Books: Seduction by the State

THE PARTY (418 pp.)—Rudolph von Abele—Houghton Mifflin ($4.95).

Colonel Steinbaum is a humanitarian. He works for the Third Reich, but he hates it. For one thing, his Jewish mistress has been hauled off to prison. For another, he is sickened by the brutality at the concentration camp where he is stationed. Steinbaum is on the verge of joining an anti-Nazi conspiracy when he makes the mistake of going to a party held by a high Nazi official in an elegant château. The symbol of Nazi Germany, Author von Abele suggests, is not an armed camp or an insane asylum but this...

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