I shared some thoughts on Facebook this morning that I think are worthy of expanding on and sending out to you guys.
Here’s what I wrote:
Milton Mayer was a Jewish American journalist of German descent who interviewed a variety of Germans, with different backgrounds and circumstances, to better understand how Nazism became a mass movement.
By the end of his project, Mayer observed that he could “see a little better how Nazism overcame Germany—not by attack from without or by subversion from within, but with a whoop and a holler.”
”Each step was so small,” one of Mayer’s interviewees explained, “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.”
“Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last,” he continued, “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.”
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