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

When Obama was the prez, I knew FOX News cultists who would recommend this book saying, “It’s happening here,” apparently on the grounds that both Obama and Austrian Charlie Chaplin favored public healthcare or something or other. Nowadays, I’m seeing left-cultists circulate this book, apparently on the grounds that Orange Man and Mustache Man both favored restricted immigration or something or other. I can violate Godwin’s Law with the best of them but for crying out loud, folks…

This is a very interesting book, btw.

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer  (1966-05-19): Milton Mayer: Books

First published in 1955, They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Mayer’s book is a study of ten Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany. Mayer had a position as a research professor at the University of Frankfurt and lived in a nearby small Hessian town which he disguised with the name “Kronenberg.” “These ten men were not men of distinction,” Mayer noted, but they had been members of the Nazi Party; Mayer wanted to discover what had made them Nazis. Available here.

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