By Melita Maschmann,Marianne Schweitzer Burkenroad,Helen Epstein,Geoffrey Strachan

Account Rendered was once first released in Germany in 1963 as Fazit: Kein Rechtfertigungsversuch or Account Rendered: No try at justification. Maschmann wrote to Hannah Arendt that her reason in penning this memoir used to be to aid her former Nazi colleagues take into consideration their activities, and to aid others “better comprehend” why humans like her have been attracted to Hitler.

Written as a letter to an unnamed Jewish woman, this memoir info the trajectory of a socially-conscious, well-educated, middle-class woman as she joins the Hitler adolescence, supervises the eviction of Polish farmers from their land and works within the excessive echelons of Nazi press and propaganda. Maschmann used to be arrested in 1945, on the age of 27, accomplished crucial de-Nazification and have become a contract journalist.

This book variation encompasses a new advent explaining how the Publishers pointed out Maschmann’s highschool Jewish buddy, Marianne Schweitzer Burkenroad, born in 1918 and now dwelling in California. In an afterword, she recounts for the 1st time her friendship with Maschmann and her reactions to Account Rendered.

“[Account Rendered is an] vital record of its time [...] i've got the impact that you're absolutely honest, differently I wouldn’t have written again to you.” — letter from Hannah Arendt to Melita Maschmann

“There weren’t loads of books through former Nazis within the Sixties. i discovered in [Account Rendered] an individual who were overtaken by means of background, was once suffering to make feel of what now not made feel, and to appreciate why it had as soon as performed so. In different books, the Jews have been an abstraction. For Maschmann, the Jews have been buddies and acquaintances, which complex the method of dehumanization that she participated in. The memoir appeared plausible and sincere in ways in which different stories from the defeated did not.” — Arthur Samuelson, former Editor-in-Chief, Schocken Books

“Melita Maschmann’s candid [book], sub-titled ‘No test at justification,’ is a important research of the political seduction of younger zeal” — Der Spiegel

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