Books: From Steel to Faith

ON THE MARBLE CLIFFS (120 pp.)—Ernst Juenger— New Directions ($2.50).

Future historians of 20th Century totalitarianism will puzzle over this paradox: the most effective anti-Nazi novel (On the Marble Cliffs) published in Germany during Hitler's reign was written by a prominent Nazi writer.

In the '20s, while Hitler drilled his bullies, Ernst Juenger greased their path to power with his doctrine of total nihilism. Rejecting both traditional Christian and humanist values, he expressed the kind of diseased fascination with violence that led Germany's rootless youth into the Führer's ranks. "All Freedom, all Greatness, all...

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