Americans have always been smug in our own self-assurance that "it can't happen here". We looked to Germany in the 30s and 40s as some sort of contaminated petri dish, as if one of the most culturally advanced nations on earth suddenly becoming enthralled with a screeching grievance-addicted leader and embracing fascism was nothing more than an historical speedbump. The fact that Hitler and his quite willing henchmen, with the enthusiastic support of the majority of Germans, brought the world to the brink and kickstarted the death of 50 million people seems unimaginable in today's world of Tik-Tok puppy videos, drone-strikes, and embedded reporters. Even now, nobody has even been able to adequately explain how one man turned a nation into a cult of (preferable blue-eyed) killers.
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