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Does This Sound Familiar?

I was reading a long forgotten book from my library yesterday, and I came across the following passage. I thought it sounded eerily familiar, so I thought I would share it with you. Please take the time to read this passage, and ask your self.......where are we now in the World? After that I will share with you who the author of the quote is, and what the book is.


Here is the quote:

Heads up, I changed certain words so it would not be obvious what this is actually talking about, I did not want to give it away until the end.


 

I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state.
Though unlike most people I had daily access to foreign newspapers, especially those of London, Paris and Zurich, which arrived the day after publication, and though I listened regularly to the BBC and other foreign broadcasts, my job necessitated the spending of many hours a day in combing the Government press, checking the Government radio, conferring with Government officials and going to Government meetings.
It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Government sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and often misled it.
No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda.
Often in a a private home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons.
It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.
Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what the Government, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.

 

Are You Ready to Find out Who Wrote this and When?


Wow, this really struck me, and I had to share it.


Do you know who wrote this?


It was a Journalist named: William L. Shirer, who worked in Nazi Germany until around 1940.


The book is called:


THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH

It is from the Chapter 8: Life in the Third Reich: 1933-37


It was written in 1960


Here is the unaltered quote:


I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state.
Though unlike most Germans I had daily access to foreign newspapers, especially those of London, Paris and Zurich, which arrived the day after publication, and though I listened regularly to the BBC and other foreign broadcasts, my job necessitated the spending of many hours a day in combing the German press, checking the German radio, conferring with Nazi officials and going to party meetings.
It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and often misled it.
No one who has not lived for years in a totalitarian land can possibly conceive how difficult it is to escape the dread consequences of a regime’s calculated and incessant propaganda.
Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a cafe, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons.
It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.
Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.

 

Want to read more of what he said?

Here are some one liners

 

The overwhelming majority of Germans did not seem to mind that their personal freedom had been taken away, that so much of their culture had been destroyed and replaced with a mindless barbarism, or that their life and work had become regimented to a degree never before experienced even by a people accustomed for generations to a great deal of regimentation.


 

.....a newly arrived observer was somewhat surprised to see that the people of this country did not seem to feel that they were being cowed and held down by an unscrupulous and brutal dictatorship. On the contrary, they supported it with genuine enthusiasm.


 

The Nazi war on the Christian churches began more moderately.


In a short time the vast majority of Protestant clergymen took the oath, thus binding themselves legally and morally to obey the commands of the dictator. It would be misleading to give the impression that the persecution of Protestants and Catholics by the Nazi State tore the German people asunder or even greatly aroused the vast majority of them. It did not. A people who had so lightly given up their political and cultural and economic freedoms were not, except for a relatively few, going to die or even risk imprisonment to preserve freedom of worship.


 

The radio and the motion pictures were also quickly harnessed to serve the propaganda of the Nazi State.


 

But, even more important, he had stressed in his book the importance of winning over and then training the youth in the service ”of a new national state” – a subject he returned to often after he became the German dictator. ”When an opponent declares, ”I will not come over to your side,’ ” he said in a speech on November 6,1933, ”I calmly say, ’Your child belongs to us already ... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short tune they will know nothing else but this new community.’ ” And on May 1, 1937, he declared, ”This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” It was not an idle boast; that was precisely what was happening.


History was so falsified in the new textbooks and by the teachers in their lectures that it became ludicrous.

 

Indeed, in 1937 there appeared a journal called Deutsche Mathematik, and its first editorial solemnly proclaimed that any idea that mathematics could be judged nonracially carried ”within itself the germs of destruction of German science.”


The hallucinations of these Nazi scientists became unbelievable, even to a layman.


It was surprising to some how many members of the university faculties knuckled under to the Nazification of higher learning after 1933.


”The German universities failed, while there was still time, to oppose publicly with all their power the destruction of knowledge and of the democratic state. They failed to keep the beacon of freedom and right burning during the night of tyranny.”



 

The little businessmen, who had been one of the party’s chief supports and who expected great things from Chancellor Hitler, soon found themselves, many of them, being exterminated and forced back into the ranks of wage earners.


 

...thousands of decreed laws – there were no others in the Third Reich – were explicitly based on the emergency presidential decree of February 28, 1933, for the Protection of the People...


 

Somethings to think About!




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