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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

20 May

“It is difficult to understand the behavior of most German Protestants in the first Nazi years unless one is aware of two things: their history and the influence of Martin Luther. The great founder of Protestantism was both a passionate anti-Semite and a ferocious believer in absolute obedience to political authority. He wanted Germany rid of the Jews and when they were sent away he advised that they be deprived of “all their cash and jewels and silver and gold”, and furthermore, “that their synagogues or schools be set on fire, that their houses be broken up and destroyed …  and they be put under a roof or stable, like the gypsies … in misery and captivity as they incessantly lament and complain to God about us” – advice that was literally followed four centuries later by Hitler, Goering and Himmler”

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Books, Quotes

 

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