Neoneocon has a new post The Ratcatcher, about the reminiscences of Germans ten years after the war, and how they viewed Hitler then. David Foster, who shows up in my sidebar under Chicagoboyz, is one of the better commenters on the topic.
Two notes: A less well-known book in my personal library The Good Old Days, about German attitudes before the war, is also unsettling. Anytime we see evil people as real we cannot help but see ourselves.
Her reference to the Pied Piper is interesting. The folktale possibly refers to the young people of Germany migrating to Transylvania in the 12th C. So my third and fourth sons may be descended from some of those.