Reviews December 1996 Germans in the Dock By Curtis Cate The cataclysm came—in the form of the diabolical Reichstag fire and the rigged elections of early March 1933. But by then it was too late to do anything but flee. For those, at least, who had the means to do so. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Curtis Cate The late Curtis Cate was the author of The Ides of August, devoted to the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961.