Haaretz: “Thanks to Trump, We Can Better Understand How Hitler Was Possible”


America isn’t Nazi Germany and Trump isn’t the Führer. But today it is easier to grasp how millions of people accepted the outrageous lies and dangerous delusions offered by the tyrant.

Chemi Shalev Oct 28, 2016 11:15 AM
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American articles have ascribed the term “Lügenpresse,” recently hurled at reporters in some Donald Trump rallies, to the Nazi era. That’s partially accurate. The derogatory German term for “lying press” was already being widely used by German Catholics a century before the Nazis came to power to describe their opponents in the liberal and democratic newspapers. The term was back in vogue in the First World War to cast aspersions on the foreign media and their negative reporting on Deutschland. The term Lügenpresse was then exploited by the Nazis as catchphrase for Jewish-owned and other liberal media outlets, but it was no less prevalent over the past year among Germans who accused modern German media of covering up sordid crimes committed by Muslim immigrants. So it is a loaded term with deep roots in German consciousness that sounds detached and even ridiculous in an American context – except, possibly, if you’re a Nazi yourself. 
This is not to say that comparisons between the rise of Donald Trump and the ascent of Adolf Hitler are inappropriate. On the contrary: Such analogies may be light years from perfect, but they are hardly misplaced. It just seems to me that the emergence of the specifically German word Lügenpresse provided a convenient peg for some in the media to remake a connection that they have otherwise been shying away from in recent months, either because they are wary of the expected pushback or because, as Americans, they would prefer not to believe that America in 2016 bears any resemblance whatsoever to Germany of the 1920’s or 1930’s.
Nonetheless, some of the elements of the Nazi ascent to power, as well as the emergence of other totalitarian regimes in Europe at the time, can provide clues and early warning signs to explain Trump’s success in the Republican primaries and his continuing popularity as we approach the presidential elections. Conversely – and this has been dealt with less in the media – Trump’s astonishing selection as the GOP candidate for the presidency, his continuing appeal to millions of Americans and the basic characteristics of his message have provided a new and valuable viewing angle on one of the last century’s most perplexing questions: how was Adolf Hitler possible? 

And please spare me your “how dare you compare” indignation, if you are so inclined. I do not claim that America is Nazi Germany, that Trump is Hitler or that another Holocaust is just around the corner. But the blanket ban on using the most discussed, most debated and most researched issue of the 20th century as a reference point for viewing current events is, in my view, beyond ridiculous. Especially as it usually comes from people who routinely depict every two-bit Arab propagandist as a Goebbels and every minuscule human rights NGO as successors of kapos and Judenrats.  
Viewed through the lenses of the current presidential campaign, historical descriptions of Hitler’s appeal to the German masses suddenly seem hauntingly familiar. Take, for example, Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw’s description of the recurring themes in Hitler’s speeches: “The contrast of Germany’s strength in a glorious past with its current weakness and national humiliation – a sick state in the hands of traitors and cowards who had betrayed the Fatherland to its powerful enemies and behind them, the Jews…a cheating and corrupt government and party system presiding over economic misery, social division, political conflict and ethical collapse.”
Or Richard Evans, writing in The Coming of the Third Reich: “He gained much of his oratorical success by telling his audiences what they wanted to hear. He used simple, straightforward language that ordinary people could understand, short sentences, powerful emotive slogans…There were no qualifications in what he said; everything was absolute, uncompromising, irrevocable, undeviating, unalterable, final. He seemed, as many who listened to his early speeches testified, to speak straight from the heart, and to express their deepest fears and desires. Increasingly, too, he exuded self-confidence, aggression, belief in the ultimate triumph of his party, even a sense of destiny.”
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Of course, most people didn’t take Hitler seriously at first. Refined Germans viewed him with distaste and dismissed him as a buffoon, and not only because of his melodramatic speeches and volatile gestures. Writing in the New Statesman, social critic William Crotch recounted his own impressions of the future German dictator in the late 1920’s: “Another thing that struck me was the man’s utter incapacity to deal with important details….His talk was a succession of vague generalities, couched in attractive if flowery language, but showing in every case either complete ignorance or at least complete contempt for detail.”
But while Hitler was becoming the darling of the masses nonetheless, he never considered himself one of them. As historian Yaakov Talmon wrote in Myth of the Nation and Vision of Revolution, Hitler was contemptuous of the slow-witted German masses. “Denying them rational understanding, judgment, willpower, and mental balance, he composed an astonishingly shrewd vade-mecum (handbook, CS): how to bamboozle them with hysteria and incitement, oversimplification and repetition, stunts and tricks, parades and ceremonials. Brooding morbidly over its lost glory and wallowing in an ecstasy of self-pity, a defeated Germany offered a uniquely propitious target for the possessed demagogue to cast his spell and hypnotize its masses: he and they shared the same resentment of defeat and foreign dictation.”
In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt writes that initial successes of the Nazis and other totalitarian movements in the 1920’s and 1930’s stemmed from their reliance on hitherto politically uninvolved masses desperate for economic and social relief. Their success proved “that democratic government had rested as much on the silent approbation and tolerance of the indifferent and inarticulate sections of the people as on the articulate and visible institutions and organizations of the country.” Having been detached from political discourse and ignorant of recent history, Arendt writes, these masses were willing to accept bold lies and bald assertions as fact and to adopt the fantastical depictions of reality made by their leaders. And this was before the age of the Internet and social media, when the so-called Lügenpresse could still dictate the public’s agenda. 
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For me, at least, the rise of Donald Trump has been an eye-opener. Watching so many Americans fall under his spell has provided a prism to the hypnotic influence that Hitler had on Germans close to a century ago. How justified grievances and genuine economic plight, the disintegration of classes in society and the formation of others in their stead could combine with resentment, racism and downright ignorance to bring a patently unqualified and dangerous person so close to a position of so much power. How masses of Germans were willing to accept and support the litany of lies, the fountains of fabrications and dangerous delusions offered by Hitler. How hatred toward foreigners and those perceived as foreigners can burst out from the underground and then be drummed up to fever pitch. How the established leadership of a country, like that of a political party, can find itself weak and paralyzed even when faced with such an existential danger. How a politician more disciplined, more focused, more knowledgeable and more persuasive than Trump – but with the same dangerous ideas – might have easily made up the 5-10 percent of popular support that Trump seems to be missing.
Of course, it goes without saying that freethinking and individualistic Americans are not regimented discipline-yearning Germans. Or that the U.S. is strong and resilient, while Hitler would never have come to power without the double whammy of Germany’s crushing defeat in World War I and the catastrophic 1929-1930 depression, though perhaps I underestimate the ability of modern social media and cynical politicians to create a delusional world in which things seem just as bad today. Or that the united forces confronting Trump in 2016 are nothing like the splintered body politic of the late Weimar Republic – hopefully – with the Communists exerting a radical influence in the other direction that pulled Germany apart.
“How did Adolf Hitler – described by one eminent magazine editor in 1930 as a “half-insane rascal,” a “pathetic dunderhead,” a “nowhere fool,” a “big mouth” – rise to power in the land of Goethe and Beethoven? What persuaded millions of ordinary Germans to embrace him and his doctrine of hatred? How did this “most unlikely pretender to high state office” achieve absolute power in a once democratic country and set it on a course of monstrous horror?” asks Michiko Kakutani in her New York Times book review of Volker Ullrich’s new biography of Hitler. The answer, I propose, is clearer today than it was before Trump emerged on the scene.
Even if you believe the polls and assume that the 2016 elections will have a happier ending and that Donald Trump will soon wind up as a sorry footnote in history, it’s hard to deny that his stupendous success thus far has been, at the very least, educational. As Evans writes: “The story of how Germany, a stable and modern country, in less than a single lifetime led Europe into moral, physical and cultural ruin and despair is a story that has sobering lessons for us all.” 
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.749153

  1. #1 by Nofo on 10/30/2016 - 9:34

    Yep right, Hitler had all of Germany bamboozled.LOL
    The conditions were self evident, so were the perps! HITLER, like Trump, just stated the obvious: which, the Germans already knew and promised them “We’re going to drain the swamp”.

    You Wieners and whiners better be scared.

  2. #2 by 5 dancing shlomos on 10/30/2016 - 9:34

    thanks to jew
    we can better understand how
    antijew was/is deserved

  3. #3 by nooralhaqiqa on 10/30/2016 - 9:34

    Remember. It is all about the Jews. Everything.

    Perhaps if they stopped their infernal twiddling, diddling, meddling and thieving, things might be about something else! It is always about them because they know they are guilty…..

    And love him or hate him, after these latest electoral events, unless Obama declares martial law and cancels the election, it looks like this poor writer has problems….

  4. #4 by Nature Boy on 10/31/2016 - 9:34

    nooralhaqiqa wrote above:

    And love him [Trump] or hate him, after these latest electoral events, unless Obama declares martial law and cancels the [USA 2016 Presidential] election, it looks like this poor [Jewish] writer [whose work is featured/reproduced up above] has problems [ie. Trump will be elected President]…

    Before getting in to anything here, I’d like to say that I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump- as I would prefer a candidate crossed between Mark Dankof and Lex Luther! :D] . . .

    Anyway, I highly disagree with the quoted statement made above.

    Here is why…

    Assuming that the election process is not rigged- that is, that there’s not going to be any “funny business” going on at all- that all electronic voting machines are going to just miraculously happen to work perfectly and honestly- I still do not see how Trump could possibly win.

    Every pro-Trump acquaintance of mine has been absolutely “floored” when I told them:

    If Trump wins, then THAT will be absolute proof that the election was DEFINITELY rigged!

    You aught to see their faces when I tell them that- it’s hilarious.

    Here’s where I’m coming from…

    65% of the American workforce work for either a local, state, or federal government or agency thereof. Wrap your mind around that for a while. So about 95+% of those folks are voting Democrat- regardless of who the party candidate is- it could be “Jack the Ripper” for all they know- awwwww who cares.

    Next up, we have the Jewish voters. 85+% of all Jewish voters are going to vote for Clinton.

    Next up, we have the non-Jewish “white-skinned” women voters. 80+% of all non-Jewish “white-skinned” women voters are going to vote for Clinton- as when they get in that booth they’re going to emotionally convince themselves to say to heck with what the hubby thinks- “I’m going to finally give a woman a try.”

    Next up, we have the black voters. 98+% of all black voters are going to vote for Clinton- Last Debate: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama” [Thanks for making it so easy for them Trump- and my pro-Trump acquaintances (the choir) thought that was so cool (as the think tanks expected they would)- nope, Trump did that intentionally in order to “throw it” further into Clinton’s favor].

    Next up, we have the Hispanic voters (both legal and illegal). 95+% of ALL Hispanic voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    Next up, we have the miscellaneous nation/race legal “foreign invaders” voters. 95+% of all such type legal “foreign invaders” voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    Next up, we have the miscellaneous nation/race illegal “foreign invaders” voters who just-so-happen (for whatever reason) to have credentials to “legally” vote. 100+% of all such type illegal “foreign invaders” voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    Next up, we have the Mexican voters (of any color known to man) who have somehow or another become “naturalized” via multiple marriages/births etc to/with natural born American citizens. 99+% of all such type Mexican voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama” and “I’m going to build a Wall and Mexico is going to pay for it.”

    Next up, we have folks that want to have abortions and murder unborn children for whatever reason. 100+% of all such child-murderer voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    Next up, we have a rather large strata of American society (all stripes of creed and color) who either lost their jobs years ago, and never could seem to find another one, and now no longer wish to have one, or those who never wished to have a job in the first place- and thus have become quite accustomed to, and subsequently now enjoy, simply “not working.” We will call these voters “do-nothingers.” 100+% of all such type do-nothinger voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    Next up, we have the Homosexual voters. 100+% of all Homosexual voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    And to top it all off, we’ve got the non-governmental “private sector” employee voters who all seem to work for giant corporations that do governmental “trickle down” contract work. So “Big Government” = Job Security. Got that Joe? 90+% of all such voters are going to vote for Clinton- Remember: “A vote for Hillary will be a vote for 4 more years of Obama.”

    And the beat goes on…

    Of course there will be many many many more American citizen voters out there that do not fit any of those molds briefly mentioned above, however they will still vote for Clinton for one reason or another. An American acquaintance’s mother of mine voted for Bill Clinton back in the 90s cause quote: “I thought he [Bill] looked kinda’ cute.” I kid you not!

    Note: If one recalls, originally (according to the Constitution) only American white-skinned men (which unfortunately then also included Jews) that also owned land (a piece of American soil), were allowed to vote. In other words, they had some “skin in the game”- no pun intended. LOL. Just thought I’d throw that out there for what it’s worth, not that it really matters much here at this point…

    So after one applies the above mentioned “filters” one is left with a very very very small handful of American voters still in the pool.

    Remember: not every American is registered to vote.

    Hence, I just don’t see how Trump can win without him “Rigging the Election.”


    Thus, I am totally puzzled by what the Jews are up to with the “Dog and Pony (WWE) Show” as of late. Just your standard Judeo-Masonic Fabian Socialist/Marxist run-of-the-mill further destabilization of America I suppose, as both candidates are completely incompetent and are obviously beholden to the Jews.

    Either way the Jews (Vince) will win this particular match- just their approaches and goals with each candidate/opponent are to be different. Final “End Game” will not change one bit. Many paths to the same destination kinda’ thing.

    It truly looks to me as if the Jews this past month have intentionally stepped back, let go of the non-Jewish baby so-to-speak (controls) and are watching/testing to see if it (the baby) can stand/balance himself on his own two feet, and walk-about a bit (ex. indict Clinton prior to election day w/out needing assistance from the Jews). No more obstruction of Justice. Will the baby grab hold of the curtains and the furniture (the honorable individuals/experts, elements, tools, institutions, etc of a non-Jewish society) to balance himself, or will he still look upwards at Mommy’s Jewish face, reaching out for anything attached to her- the tassels and strings of her dress (ex. Jew owned/controlled FBI/CIA/DoD/DoJ/MSM/MSMII/Congress, FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Google, Etc. Etc. Etc.) whilst begging for her to grab hold of him and save him from falling? “Have we conquered them so completely?” the Jews are probably asking themselves.

    Such action also serves to make the WWE wrestling match appear to be even that much more realistic to the American masses the closer they get to election day- including that which has been planned to take place thereafter.

    The talking heads (MSM/MSMII) will be “flying blind” this time around and it will all be just as exhilarating as Wrestlemania III was – perhaps even more so. The Jews have walked away from the controls, like a show-off/mocker: “Hey look, no hands!” Either way, no matter what happens, the professional can quickly take back control and incorporate it into the match, and make it all still look real in the end- Just watch The Nature Boy, he’ll show you all how it’s done…

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! ! !

    Ain’t that Right Pipe!

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ! ! !

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