In The Garden Of Beasts
It’s 1933 and Hitler has just taken power in Germany. Newly appointed ambassador Dodd from the United States takes up residence near the Tiergarten, a huge magnificent park area in Berlin. The beauty of the Tiergarten park contrasts directly with it’s name, which translates to Garden Of Beasts.
Erik Larson’s book In The Garden Of Beasts recounts the Dodd family’s arrival in 1933 Germany and their ever increasing exposure to the radical tyranny of the Nazi party. As ambassador Dodd and his family personally witness the noose tightening around the German people who dissent from Hitler (Communists and Jews) his cables back to Washington reflect his growing concerns that this man Hitler is not at all what he projects to the rest of the world. Dodd fears he is in fact just the opposite of his words.
The book gives a first-hand account of how a society can become gripped by an iron fist, but only if they choose to look the other way when tyranny is staring them straight in the face. Jews are beaten in the streets for the crime of being Jewish. The old and young alike are attacked by jackbooted thugs if they fail to properly return the Nazi salute. Books are being burned and old statues are being pulled down from their pedestals. The message is clear - fall in line or else.
The Hitler appeasers do their best to ignore the obvious and hope his clownish antics are just a flash in the pan. “He won’t last long”, is the general consensus around the world and even in Germany, and even among the Jews. But the violence and brutality do not stop, in fact they continue at an every growing pace. Dissenters find their business destroyed, sometimes burned to the ground.
As the violence increases the appeasers up the ante as well, offering the Nazis more and more with everything from cold hard cash to special privileges. Surely they will stop if we just give in a little more, the thinking goes. But they don’t stop. Every gesture of appeasement only reinforces the Nazi belief that their way is the only way, and their power increases exponentially. The appeasers see no way out beyond even more appeasement.
The book details the moral corruption of an entire society, step by step through the eyes of one American family caught in the jaws of Nazi German in the 1930’s. Yet there is an overriding theme running throughout the book - the endless capacity of human beings for self-delusion.
This seems to be happening now in this country. The left again has taken to demonizing anyone that disagrees with it...to force compliance or you lose your freedom of speech. I hope you leftists see what is going on and recognize that this is always a problem with the left. NOT totally your fault...the Nazis/commies took over your party early on and were just very quiet and low key about it.