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Everyone likes to say Hitler did this and Hitler did that But the truth is Hitler did very little He was a world class tyrant but the evil actually done by the Third Reich from the death camps to WW2 was all done by German citizens who were afraid to question if what they were told by their government was the truth or not and who because they did not want to admit to themselves that they were afraid to question the government refused to see the truth behind the Reichstag Fire refused to see the invasion by Poland was a staged fake and followed Hitler into national disaster The German people of the late 1930s imagined themselves to be brave They saw themselves as the heroic Germans depicted by the Wagnerian Operas the descendants of the fierce Germanic warriors who had hunted wild boar with nothing but spears and who had defeated three of Romes mightiest legions in the Tuetenberg Forest But in truth by the 1930s the German people had become civilized and tamed culturally obsessed with fine details in both science and society Their self-image of bravery was both salve and slavery Germans were required to behave as if they were brave even when they were not Its easy to look back and realize what a jerk Hitler was But at the time Hitler looked pretty good to the German people with the help of the media He was TIME Magazines Man Of The Year in 1938 The German people assumed they were safe from a tyrant They lived in a Republic after all with strict laws regarding what the government could and more importantly could not do Their leader was a devoutly religious man and had even sung with the boys choir of a monastery in his youth The reality was that the German people as individuals had lost their courage The German
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