Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Nazi Conscience

by Claudia Koonz, Duke University - I'm enjoying it immensely.

"Attired in a white shirt, tie, and black suit with a discreet swastika lapel pin, Chancellor Hitler fulminated about hostile foreign powers, the Bolshevik menace, cultural decline, and spineless liberals." (p. 31)

"...unremitting efforts to frighten the neutral voting masses into support of the Nazi regime, resulted in a bare 51 percent majority for the anti-democratic coalition." (p. 36 - requoted from "Hitler in Power", New York Times, March 7, 1933).

"On the night of February 27-28, 1933, a terrorist attack set the Reichstag ablaze. Headlines called it the first stage of a Communist revolution. Acting on Hitler's 'advice' and with cabinet approval, President Hindenburg suspended civil rights. Nazi newspapers called for 'hard hammer blows' against 'the criminal Communist hand' that caused the fire. Hitler condemned the 'dastardly attack' and praised the 'self-sacrificing firemen' who saved the Reichstag from total destruction." (p. 33-34)


MeanMrMustard said...

So, what exactly are you saying about Mr. Bush -- I mean, Herr Hitler?

Scooter said...

Sheer coincidence. I was just expressing my interest in the book and quoting parts I thought people might enjoy. Any resemblance to subjects currently living and holding high office is unintentional.