“Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews and Ordinary Germans”: Book review

Someone asked me the other day “Why are you reading that?”
The question is why you need to ask that question. Look around today and hear the things being said. Look at the elements of society galvanized by Trump in the US and Brexit in the UK – these elements are using these moments and these events as excuses and permissions. When Polish immigrants in Britain are being called “vermin,” how can we not compare this to the language used by the Nazis about the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s?
We read these detailed historical research books to ensure that at least some of us in society are attempting to maintain a bulwark against the kind of rampant ignorance that suggests “these things could never happen here.”
Eric A. Johnson’s thoroughly researched, if controversial and uncomfortable book, is an important addition to Holocaust studies, examining the relationship between the wider German population, the Gestapo, the functioning of the police state and Nazi terror.

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