Okay, here is part two of the blog from Dr. David Kaiser. I hope you did read the first blog first, and I hope this second part of his letter that I am giving you, word for word, will answer all questions and doubts you may have about his credibility. Now, here it is. Professor Kaisers writings.
As a serious student of history, I thought I would never come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt in the mid-1930s in those times, the "savior" was a former smooth-talking rabble- rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory. Conservative "losers" read it right now.
And there wre the promises. Economic times were tough people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did - regularly. And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled economic crisis bloomed at hand - the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were at first encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of course.
How did he get the people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, netter jobs, and promising to re-install once again in the country, across Europe, and across the world. He did it with a compliant media -did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .....change. And the people surely got what they voted for.
If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It's all there in the history books.
So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world came to regret that he was not listened to.
Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And yet, in LESS THAN SIX YEARS (a shorter time span than just two terms of the U.S. presidency) it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them.
As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me...
I choose to believe thre evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe - and why I believe it.
I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote in the next elections.
This was signed by David Kaiser of Jamestown, Rhode Island, in the United States
Well, this is what I felt necessary to share with all of you, no matter how you receive it. Now it is up to you to live with it, share it, delete and forget it. Only you know what choices you will make. I wish you a safe and bright tomorrow. And God Bless Us, everyone. 'Cause I ain't done yet.