This documentary of the horrific rise of the Third Reich is from the History Channel. While I am against coercion in any form, I would like to see every high school and college student watch this. Better yet, every voting citizen should have to watch it to vote!
Those who believe this period was an aberration of history, something that can never repeat, are sadly mistaken. History is replete with similar horrors. Unfortunately what played out in Germany is in the nature of man. Man with unrestrained power is capable of anything. Not all men, of course, but the worst. Friedrich Hayek discussed in “The Road to Serfdom,” why the worst always rise to the top.
Germany was not some backward, ignorant country. They were the most cultured country in the world. They produced the best scientists, literature, music, engineers, etc. They also produced one of the greatest evils of the world — Adolf Hitler.
If there had not been a Hitler, someone else as evil would have filled the vacuum. Without the Rule of Law, it can happen anywhere in the world, including the US.
Hitler was appointed Chancellor with only 37% of the vote. Fifty-two days later, he was dictator! Then the horrors truly began. This video is the story of how this terrible transition in Germany occurred