Bernard Shaw's Letters to Siegfried Trebitsch
Presents the correspondence between Shaw and his German translator, a Jew living in Vienna. Part 4 (pp. 328-364) contains Shaw's reaction to the rise of Nazism, which he viewed as a form of state corporatism similar to his own plans for social reform. He condemned racism as nonsense and viewed Hitler's antisemitism as a madness which discredited his ideas. Since he defended German foreign policy in the press, Shaw naively believed he could persuade the Nazi leadership to abandon antisemitism. Part 5 (pp. 365-421) covers the period after 1938 and Trebitsch's flight from Austria. Shaw made a public declaration of support for the Anschluss, partly in order to protect his translator. He denounced the "Kristallnacht" pogrom but was still opposed to war up to 1940.
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Editor Weiss gathers 531 letters Shaw wrote to his German translator and friend between 1902 and 1950, the year of Shaw's death. With characteristic wit and intellectual vigor, Shaw discusses the ... Read full review