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    They Wanted It; They Got It; And They Liked ItMilton Mayer was that rarest of writers a journalist who knew his job was to create interesting facts; and a philosopher who knew that facts are meaningless without a theory a coherent narrative that connects them His phenomenological analysis of ten Everyman Nazis was remarkab

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    They wanted it; they got it; and they liked itIn 1952 American journalist Milton Mayer moved his family to Marburg Germany a small town near Frankfurt There he set about to answer the uestion plaguing the world since Hilter's rise in 1933 how did a modern western democracy fall prey to Nazism? Mayer was from Germ

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    I've seen the rise of Nazism described as a warning from history on many occasionsWell this book is that warning written in clear and concrete terms soon after the events occurred by people who experienced them directly most of them Nazi sympathizers What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people little by little to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to beli

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    Shortly after the war Milton Mayer an American Jew of German heritage and his wife Jane moved into a mid sized German city

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    In contemporary times this book has surfaced than once in conversations as a means to obtain insight into the segment of society that is apparently blind to the chronic contempt for the legal ethical and moral principles that is being perpetrated by our current president here in the United StatesWhile reading

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    You should read this book if you think that you are freeThis is an old book originally published in 1955 but it is relevant today than ever before Today the US government openly arrests people without probable cause detains them indefinitely without trial tortures them assassinates citizens and non citizens alike with predator drones and spies on everyone all in the name of freedom What is the reaction of the

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    Seven years after the collapse of Hitler's regime Milton Sanford Mayer an American Jewish journalist of German heritage traveled to Germany in an effort to understand how and why Nazism had developed in Germany He spends a year in a small Hessian town whose identity he disguises by calling it Kronenberg Here he works to develop contacts wi

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    They Thought They Were Free the germans 1933 45Milton Mayer – author Published by the University of Chicago PressFirst published in 1955 the book has the advantage of being a collection of recollections about the conditions of life in the small town of Kronnenberg The citizens of Kronneberg were of the most conservative of ordinary people In fact they were not even Germans according to ‘real’ Germans Kronnenberg

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    Blast from the PastThe problem with old books is that unless they were written by geniuses and sometimes even if they were old books are a mixture of genuine insights and misconceptions geared to their times This book is no

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Hat interest has never been prominent or potent than what we’ve seen in the past year   They Thought They Were Free is an elouent 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 H. In contemporary times this book has surfaced than once in conversations as a means to obtain insight into the segment of society that is apparently blind to the chronic contempt for the legal ethical and moral principles that is being perpetrated by our current president here in the United StatesWhile reading They Thought They Were Free I indeed found threads of commonality between the Germans of Nazism and the Americans of Trumpism There existed then as exists now various psychological behaviors common to both isms the need to be accepted by peers the apparent collapse of class in favor of a common cause and the creation of a hero figure that embodies ideas of self perfection These behaviors all played a part in the spread of Nazism throughout Germany of the 1930s and they translate well to Trumpism of the present dayHowever this book also does a good job in bringing to light a powerful difference Mostly all nations of the 1930s Germany included lived in a world where foreign interaction information and social relationships were relatively static Access to education in Germany was severely limited And Germans lived in a relatively closed society that was isolated by language as well as by a technological inability to widely distribute and receive informationAmericans of today and people all over the world live in conditions that are just the opposite of those of Germany in the 1930s They have direct access to science They can evaluate credentials judge integrity and compare sources Americans have no excuse but to know things and to be responsible for the things they knowToday the tools to evaluate the detriments to society that were caused by Nazism are easily obtainable While in the past almost all Germans may have served as useful idiots to the Nazi regime the present American contemporaries of Trumpism are eagerly practicing willful ignorance which could be considered the final perversion of the legal ethical and moral principles of societyThe above comparisons and contrasts are mostly included in the first part of a three part book Beyond the transition of Germans to Nazism the second part of the book explores the geographical position of Germany within the European continent and provides reasons for Germany s aggressive behavior over the centuries While not as pronounced as the parallels presented in the first part of the book parallels can be drawn between a 1930s Germany that was surrounded by multiple militant nations and the American heartland surrounded by the populous east and west left coasts If Germany became tribalized and militant as a result of these pressures then conservatives in the heartland my find similar reasons to pursue similar pathsThe third part of the book is predominantly relevant from a historical perspective It covers post war Germany and the pressures applied by the victors of WWII on the losers especially under conditions where communism was a constant danger during the Cold War Given that the Cold War has come to an end relevance with today s political climate is limitedLastly there is a school of thought that frowns upon comparisons of Nazi Germany with anything current The thought is that the Nazis were such a aberration in history that any comparison is a violation of the logical fallacy of reductio ad absurdum Latin for reduction to absurdity or commonly identified as an appeal to the extreme While this may be valid when considering generalities such as Trumpism will lead to Nazism specific comparisons should indeed hold validNazism was an absolute dictatorial and authoritarian system of government Thus the uantity of accurate comparisons that exist between Nazism and Trumpism should serve as an indication of society s relative distance from the absolute After all we Americans still think we are free Cock Tales 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 H. In contemporary times this book has surfaced than once in conversations as a means to obtain insight into the segment of society that is apparently blind to the chronic contempt for the legal ethical and moral principles that is being perpetrated by our current president here in the United StatesWhile Son of the Hero reading They Thought They Were Free I indeed found threads of commonality between the Germans of Nazism and the Americans of Trumpism There existed then as exists now various psychological behaviors common to both isms the need to be accepted by peers the apparent collapse of class in favor of a common cause and the creation of a hero figure that embodies ideas of self perfection These behaviors all played a part in the spread of Nazism throughout Germany of the 1930s and they translate well to Trumpism of the present dayHowever this book also does a good job in bringing to light a powerful difference Mostly all nations of the 1930s Germany included lived in a world where foreign interaction information and social The Alien Jigsaw relationships were Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning relatively static Access to education in Germany was severely limited And Germans lived in a The Illusion of Gods Presence relatively closed society that was isolated by language as well as by a technological inability to widely distribute and Folk Tales From The Soviet Union receive informationAmericans of today and people all over the world live in conditions that are just the opposite of those of Germany in the 1930s They have direct access to science They can evaluate credentials judge integrity and compare sources Americans have no excuse but to know things and to be Not The Hot Chick responsible for the things they knowToday the tools to evaluate the detriments to society that were caused by Nazism are easily obtainable While in the past almost all Germans may have served as useful idiots to the Nazi Pegged and Plugged at the Club regime the present American contemporaries of Trumpism are eagerly practicing willful ignorance which could be considered the final perversion of the legal ethical and moral principles of societyThe above comparisons and contrasts are mostly included in the first part of a three part book Beyond the transition of Germans to Nazism the second part of the book explores the geographical position of Germany within the European continent and provides Tunnel Through Time reasons for Germany s aggressive behavior over the centuries While not as pronounced as the parallels presented in the first part of the book parallels can be drawn between a 1930s Germany that was surrounded by multiple militant nations and the American heartland surrounded by the populous east and west left coasts If Germany became tribalized and militant as a Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 result of these pressures then conservatives in the heartland my find similar Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reasons to pursue similar pathsThe third part of the book is predominantly Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 relevant from a historical perspective It covers post war Germany and the pressures applied by the victors of WWII on the losers especially under conditions where communism was a constant danger during the Cold War Given that the Cold War has come to an end The Fatima Century relevance with today s political climate is limitedLastly there is a school of thought that frowns upon comparisons of Nazi Germany with anything current The thought is that the Nazis were such a aberration in history that any comparison is a violation of the logical fallacy of Leah Starrs Revenge reductio ad absurdum Latin for Pieces 8 (Pieces, reduction to absurdity or commonly identified as an appeal to the extreme While this may be valid when considering generalities such as Trumpism will lead to Nazism specific comparisons should indeed hold validNazism was an absolute dictatorial and authoritarian system of government Thus the uantity of accurate comparisons that exist between Nazism and Trumpism should serve as an indication of society s Time Flies and Other Short Plays relative distance from the absolute After all we Americans still think we are free

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Is discussions with them of Nazism the rise of the Reich and mass complicity with evil became the backbone of this book an indictment of the ordinary German that is all the powerful for its refusal to let the rest of us pretend that our moment our society our country are fundamentally immune   A new foreword to this edition by eminent historian of the Reich Richard J Evans puts the book in historical and contemporary context We live in an age of fervid politics and hyperbolic rhetoric They Thought They Were Free cuts through that revealing instead the slow uiet accretions of change complicity and abdication of moral authority that uietly mark the rise of evi. Seven years after the collapse of Hitler s regime Milton Sanford Mayer an American Jewish journalist of German heritage traveled to Germany in an effort to understand how and why Nazism had developed in Germany He spends a year in a small Hessian town whose identity he disguises by calling it Kronenberg Here he works to develop contacts with kleine Leute ie ordinary Germans who enthusiastically or reluctantly embraced the Nazi cause He wanted to understand why they had done so And through repeated interviews with 10 ordinary Germans he concludes that he did develop a little better understanding of why they chose Nazism But he also walked away afraid for his country the United States I came back a little afraid for my country afraid of what it might want and get under combined pressure of reality and illusion I felt and feel that it was not German man that I met but man 19 In short he recognized that Nazism was not the product of a peculiar German path Sonderweg under the right conditions it could happen anywhere including the United States What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people little by little to being governed by surprise to receiving decisions deliberated in secret to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand or so dangerous that even if the people could not understand it it could not be released because of national security And their sense of identification with Hitler their trust in him made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it This separation of government from people this widening of the gap took place so gradually and so insensibly each step disguised perhaps not even intentionally as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes And all the crises and reforms real reforms too so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter 196Given the book was first published in 1955 it is of course dated in some respects However this warning to future generations of Americans that their nation is not immune to authoritarianism is timely in the current political climate of nationalist populismThe Peorian individual surrenders his individuality without a murmur without indeed a second thought and not just his individual hobbies and tastes but his individual occupation his individual family concerns his individual needs The primordial community the tribe re emerges it s first function the preservation of all its members Every normal personality of the day becomes an authoritarian personality A few recalcitrants have to be disciplined vigorously under the circumstances for neglect or betrayal of their duty A few groups have to be watched or if necessary taken in hand the antisocial elements the liberty howlers the agitators among the poor and the criminal gangs For the rest of the citizens 95 percent or so of the population duty is now the central fact of life They obey at first awkwardly but surprisingly soon spontaneously 296 Kronenberg Germany in the future could be Peoria Illinois As Mayer s friend pointed out the challenge faced by average Germans at that time and by peoples across the world today as governments are taken over by authoritarian corporatist or populistnationalist regimes is how do you recognize and resist As one former Nazi that Mayer interviewed notedI do not see even now how we could have stopped it Many many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims Principiis obsta and Finem respice Resist the beginnings and consider the end But one must foresee the end in order to resist or even see the beginnings One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done by ordinary men or even by extraordinary menLet us hope that we realize before it is too late the liberties and rights that are being pushed so roughly to the side in multiple nations including the United States Kane Richards Must Die rise of the Reich and mass complicity with evil became the backbone of this book an indictment of the ordinary German that is all the powerful for its Astaroth et Bernadette refusal to let the M-am săturat să fiu prost rest of us pretend that our moment our society our country are fundamentally immune   A new foreword to this edition by eminent historian of the Reich Richard J Evans puts the book in historical and contemporary context We live in an age of fervid politics and hyperbolic Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, rhetoric They Thought They Were Free cuts through that The Art of DOOM: Eternal revealing instead the slow uiet accretions of change complicity and abdication of moral authority that uietly mark the The Protestant Temperament rise of evi. 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“When this book was first published it received some attention from the critics but none at all from the public Nazism was finished in the bunker in Berlin and its death warrant signed on the bench at Nuremberg”   That’s Milton Mayer writing in a foreword to the 1966 edition of They Thought They Were Free He’s right about the critics the book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1956 General readers may have been slower to take notice but over time they did what we’ve seen over decades is that any time people across the political spectrum start to feel that freedom is threatened the book experiences a ripple of word of mouth interest And t. I ve seen the rise of Nazism described as a warning from history on many occasionsWell this book is that warning written in clear and concrete terms soon after the events occurred by people who experienced them directly most of them Nazi sympathizers What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people little by little to being governed by surprise to receiving decisions deliberated in secret to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand or so dangerous that even if the people could not understand it it could not be released because of national security And their sense of identification with Hitler their trust in him made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it Many of the interviewees say the same thing unless you are politically astute than average you won t notice the gradual wearing down of your rights and expansion of government propaganda To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it please try to believe me unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness acuity than most of us had ever had occasion to develop Each step was so small so inconseuential 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 saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing One day it is over his head I was introduced to this book through Reddit in the rpolitics subreddit where I am pleased to see it is often uoted by people who are aware of the dangers of the current populist regimes such as are seen in Trump s America But the uestion remains whether it is too late to do anything about it But the one great shocking occasion when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you never comes That s the difficulty If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest thousands yes millions would have been sufficiently shocked if let us say the gassing of the Jews in 43 had come immediately after the German Firm stickers on the windows of non Jewish shops in 33 But of course this isn t the way it happens In between come all the hundreds of little steps some of them imperceptible each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next Step C is not so much worse than Step B and if you did not make a stand at Step B why should you at Step C And so on to Step D More uotes can be found at this link