They Thought They Were Free - The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer

Link to the Full excerpt from the book.

But Then It Was Too Late

“What no one seemed to notice,” said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.

"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.”

Any of this sound familiar??


Hilter is so passé. In 2024, they use a grandfatherly, wizened Alzheimer’s patient.


We are actually welll beyond the phase of revolution where they believe stealth is necessary. Their capture of all the institutions of power & influence as well as the MSM hammering in leftist piles (think hemorrhoids of the brain) has emboldened them to such a degree they believe they can do ANYTHING they wish right in our faces. I cite Trump’s conviction of all 24, not even 23 or a few less, “TRUMPed up” (maybe the most fortuitously accurate and ironic etymology ever) charges in (how many seconds/minutes of) jury deliberations?