Memories of Previous Eras and the Adulation of Fascistic Demagogues

“Then, on July 6, [1940–after victories in Poland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France] Hitler, Himmler, and the others arrived by train to Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin to an astonishing reception—the German capital roiled in a wave of patriotic fervor. People waited for hours to see Hitler; women covered the sunlit streets with flowers leading up the Reich Chancellery, while radios from every street corner blared martial music. Church bells rang out, and swastika-adorned flags spilled from every balcony. Streetside maidens and Hitler youth cried in shrill hysteria as their leader was called out to the balcony of his quarters.”

“‘Caesar in his glory,’ wrote a US newspaper correspondent, ‘was never more turbulently received.'”

From D.S. Parker, Hitler’s Warrior

Reading this gave me a bit of a weird time-warp kind of feeling, as if history were looping back on itself.  Seems like we are part of some horrid television series that was cancelled untold seasons ago, but it is now back and filling up prime time.

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“After victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Trump arrived in Miami to an astonishing reception—the city roiled in a wave of political fervor. People waited for hours to see Trump; women covered the sunlit streets with flowers leading up his next speaking venue, while iPhones from every street corner blared ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Car horns sounded on every street and Trump posters spilled from windows lining the route to his speech.  Streetside maidens and Trump youth cried in shrill hysteria as their hero and leader was called out to the podium in the large event center.”

[Apologies to D.S. Parker]

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