• Hitler became powerful because of the people who sat idly by and did nothing.
  • 2 things Lutheran anti-Semitism Lazy electorate
    • Archie Bunker
      Lazy or uninformed? Like the US, many voters, I believe, were uninformed. They just read the headlines and nothing more.
    • bostjan64
      "Lazy electorate" - actually, Hitler didn't come to power by winning elections. The Nazis received 18% of the popular vote in 1930 and 33% in 1932. In 1933, Hitler murdered all of the politicians who opposed him, declared himself as the leader, and then that there was to be no election the following year. Elections in 1936 and 1938 were one-party elections, in which the German people were given the choice of voting for the controlling party or not vote, because all opposition parties were banned legally. As for your link between Lutheranism and anti-Semitism, I think you are stretching. Anti-Semitism was rampant throughout the entire Christian church at the time, including the Baptist Church, the Catholic Church, and the Lutheran Church. The Vatican was, indeed, initially critical of Hitler, but, in 1933, when he took over the German government, he was quick to sign an agreement with the Vatican to make Nazism the official Catholic political doctrine in central Europe. This happened while, simultaneously, Lutheran church leaders were being arrested for anti-Nazi speeches, with some (notably Dietrich Bonhoffer) being executed for refusing to publicly embrace Nazi intolerance.

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