Books: The Invaders

THE TEMPERING OF RUSSIA—Ilya Ehrenburg—Knopf ($3).

As a sample of Russian propaganda, written at white heat, this savage account of Nazi savageries, by the famed correspondent of the Soviet Army's Red Star, is vastly and violently impressive. As an expression of Russian hatred of Germans, it is appalling.

Ehrenburg's most impassioned reports are purportedly based on diaries and letters taken from German corpses and prisoners. Some of these writings are arrogant, some bestial, some pathetic—but to Correspondent Ehrenburg they are one & all evidence of an utterly "brutalized" culture led by "an epileptic and...

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