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Subject: Living in Hitler's Germany, written by someone from Body Snatchers
This was written by a "pod person" from the 1954 movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". If you don't know about these people, watch it here: http://www.ovguide.com/invasion-of-the-body-snatchers-9202a8c04000641f8000000000086b87
While this person was obviously asleep during this time, there were others who were being terrorized. This person's derogatory implication of the Jewish people only accentuates the attitudes of the people at the time. Having lost many generations of my Austrian and Polish relatives to these pods, I do not have much respect for the writer. I agree with those in this forum who rightly warn us NOT to have the attitude of the writer, and who judiciously warn us today about not understanding the past correctly.
Andreas Meyer -
What the report says is basically true. Most Germans , that survived the Allied bombing and ethnic cleansing genocide on them have pretty good memories about the first eight years of Hitlers rule in Germany. That's why all those lies had to be made up and repeated over and over again to re-educate and "denazify" the Germans.
It is truly astonishing how the human brain tends to forget the gory details and retain the glorious bits. That is the only explanation for this load of hogwash.
Some of my older relatives thought along the same lines, while others were killed, tortured and maimed before or during the war. Both my grandfathers died in Russia, for instance, other relatives spent time in concentration camps, notably a rather well known catholic publicist and humanist who rose to fame after the war.
The atmosphere of oppression, the fear of denunciation, the actual effects of denunciation - all forgotten. The numerous testimonies about how daily life was all about avoiding to be noticed by the Nazi bullies - all lies?
I myself spent many years working in opppressed, unfree countries where I may have caught a glimpse of what life in my country must have been like during those years. I wouldn't want to have lived in it.
Subject: Interesting. Yes, Indeed.
The letter was a very interesting read, and as DES Toronto points out above, "the facts are probably true." So true, in fact, that many mainstream historians admit, while, of course, still denouncing the Third Reich as "brutal" for the same reasons DES Toronto does. However, unlike DES Toronto, they don't turn on themselves and try to suddenly claim that the facts are in reality false and that living in the Third Reich was "Hell on Earth." But moving beyond mainstreamd historians, it is obviously very questionable as to the extent of their persecution of the Jews, as authors like Thies Christopherson, Paul Rassinier, David Irving, A.J. App, Richard E. Harwood, Arthur Butz, Fred Leuchter, Germar Rudolf, and many others point out (most recently there is Karl Radl). But, of course, those facts are far too lengthy to be discussed here.
And, as we could forget, the incessant complaints about government control over the media and its "evil racist theories." Yes indeed, one is very much reminded of the "free speech" people have today in countries like Germany, Austria, and Canada where simply questioning the extent of the Holocaust can get you imprisoned for a long time.
And how could we forget, that Francis Parker Yockey's book "The Enemy of Europe" was actually burned in Germany at the time of its printing, the first state-sponsored book-burning to take place after the Third Reich; except, this time, by an anti-Nazi state. In Germany, there is even the "Office for the Protection of the Constitution" ("Verfassungschutz") which acts as a secret police service similar to the Gestapo; the main difference, of course, is that now instead of being punished for opposing the Third Reich you are punished for supporting it. Yes, the irony of History is very interesting indeed.
And the modern art; why, the world is so suffused with this "beautiful" modern art (as we have it all over the place now, being a dominant form of urban architecture) which is beautiful largely to its makers plus some deviants, but for some reason is ugly to much of the rest of the population. Yes indeed, the Third Reich was a horrid thing. Not that it was the first and only state to do these things - race, art, anti-semitism, etc.
As I said the letter by Schmidt was very interesting, although it's only tragic flaw is that it did not contain too much content and could have used a bibliography for further reading; but it seems now we are back at the beginning of my review and there is no point in going further.
Subject: How wonderful life was under Hitler
This document's glowing description of life under Hitler takes one's breath away. The facts are probably true, that the Nazi government provided these social services. What's astounding is what's left out of the description--the stifling of free speech, the oppressive propaganda, the book banning, the book burning, the violence and killing in the streets as the Nazis fought for power, the hounding of Jews from the professions, the heavy hand of the government in every corner of life, Nazi idealogy, complete with its racial theories, shouldering its way into schools, universities, newspapers, radio, everywhere. And where the writer attempts to justify the bad deeds of the Hitler government, one almost chokes. Jews were imprisoned because they (every last one of them) controlled Germany, union leaders because they were parasitical. The German press was restricted because in World War I its negativity (its truth-telling?) helped defeat Germany. To use the number of films as support for the flourishing of culture is laughable. William L. Shirer, an independent American reporter in Germany at the time, who saw the lies and brutality of the Nazis first-hand throughout the 1930s, reports that the Nazi movies were so mindnumbingly boring that attendance declined precipitously and that Germans flocked to any chance they had to see American movies, which were made to be entertaining rather than for Goering's propaganda purposes. Culture, of course, was defined by Hitler and Goering, anything smacking of "modernism" being declared decadent and banned. This letters is fodder for neo-Nazis, who cling to a very blinkered view of life in Nazi Germany, imagining that they would be the brutal overlords rather than, just as likely, slave laborers.
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