Note 001
by Joachim C. Fest

1 See Werner Stephan, Joseph Goebbels, Damon einer Diktatur. The very real interest that the phenomenon of the Propaganda Minister always aroused is shown by the fact that more accounts have appeared about him than about any other leading figure of the Third Reich except Hitler. Of particular note are: Curt Riess; Joseph Goebbels: The Devil's Advocate (New York, 1948; London, 1949); Boris von Borresholm, ed., Dr Goebbels, Nach Aufzeichnungen aus seiner Umgebung (Berlin, 1949); Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, Dr Goebbels, His Life and Death (New York and London, 1960). The value of the last work, however, is strongly impaired by the extreme inaccuracy of the quotations; single remarks especially from Goebbels' diaries are not only garbled but have even had the opposite construction put on them. Helmut Heiber, Joseph Goebbels is the best and most well-founded account of this man. Two contemporary biographies are Willi Krause's Reichsminister Dr Goebbels (Berlin, n.d.), and Max Jungnickel's Goebbels. Exceedingly illuminating if not to be unhesitatingly recommended are the diaries of two intimate colleagues of the minister: Rudolf Semmler, Goebbels - the Man next to Hitler, and Wilfried von Oven, Mit Goebbels bis zum Ende (Buenos Aires, 1949-50).

From Chapter 7, Joseph Goebbels , Part 2 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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