By Franz Neumann

During the second one international battle, 3 in demand contributors of the Frankfurt School--Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, and Otto Kirchheimer--worked as intelligence analysts for the place of work of Strategic prone, the wartime forerunner of the CIA. This e-book brings jointly their most crucial intelligence experiences on Nazi Germany, so much of them released the following for the 1st time.

These stories supply a clean point of view on Hitler's regime and the second one global battle, and a desirable window on Frankfurt tuition serious idea. They advance an in depth research of Nazism as a social and financial system and the position of anti-Semitism in Nazism, in addition to a coherent plan for the reconstruction of postwar Germany as a democratic political procedure with a socialist economic climate. those experiences performed an important function within the improvement of postwar Allied coverage, together with denazification and the training of the Nuremberg Trials. in addition they demonstrate how wartime intelligence research formed the highbrow agendas of those 3 very important German-Jewish students who fled Nazi persecution sooner than the war.

Secret stories on Nazi Germany encompasses a foreword by way of Raymond Geuss in addition to a entire basic creation through Raffaele Laudani that places those writings in old and highbrow context.

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In fact, the Nazi regime favored and accentuated the process of monopolistic concentration, reinforcing the power of industrial potentates and weakening the position of the middle and working classes. Thus, while the capitalist system hadn’t lost its internal dynamism, and profit was still “the energy that motivated expansion,” with the end of market autonomy implied in the monopolization process, a totalitarian political power was now required. In Kirchheimer and Marcuse’s explanation, the Nazis’ rise to power was neither the result of a social revolution that qualitatively changed the relationships of production in capitalist society, nor a simple restoration of the status quo ante the Weimar Republic.

104 The Frankfurt group’s marginalization in Justice Jackson’s team was coupled with a more general marginalization of the OSS, which itself was closed by President Truman shortly thereafter, in October 1945. S-­USSR collaboration, the strategic importance of which the Frankfurt group had insisted upon numerous times, Marcuse and Kirchheimer were transferred to the State Department. “You will have heard,” writes Marcuse bitterly in a letter to Max Horkheimer on April 6, 1946, “that the State Department’s Research and Intelligence Division has come under fierce attack for alleged communist tendencies.

In the Nazis’ own theoretical interpretation the Führerprinzip implied a concept of responsibility that was wider than that normally accepted in Western legal systems, extending all the way to include the objective responsibility of the commander for the acts of his subordinates even when they are not the result of any specific order. e. Western democracies, italics in original] consider as war crimes, they would indeed have to answer for what has actually been done in accordance with their own standards and policies.

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