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Why do traitors do it? A new book reveals the thinking behind wartime betrayal

This startlingly vivid book about the British men who ended up working for Hitler is haunted by an uncomfortable question

By Jay Elwes   July 2017

Traitors: A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit by Josh Ireland (John Murray, £20)

Why do traitors do it? This startlingly vivid book about the British men who ended up working for Hitler, is haunted by that uncomfortable question. Men such as William Joyce, for example, a hard-drinking, Irish-born fascist who possessed a frenzied hatred of Jews and of the British society that, as he saw it, had overlooked his greatness. Having fallen out with Oswald Mosley, Joyce went to Germany to be near the National Socialism he so admired. He was…

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