Note 054
by Joachim C. Fest

54 Stephan, Joseph Goebbels. His rather abrupt switch to the anti-Semitic side is documented for the first time in the collection of essays Die Zweite Revolution. Perhaps the inner party circle never quite forgave Goebbels for having been one of Friedrich Gundolf's students. Perhaps the fact that his wife, Magda Quandt, had been brought up in a Jewish household after her mother married a Jewish salesman was also held against him. Goebbels himself later boasted that 'once Berlin is free of Jews' one of his 'greatest political achievements' would have been accomplished (The Goebbels Diaries, entry for 18th April 1943).

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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