A truth the Germans are ashamed of.

The deception and self-deception of Germans - Comment on 2015 May 1

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In the past they enthusiastically rushed along with Hitler and Stalin, and now they do the same with Obama. Read more:

Extracts from an article and then a commentary:


Eva Sternheim-Peters about the Nazi time

"I did not run along with, I enthusiastically rushed along with"

Enthusiastically she was with it, then in the Nazi time. Later Eva Sternheim-Peters asked herself: Why? When she had found the answer, she wrote a book, which was highly praised and little read. Because it contains knowledge which many do not want to hear until today.

Were the Germans ‘fellow-travellers’ or more? But that what Eva Sternheim-Peters would have to say to that, hardly anyone wants to hear today. "Moreover I still was nevertheless directly with it." 70 years have now past since the end of World War II. 70 years since the time about Eva Sternheim-Peters says: "I did not run along with, I enthusiastically rushed along with."

How could she be so led astray? How to find herself out, as she says, she studied psychology in the 50s. In the 70s she goes to Berlin as co-worker of the Sociological Institute of the Free University. Her seminaries have the title like "Daily life of women and girls in fascism"; the students come in bands; they are on the left and critically but still just say routine sentences: "My parents were actually against Hitler; they were just afraid." Therefore a country in quiet resistance. But would she have let the beloved Günter, who changed his name to Günther, so that it looked more Germanic, let go when she would not have believed in the thing?

This question tortures her all her life. When she finally knows that she must answer this question with No, she writes a book. There are 382 pages of hard reading, linguistically exacting, with regard to contents agonizing. Unsparingly it describes the fatal fascination of the Nazis. "I thought", says Eva Sternheim-Peters, "the publishing houses tear it out of my hand." But that was not to be.

Seven years Eva Sternheim-Peters fights about a publication; 1987 an alternative small publishing house shows interest. The book comes out in minimal edition; the title: "Die Zeit der großen Täuschungen" (The time of the great deceptions). Then the publisher runs out of money. In the course of the next years the book will appear in two other niche publishing houses, finally under the title: "Habe ich denn allein gejubelt?" (Did I then alone exult?); the number of pieces remains small.

Is there, despite the seeming untiring will of explanation, something, which the Germans rather do not want to hear about them? Sternheim-Peters shrugs her shoulders. "About the Nazi time it is only reported from the end; one speaks about war and violence but not about that how it had started."

Generally the common attempts of explanation ignore the emotional participation of the Germans: the historian Hannah Arendt describes Adolf Eichmann as narrow-minded apparatchik; the psychologist Alice Miller starts from the then authoritarian education having produced passive orderlies. Whereon Sternheim-Peters on the contrary remembers: "deeply perceived interaction experiences", "a new women ideal" and "the vision of a radiating rising sun".

Sternheim-Peters has some lectures and gets enthusiastic letters from readers of her age: Indeed, that is how it was. But the great success fails to appear – also to the surprise of Arno Klönnes. The Paderborn professor, who with "Jugend im Dritten Reich" (Youth in the Third Reich) wrote a standard work, read Sternheim-Peters’ manuscript already early. On the telephone he says, he had been impressed. "The attractiveness of the Nazi movement is otherwise passed over in silence." It was also Klönne who established the contact to the first publisher. That it so foundered in the public perception is according to his opinion that it contains a truth the Germans are ashamed of. "That the Nazis possessed attraction one does not like to hear. One rather explains their success with outer pressures. But that is nonsense when one wants to inform."

In the "Taz" the political writer Arno Widmann calls the book "one of the most important" about National Socialism. "Hardly any other makes the deception and self-deception of Germans so clear than this." And in the "Tagesspiegel" the former feuilleton boss Heinz Ohff writes: "Even members of a generation, who spent their childhood in the Third Reich, have to admit that the authenticity of this description astonishes me, distresses me and has made me think."


Have now these two ladies, the writer of the article and the author Eva Sternheim-Peters, learned something from this matter, or have they furthermore participated with the deception and self-deception of Germans and still do it today?

Their belonging to, for once to the newspaper "Tagesspiegel", which published this article, and otherwise to the university where taught, infer that both of them have furthermore participated in the deception and self-deception of Germans and still do it today.

The newspaper has, in the years following the Hitler dictatorship, in the dictatorship of Stalin, represented the common political correct ideology that anti-communism is wrong and was therefore a tool of Stalin and a useful idiot of him and the university was, during the Stalin dictatorship, above all represented through one personality, Dutschke, a direct champion for Stalinism.

And today these two ladies live in the third dictatorship of Germany, of the greatest Stalinist, Obama, and his Gauleiter for Europe, Merkel.

It is the old story. They fight against something bad out of the past and are very proud about it and with the bad of the presence they fully participate and not only fully participate but enthusiastically rush along with.

What is now the result? The majority of Germans supported Hitler and the majority of Germans, also in West Germany, supported Stalin and his successors, and the majority of Germans today support Obama and his politics of world domination and Merkel and her politics of the putsch in the Ukraine.

In the past they enthusiastically rushed along with Hitler and Stalin, and now they do the same with Obama.


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