Books: Life Under the Swastika

THE 12-YEAR REICH: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF NAZI GERMANY, 1933-1945 by Richard Grunberger. 535 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $10.

In The Course of German History, Britain's A.J.P. Taylor advanced the debatable argument that Germany has always carried with it a special kind of doom, and that the horrors of Third Reich totalitarianism were utterly consistent with the nation's past. Now, in The 12-Year Reich, Richard Grunberger draws a chilling corollary: Hitler's accession in 1933, he contends, wrought no sudden or serious changes in the daily life and social institutions of Germany....

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