Tuesday, May 13, 2008

They Thought They Were Free

The Germans, 1933-45

Excerpt from pages 166-73 of "They Thought They Were Free" First published in 1955

By Milton Mayer

But Then It Was Too Late

"What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

I hope you have the time to read the full excerpt, as can be attested by the Reichsmarschall. Sometimes the dead can speak more clearly than the living.

Why, of course the people don't want war ... but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

- Hermann Goering

April 8, 2003
It Can't Happen Here
by Richard L. Clinton in The Oregonian

Two old friends of mine -- a Jewish couple in their 80s, both retired university professors who fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and eventually became U.S. citizens -- made a stunning remark to me a few months ago: "You know, all our lives we have blamed our parents and our parents' generation for allowing Hitler to gain control. Now we're beginning to see how powerless they must have felt to stop what was happening all around them."

Read Full Article on Common Dreams


But of course, that was then and this is now, right? Indeed...

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- The Liberty Crew

United Native America



sky said...

Namaste' dear soul! I swear I have rented every doc. movie ever made and read every book I could read on this topic, just to try and wrap my brain around something that seemed so non sensical and lunatical to me.

All my life I heard lest we forget, it can happen again.I truly believe these words. But I also have come to realize even if we don't forget, it can still happen again. :0( Thus is the human condition.

You posted a lot of information I got through 3/4's of it and will go through the rest.


Walter said...

You are a sweetheart Sky