When my friends David and Cindy Goldenberg read my review of Andrew Nagorski’s Hitlerland,about Americans in Germany watching the rise of the Third Reich, they decided to dig out this postcard someone sent Cindy’s grandfather in June of 1938. It reads:
Well I’m here and enjoying visit very much. It’s
a Great Country, every body is busy, happy and
contented, haven’t noticed anything like suffering,
though everyone is saving and building for a
United and greater Germany. Saw Adolph Hitler yesterday—
what a Man, serious but friendly-and the people are all with him.
Sure miss Cal sunshine, it’s been cold and cloudy here—
This was just the kind of naive assessment — and approval — that American foreign correspondents in Berlin had to fight against at the time. Four months later, Hitler rolled into Czechoslovakia without firing a shot. Five months later, Kristallnacht.
Who Bill was, we don’t know. How Coy Moses felt, we can only guess.