beach, CA 92659

fax (949) 631-0981

Cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

-- Greg Raven (ihr@ihr.org)



Thought for the Day:

Most of you are probably aware of this, but the current Olympic symbol of the interlocking rings was devised by the Germans for the '36 games. Like every other invention they owned, it was stolen from them at the close of WWII and exploited to the financial hilt by the looters. I mean victors. Bayer bought back its copyright for the aspirin a year or two ago for $100,000,000. But don't let this give you the idea that the war had anything seriously to do with economics.

(David Thomas, Cyber Activist)

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