A Question About Resistance versus Denial: Trump and Hitler
“… I have never been w the Not-My-President and Never Say He’s President folks. Oh, yes he is and that’s the issue: every form of denial is what would place us here four or more years hence. The denial is a largely useless, feel-good, if not a solipsistic meme and pledge and act….”
Jonathan Wolfman, comment at:
“Adolf Hitler’s rise to power began in Germany in September 1919 when Hitler joined the political party then known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – DAP (German Workers’ Party). The name was changed in 1920 to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party). It was anti-Marxist and opposed to the democratic post-war government of the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles, advocating extreme nationalism and Pan-Germanism as well as virulent anti-Semitism. Hitler’s “rise” can be considered to have ended in March 1933, after the Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act of 1933 in that month. President Paul von Hindenburg had already appointed Hitler as Chancellor on 30 January 1933 after a series of parliamentary elections and associated backroom intrigues. The Enabling Act—when used ruthlessly and with authority—virtually assured that Hitler could thereafter constitutionally exercise dictatorial power without legal objection.
The 1932 German presidential elections were held on 13 March (first round) and 10 April (second round run-off).
They were the second and final direct elections to the office of President of the Reich (Reichspräsident), Germany’s head of state under the Weimar Republic. The incumbent President, Paul von Hindenburg, first elected in 1925, was re-elected to a second seven-year term of office. His major opponent in the election was Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP).
Under the Weimar system, the presidency was a powerful office. Hindenburg, who deeply distrusted and personally detested Hitler, had been motivated to run for a second term primarily by a desire to stop Hitler from winning the presidency.
Nevertheless, following his re-election, Hindenburg failed to prevent the NSDAP from assuming power. Two successive federal elections left the NSDAP as the largest party in the Reichstag and anti-Weimar parties in control of a majority of its seats. Under this political climate, Hindenburg reluctantly appointed Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in January 1933.”
Hitler came to power in Germany legally and without objection.
If Trump, the bigoted racist megalomaniac, is the black man’s American President, Hitler, the anti-Semitic murderer, was the Jewish man’s German Chancellor.
So, here’s the question:
Were the Jewish citizens of Germany in the 30s and 40s, who were astute and attentive enough to envision what lay ahead as the result of Hitler gaining control of the German government, engaged in resistance re increasingly anti-Semitic policies and laws, or were they simply in denial re the fact that a dangerous anti-Semitic mad man had come to power in their country?
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