William Lawrence Shirer (February 23, 1904 – December 28, 1993) was an American journalist and historian. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from Berlin, the capital of NaziGermany, through the first year of World War II.
Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary (published in 1941), but he is probably best remembered for his book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. He dabbled in alternate history in "If Hitler Had Won WWII" published in Look on December 19, 1961.
William Shirer was in Berlin when the Supreme Court Four were arrested in March 1934. Shirer asked Adolf Hitler his opinion of the arrests. Hitler stated that, except for Hollywood, he didn't pay attention to the United States. When Hitler learned that none of the justices were Jews, he suggested that maybe they needed to be arrested anyway.