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George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Joseph Goebbels said, “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”
I’ve been watching some history on Netflix: “Adolf Hitler and the Nazis”. It is sometimes unfathomable to me how someone like Adolf Hitler could rise to power. After watching the series though I think I understand. Here are some of the things that led to his taking over Germany:
1. Dissatisfaction with current leadership.
2. Country was angry over a previous war.
3. The country was in financial trouble.
4. The U.S. Stock Market Crash of 1929 led to a global economic crisis and Hitler seized upon everyone’s fears to provide a “solution”.
5. Hitler proposed a socialistic agenda as that solution. (via the National Socialist Party– “Nazis”)
6. He promised sweeping economic reforms where everyone, regardless of economic status would be on equal footing… no more unfair class differentials. Everything would finally be “fair”.
7. He promised to eliminate poverty and hunger and restore Germany’s respect to the world.
8. His blame for the woes of society centered around one or two religious groups (Jews and Christians) Out of the 11 million killed in concentration camps during the Holocaust, 3 million were Jews, 3 million were Christians. One of Hitler’s first orders of duties when he took over was to silence and/or imprison all Pastors and Priests who could exercise any influence that would contradict his agenda. They were among the first imprisoned in Dachau. Most did not survive, either being murdered or dying of starvation and disease. (Source: www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org)
9. He spread his propaganda through a sympathetic media. In many cases the media out and out lied. Any who disagreed with his views were painted as extremists and out of touch with the reality of the average person. They were bullied into silence out of fear of being labeled, exiled, imprisoned, or shot.
10. He seized power through completely legal (although he manipulated and lied his way to get there) methods and convinced a large portion of the German public that if they would simply vote for him, his government would solve all their economic, social, and health issues. The public in Germany, believing the government would solve their problems, abdicated their freedoms in favor of governmental provision, which ultimately never came.
After watching the series, I am left with two quotes from this heinous, evil man and with the hope that we as Americans will wake up:
“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.”– Adolf Hitler
“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.” — Adolf Hitler
German Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was imprisoned in 1938 said:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
If there was ever a time for us to speak up in America, it’s NOW.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin, “Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor”, November 11, 1755