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Reader recommendation: Frauen

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By Kenneth Scallon, Nassau, N.Y. / October 4, 2013

I just finished Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich by Alison Owings. Published in 1993, this landmark book took about 10 years of interviews at all levels of German society by its German-speaking author to cover a subject that had, up until that time, hardly been touched. We may assume we know what these women thought, but this book offers a disturbing panorama that demonstrates how all too easily a whole society slipped into the abyss. It gives one pause to think about where we are here in America and our role in society.

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