Books: From Hitler's Army

BEYOND DEFEAT (312 pp.)—Hans Richter—Putnam ($3).

From Germany, after World War I, came some of the most memorable of all accounts of that war (The Case of Sergeant Grischa, All Quiet on the Western Front, etc.). Beyond Defeat is no Grischa or All Quiet, but it is the first of the German World War II novels to reach the U.S., and as such it is an important book.

Author Hans Richter, 42, an anti-Nazi who was drafted into Hitler's army, was captured at Cassino and shipped off to a prison camp in the U.S. In its glowering animosity to Naziism and its painful...

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