Thursday, January 31, 2013

A grim anniversary and a moral(if you can learn from history)


Italian journalist Indro Montanelli held once a bust of Stalin in his office. since it was a known fact that his political persuasions are quite iopposite of communism, one of his friends asked him why he held this bust and  Montanelli replied: "Nobody killed as many communists as Stalin did". If I was a Europe-hater and an anti-white racist I woud emulate Montanelli  by having a portrait of Adolf Hitler in my home or study. Nobody killed as many white Europeans as Hitler did nor has inflicted such destruction on Europe, in material, spiritual and moral sense. Even today his evil legacy soils, one way or another, political and social discourse and other areas of life such as science, economy, jurispudence and even art.

The 80th anniversary of Hitler coming to power yesterday passed somewhat unnoticed even by me. What reminded me was a text by Srđa Trifković in Chronicles. Particularly interesting is Trifković's description of the events that lead to Hitler being appointed. I could not help even though I knew the facts already from other sources being dumbfounded all over again by the sheer cynicism, superficiality and short-sightedness of some of the participants:

Until the first few weeks of January 1933 Hindenburg repeatedly stated that he would never appoint Hitler as Chancellor, whatever the circumstances. As late as January 26 he declared to a group of friends and associates, “Gentlemen, I hope you will not hold me capable of appointing this Austrian corporal to be Reich Chancellor.” But Chancellor Franz von Papen—ostensibly a master manipulator—thought that if need be he could use Hitler as an expedient tool, a brute who would be kept on a short leash by the forces of the traditional Right.
Having patiently made his way into Hindenburg’s inner circle, Papen kept amusing and flattering the old man. By early 1932 he was considered not only trusted but indispensible. After the November 1932 election, which saw the Nazi vote drop from 37 to 32 percent, and after Papen was forced out of Chancellorship in December, Hindenburg’s importance in resolving the looming crisis grew out of all proportion to his declining faculties and deteriorating health. After another meeting with the Nazi leader, in the final weeks of 1932, Hindenburg declared dryly that “a cabinet led by Hitler would necessarily develop into a single-party dictatorship, with all the attendant consequences for an extreme aggravation of the conflicts within the German people.”
Papen begged to differ, however. He came to believe that he could build up Hitler yet control him from behind the scenes, bring him down at an opportune moment, and take the top post for himself yet again. He then persuaded Hindenburg’s influential son Oskar of the merits of his plan, and spent the last two weeks of January bullying Hindenburg into appointing Hitler Chancellor. On January 30, 1933—eighty years ago today—Hindenburg relented and swore Hitler in as Chancellor at 11 a.m. This was no Machtergreifung, no active seizure of power, no revolution. Hitler’s appointment was the fruit of Papen’s intrigue. Essentially it was theMachtübertragung, handover of power.

The cynical manipulators of today are showing that they have learned absolutely nothing. They live under the delusion they could have their own brutes to use as a stick to beat their political and ideological opponents and do not change their behaviour even when chickens come home to roost.  Which is why history threatens to repeat itself, but contrary to Marx's theory the second time might be even a bigger tragedy then the first.

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