Books: Testimony of the Shipwrecked

EXILED IN PARADISE by Anthony Heilbut; Viking; 506 pages; $20 STRANGERS IN PARADISE by John Russell Taylor; Holt, Rinehart& Winston 256 pages; $16.95

Of all the waves of immigrants that have landed on American shores since the Pilgrims, the German refugees who fled from Hitler in the 1930s may qualify as the best and the brightest. An entire civilization could be reconstructed from the writers, artists, musicians, philosophers and scientists in their desperate ranks.

Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht were among the most gifted writers of their time. Artist Max Ernst made surrealism accessible...

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