The only part of German history that seems to arouse much interest in the British is the Nazi period. That brutal holiday from the moral restraints under which West European societies normally labour possesses a kind of corrupt glamour for even the most timid and law-abiding. The half-century that has followed Germany’s awakening from the sick dream is thought to be a time of dull respectability….To me, I have to say, that material prosperity, that peacefulness, even that supposed dullness, represents an achievement at which I never cease to marvel or to be moved.

-- Michael Frayn