They Thought They Were Free – The Germans, 1933-45

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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 not 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.

“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

“You will understand me when I say that my Middle High German was my life. It was all I cared about. I was a scholar, a specialist. Then, suddenly, I was plunged into all the new activity, as the university was drawn into the new situation; meetings, conferences, interviews, ceremonies, and, above all, papers to be filled out, reports, bibliographies, lists, questionnaires. And on top of that were the demands in the community, the things in which one had to, was ‘expected to’ participate that had not been there or had not been important before. It was all rigmarole, of course, but it consumed all one’s energies, coming on top of the work one really wanted to do. You can see how easy it was, then, not to think about fundamental things. One had no time.”

“Those,” I said, “are the words of my friend the baker. ‘One had no time to think. There was so much going on.’”

“Your friend the baker was right,” said my colleague. “The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway. I do not speak of your ‘little men,’ your baker and so on; I speak of my colleagues and myself, learned men, mind you. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. Unconsciously, I suppose, we were grateful. Who wants to think?

“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

“How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Frankly, I do not know. I do not see, even now. Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done, by ordinary men or even by extraordinary men? Things might have. And everyone counts on that might.

“Your ‘little men,’ your Nazi friends, were not against National Socialism in principle. Men like me, who were, are the greater offenders, not because we knew better (that would be too much to say) but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late.”

“Yes,” I said.

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

“Uncertainty is a very important factor, and, instead of decreasing as time goes on, it grows. Outside, in the streets, in the general community, ‘everyone’ is happy. One hears no protest, and certainly sees none. You know, in France or Italy there would be slogans against the government painted on walls and fences; in Germany, outside the great cities, perhaps, there is not even this. In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

“And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.

“But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off in little organizations, and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to—to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

“But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked—if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in ’43 had come immediately after the ‘German Firm’ stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in ’33. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.

“And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.

“You have gone almost all the way yourself. Life is a continuing process, a flow, not a succession of acts and events at all. It has flowed to a new level, carrying you with it, without any effort on your part. On this new level you live, you have been living more comfortably every day, with new morals, new principles. You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things that your father, even in Germany, could not have imagined.

“Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing). You remember those early meetings of your department in the university when, if one had stood, others would have stood, perhaps, but no one stood. A small matter, a matter of hiring this man or that, and you hired this one rather than that. You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair.

“What then? You must then shoot yourself. A few did. Or ‘adjust’ your principles. Many tried, and some, I suppose, succeeded; not I, however. Or learn to live the rest of your life with your shame. This last is the nearest there is, under the circumstances, to heroism: shame. Many Germans became this poor kind of hero, many more, I think, than the world knows or cares to know.”

I said nothing. I thought of nothing to say.

“I can tell you,” my colleague went on, “of a man in Leipzig, a judge. He was not a Nazi, except nominally, but he certainly wasn’t an anti-Nazi. He was just—a judge. In ’42 or ’43, early ’43, I think it was, a Jew was tried before him in a case involving, but only incidentally, relations with an ‘Aryan’ woman. This was ‘race injury,’ something the Party was especially anxious to punish. In the case at bar, however, the judge had the power to convict the man of a ‘nonracial’ offense and send him to an ordinary prison for a very long term, thus saving him from Party ‘processing’ which would have meant concentration camp or, more probably, deportation and death. But the man was innocent of the ‘nonracial’ charge, in the judge’s opinion, and so, as an honorable judge, he acquitted him. Of course, the Party seized the Jew as soon as he left the courtroom.”

“And the judge?”

“Yes, the judge. He could not get the case off his conscience—a case, mind you, in which he had acquitted an innocent man. He thought that he should have convicted him and saved him from the Party, but how could he have convicted an innocent man? The thing preyed on him more and more, and he had to talk about it, first to his family, then to his friends, and then to acquaintances. (That’s how I heard about it.) After the ’44 Putsch they arrested him. After that, I don’t know.”

I said nothing.

“Once the war began,” my colleague continued, “resistance, protest, criticism, complaint, all carried with them a multiplied likelihood of the greatest punishment. Mere lack of enthusiasm, or failure to show it in public, was ‘defeatism.’ You assumed that there were lists of those who would be ‘dealt with’ later, after the victory. Goebbels was very clever here, too. He continually promised a ‘victory orgy’ to ‘take care of’ those who thought that their ‘treasonable attitude’ had escaped notice. And he meant it; that was not just propaganda. And that was enough to put an end to all uncertainty.

“Once the war began, the government could do anything ‘necessary’ to win it; so it was with the ‘final solution of the Jewish problem,’ which the Nazis always talked about but never dared undertake, not even the Nazis, until war and its ‘necessities’ gave them the knowledge that they could get away with it. The people abroad who thought that war against Hitler would help the Jews were wrong. And the people in Germany who, once the war had begun, still thought of complaining, protesting, resisting, were betting on Germany’s losing the war. It was a long bet. Not many made it.”

Stellvertretender Reichskommissar für Kultur und öffentliche Onanie Greenwood could not be reached for comment.

46 responses to “They Thought They Were Free – The Germans, 1933-45

  1. comeandmakeit

    God how much that sounds like today…

    Only thing now, no one is coming to save us from ourselves.

    • Milton Sanford Mayer (August 24, 1908 – April 20, 1986), a journalist and educator, was best known for his long-running column in The Progressive magazine, founded by Robert Marion LaFollette, Sr in Madison, Wisconsin.

      Why does WRS post anything from a leftist Jew like this?

  2. Why focus here instead of Jewish Bolshevism that is still oppressing today and the front for multi cultural ism?

    • If you were not so obsessed with your NSDAP shtick (see what I did there?), you’d understand that the same creeping acceptance of evil goes on whether the shirt is Brown or Red.

      • While it is true that NSDAP and Bolshevism are philosophical littermate, the Jews who were the dominant group in the Bolshevik movement did, in fact, set out to murder as many Christians as they could manage.

        All together, they murdered at least 70 million Christians, perhaps more.

        Beyond that, the Rothchilds are still fomenting war between Christian factions, Ukraine being the current one. Both sides, doing the bleeding, are groups of Orthodox Christians. The president of the Kiev junta, and that’s exactly what it is, was put into power by the EU/Rothchilds. Remember, all banking in Europe is run by the Rothchilds, anyone that thinks that’s not true hasn’t done their homework. Further, we know that the Rothchilds at least helped to set up the Federal Reserve, and have controlling interest in it today, they’re pushing the US government to support their actions in Ukraine.

        Many don’t like to read or hear of “it’s the Jews” when discussing international politics, but the facts are available for all to learn, if they choose, or not.

        I, for one, do not hold NSDAP and its leader, one Adolf Hitler, as a brilliant answer to the Rothchild bankers and so forth, however they/he did understand who they were and attempted to wash them out of their economic system. Like all collectivists, they used the wrong methodology.

        Bring back the Justinian Code for dealing with the problems of “the tribe” and some things will be ended.

  3. HarshReality

    “But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. ”

    What if there never is a ‘tripwire’?

  4. Wow……I like the line about “hate and fear”. Hate and fear are mother’s milk to our current leaders of both parties. All you see in the news today is hate of this group or that person and fear of this group or that person…..astonishing.

  5. Bill Harzia

    What the Nazis did in 25 years, America has been doing since WWI. There’s a book out called The Great Influenza that deals with the Spanish Flu of 1918. It details the government’s response to it in the middle of whipping up support for The War To End All Wars®, which includes many of the steps stated above.

    We are no better than them, apparently. Are we, Herr Kommisar Greenwood?

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  7. Evidently, by some of the comments here, there has been success with the propaganda the regime is putting out, vis a vis “The Jews”. Pat, I don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, but the whole Rothchilds and banks thing was made up, of whole cloth, back in the sixties, by some of the budding characters in the Nazi Party America, who had had breathless conversations with some of the Third Reichs’ ex-pats who got to America by hook (govt.) or crook, (not really closely screened by immigration). To be sure, the big fish of the Third Reich either got hanged, took off for South America, or successfully hid out where ever. But a whole lot of them there middle-manager-just-below-Gauleiter-status wound up here, and they did an admirable job (in their eyes) of protecting each other, and of course, sowing in the wind their slop brand of “The Jews did it”. Don’t forget the blind eye used in regards to the scrutiny not used on von Braun et al, and the fact that he enabled a lot of “scientists” to shelter under his wing at NASA, and bask in the Florida sun, as they casually related the “facts” on the Jews to all and sundry around those swimming pools. Research and back track to the original authors of that stuff, and YOU will SEE that I am right, just like you believe you are right, fed on a diet of stuff no one outside Nazi Party writings believes. Can’t really help you if you’re convinced (indoctrinated), that’s something you’ll have to decide yourself. There’s a Reformed Synagogue not far from where I live. The message board is usually replete with congrats for young peoples bar mitzvahs and things like that. Why don’t they just drop the charade, storm Wells Fargo, set up a govt., and get busy dragooning everyone into the New Israel? Because they’re busy with lechaim, you know, life. That’s their message, lechaim. Your message seems bent on death. Ever see that near end part of The Outlaw Josey Wales, where Clint has that weird conversation on the plain with the Indian Chief? I don’t even know any of the people in that congregation, but if some one makes a move on them, the message in my pistols will definitely be death. I wonder what you would do, confronted with the fact of jews being attacked for no reason. Do you see where you are sitting right now?

    • Sean:

      It would be very helpful to have references for your statement above re Team Red Shield.

    • How many of the men at the meeting in Georgia in 1913 which set up the US Federal Reserve had Jewish family backgrounds? A minority. Most were English and “American”. The Rothchilds and the Warburgs were European Jewish central banking family dynasties, just look at the estate houses they built; on the other hand, Jews were not allowed into WASP country clubs until recently. Some Jews (Jesus) opposed central bankers (the money changers in the temple). A very small number of Jews are central bankers, and a very large number are not. These are different groups, kingmakers and ordinary folks, who do not intermix. Do not blame the large group for the faults of the small group.

      Do not commit the sin of envy at the success of Jewish middleman businessmen. These honorable occupations are necessary for trade to work, and they have nothing to do with central banking. Your Christian schooling has taught you to hate the free trade and successful business which makes you free.

      • You just blew your whole argument right out of the water with your last sentence… You spoke against labeling someone and then you said your Christian schooling taught you to hate free trade…Shaking my head…My kids have learned more about free trade in their Christian School than they ever had in a Gov.School…I think maybe you should practice what you preach Anon…

        • Small subgroup: Jewish central bankers, Christian free traders. Large subgroup: Jews who are not central bankers, Christians who are not free traders. I’m saying don’t believe the large subgroup acts like the small, that’s prejudice. You’re saying the opposite: don’t believe the small subgroup acts like the large, that’s stereotyping. Prejudice and stereotyping are different.

          • Ahhh but that’s all on your assumptions not facts…How do you know what percentage of free traders are Christians and how many bankers are Jews…Until you show me provable facts on that matter your just blowing smoke…

    • The problem with your assertion, Sean, is that is has no basis in fact.

      As we know, Janey Yellen is, in fact, the third Rothschild appointee for the Chairmanship of the FedRes, you have a tough row to hoe to assert otherwise.

      The reality is, Sean is nothing more than a dupe for the real things going on. It’s too bad that that is true, but it is true.

    • What would Jews do if one of our churches was being attacked? You feel unity with them and you assume they feel the same towards you. But you’re wrong, they don’t. There are hundred of Europeans in prison at any given time for questioning the Holocaust. Your Chosen People want to bring those same Hate Crime Laws to America – the Constitution be damned.

      • Aw, you see what you want to see. I see post after post on facebook from Jews squawking about the Christian genocide AND articles about Israelis trying to do something about it. But of course you’ll say they’re all lies. Everyone lies but the racists…that’s the theory, isn’t it? Pick and choose the facts, right?

        I’m no friend of Israel getting the loot from me, not any more than anyone else. This may come as a shock to you, but the Catholics get a boatload too. For that matter, so do the Muslims. Loot is loot and a collectivist is a collectivist. FWIW I don’t give a shit what you think and you should interact with whomever you wish and not interact with whomever you don’t, for whatever crazy reason you can concoct. Rightful Liberty.

        There’s nothing but individuals out there and that’s all there is to it. A bunch of individuals, no matter what they call themselves or how many they are, is just that too…a bunch of individuals. The whole foundation of Collectivism is pretending that they’re something else. You see through so much; why not see through that? Whatever the answer, it’s on you.

  8. Can we now get out of “it’s the Jews” territory, and just deal with the mess at hand? My family on my mother’s side was German-Lutheran & Catholic. Some were already US citizens, others were still High German. If the Jews were setting up Germany to overtake it, they fxxked up badly! Seems to me, if the Jews owned all the gold in Germany, old Hitler boy (who was actually Austrian) would have wanted to be their best friend. Just as with today’s current felons: we are talking about beasts with a God-complex who want to dictate from the mount. And only “their” friends are worthy.
    We need to be making our plans for dealing with the future. And yes, the scary part of this article is that it sounds exactly like what is going on right now. I frankly don’t give a good GD if you are Jewish, Christian, atheist, or whatever. Do you really know what liberty and freedom stand for? Are you willing to fight to get it back?

    • Stealth Spaniel:

      Your insistence of focusing on reality than the bugaboo du jour will get you no end of grief.

      Keep on rocking.

      🙂

    • Amen Sister…

    • Germany’s gold was looted after WW1, yet the victors insisted on German currency being based on Gold – thus insuring endless poverty for Germany as it tried to pay back its war debt – the price of defeat. Hitler threw all of this away. A Nation’s wealth is ultimately the brains, brawn, and character of its people. Thus they created their own currency backed by these – leaving the bankers out in the cold. If they needed something from overseas, say Wheat from Argentina, they bartered for it with Steal – leaving the Banker middlemen out of the equation. And how they did prosper! Even enemies admit the economic miracle of Nazi Germany. That was the real reason for WW2: Germany had to be crushed before more Nations staring imitating their winning system leaving the Banker Parasites to wither on the vine.

      • Do you have picture of yourself in your zombie Nazi cheerleader outfit?

        I am putting up avatars for all of the pro-collectivist commenters and thought you should have creative input.

        And your use of supporting documentation to prove your assertions?

        Masterful.

        • Do some research. Nazi Germany didn’t have gold. Why would they base their currency on something they didn’t have anymore? Got logic?

          I’m not a “Nazi” btw. Just an American who believes in National Socialism
          for America. Lindbergh, Fr Coughlin, Eugene Debbes, Ezra Pound – guys like that. Also like Catholic Economics a la Rerum Novarum and making systems as local as possible.

          During the “sitzkrieg”, Nazi agents posing as German Resistance contacted British agents in Holland. They asked what they should do. They were told: Crush National Socialism, kill Adolf Hitler, and return to the gold standard (slavery in other words).

          Do you think America should return to the gold standard if an audit revealed all our gold has gone missing? That would make you a monster….
          I like to think of you as your avatar suggests, a happy pointy headed guy in a clown suit. You’re the one who brought up Avatars….

          But seriously, do you deny the Nazi economic miracle? That’s common knowledge. How did they do it? I’ll let you do your own leg work – the information is out there. And you will find it congruent with much of traditional Catholic economic thought, both against fiat currency and the gold standard. Also congruent with the Social Credit theories of Douglas.

  9. “Once the war began, the government could do anything ‘necessary’ to win it; ”
    That is the reason the Muslims in 2015 are the Jews of 1935, and Putin is the devil himself.
    Wars excuse all past failures, FDR worked to get the US into WWII.

  10. Un-fucking-believable. Y’know Pat, your beliefs were never any secret but truly, I thought better of you. Justinian Code, eh? Over AMERICA???

    Can there be a soul with even half a wit who doesn’t recognize the battle as being between Individualism and Collectivism? I don’t see how.

    • Are you Jewish? If so, you know that Jews see no contradiction between individual and collective action. Their issue is always, “Is it good for the Jews?” If it’s good for the Jews then it will tend to be good for individual Jews. Bernie Madoff’s sin was that he preyed on his fellow Jews. And Rothschild and Trotsky (Capitalism and Communism) used to have lunch and play chess together. Read Gary Allen’s “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” – you really aren’t even in the game yet.

      • Sheesh, what are you trying to show? If it’s that there are lots of collectivist Jews, then I agree. So what? There are quite a few collectivist Christians too, and Muslims and even atheists. This is supposed to prove something?

        It proves something alright—we’re fucked.

      • And you can bet I had Gary Allen’s book before you even heard of it. Stop guessing and open your eyes already.

        • Then you know Communism is funded by the Bankers. That Communism is a function of Capitalism (in its mature stage) designed to crush the traditional cultures and the middle classes of the Capitalist states. Crush them in the vise, between the jaws of Finance and the enraged lower classes and their Communist masters.

          You may have read it but you didn’t get it. You couldn’t be a Libertarian if you had since Libertarianism just disarms the Government, thus allowing the Banks and Corporations to triumph. True Patriots would seek to take back the Government not get get rid of it.

          Maybe Gary didn’t get it either. Don’t know.

          • You and I mean very different things by “Capitalism,” so no point arguing semantics. Crush them in the vise? The people you mean? Okay. See, no problem.

            But lemme tell you something about this claim—“disarms the Government, thus allowing the Banks and Corporations to triumph.” You’re wrong. They can’t do shit without YOU. Take away the force of arms and they have nothing you don’t give them. Can’t sell without a buyer.

            So all you’re really saying is that without Govco to protect you and make you feel safe, you don’t think you can live without the Banks and Corporations. Well alright if that’s the way it is for you, but don’t pretend it’s something else.

            And don’t pretend it’s gotta be that way for anyone else.

  11. I’m not defending Pat’s comments, but after reading his “screed”(heh) I wondered if he also comments on zerohedge. 😉

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  13. I liked the article, it was informative.
    Then the comments started and the only “good” I can see is freedom of speech. Racism applied to whole races, always ignoring individuals.
    Soros is a Nazi, was a Jew…so All Jews are Nazis, and Communists at the same time because of the Rosenbergs. Throw in the Blacks, Illegals, Criminals, ProgreSSives, Muslims and assorted Wackos; Stir well into a lather, collapse the economy, start a few foreign wars………
    Frisky doesn’t even come close to the melee coming, just shoot everyone that you don’t like or approve of until the smoke clears, then club the survivors……. Whew, is anyone even pretending to be sane?
    Are the Bilderbergers in your neighborhood? Are you going to be able to even yell at one? Focus about 100 to 800 yards out and pray you can even have “a say” in that world.

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