Books: Deutschland

OFF LIMITS (466 pp.)—Hans Habe—Frederick Fell ($4.95).

This book might have borrowed its title more appropriately from Noel Coward's World War II ditty, Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans. Though Novelist Habe (real name: Jean Bekessy) is Hungarian-born, he peddles the familiar made-in-Germany apologia that most Germans were as innocent as the children of Hamelin town, and that only the wicked Pied Piper of Berchtesgaden seduced them into evil ways. More surprising. Novelist Habe, who rose to the rank of major in the U.S. Army, was decorated, and served with the occupation forces,...

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