John Flanagan: Unfortunately, few historians have documented and described the opposition in Germany at the time of Hitler's rise to power. There were many Germans and Austrians with convictions and principles who despised the Nazi Party and what they stood for, however, most were powerless to speak out. A visit by the Gestapo would result in imprisonment or death. Christian pastors like the acclaimed Dietrich Bonehoffer and others were killed for their opposition to Hitler and his cadre of villains and supporters. This should be a history lesson for all societies to distrust flamboyant leaders who call for war and conquest, accuse opposition as traitors or unpatriotic, promote a super race ideology, stifle free speech, and display narcissistic sociopathic behavior. Leaders of this mold eventually bring great misery and bloodshed. For this reason, citizens need to carefully, soberly, and effectively monitor their leaders, their press, and the dynamics of power.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:19 pm
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