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Secret Reports on Nazi GermanyThe Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort$
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Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kirchheimer, and Raffaele Laudani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134130

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134130.001.0001

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Possible Political Changes in Nazi Germany in the Near Future

Possible Political Changes in Nazi Germany in the Near Future

(August 10,1943)

(p.31) 2 Possible Political Changes in Nazi Germany in the Near Future
Secret Reports on Nazi Germany

Herbert Marcuse

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the possibility that there would be political changes in Nazi Germany in the near future. The report states that it was not certain that the German ruling groups had come to realize that World War II was militarily lost. If military measures did not offer an escape from certain military defeat, the only hope of Germany was in the field of politics. The chapter continues that it may not be an exaggeration to maintain that the political aspects of the war will henceforth lead to overshadow military operations, which would lead inexorably to the ultimate destruction of the German military machine. The problem is therefore what political activities the German government would pursue in order to avoid utter political and military defeat. The chapter examines the possible appointment of a triumvirate—composed of Wilhelm Keitel, Karl Doenitz and Hermann Göring—as a first step toward future political changes in Nazi Germany.

Keywords:   political changes, Nazi Germany, World War II, politics, German military, Wilhelm Keitel, Karl Doenitz, Hermann Göring

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