A man who lived through Hitler’s Germany is speaking out about the frightening similarities he sees in the political rise of President-elect Donald Trump and that of German dictator, and what he believes the future will hold for the United States.
Franz W. Wassermann, a 92-year-old retired psychiatrist from Seattle, decided to share his tale of life in Nazi Germany in hopes of others recognizing the similarities before it is too late.
“I was born in Munich, Germany, in 1920. I lived there during the rise of the Nazi Party and left for the U.S.A. in 1938.
The main elements of the Nazi regime were the suppression of dissent, the purging of the dissenters and undesirables, the persecution of communists, Jews and homosexuals and the ideals of the Aryans as the master race.
The policies started immediately after Hitler came to power, at first out of sight but escalated gradually, leading to the Second World War and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, most Germans were lulled into complacency by all sorts of wonderful projects and benefits.”
Wasserman notes that, as Hitler, Trump used racist populist outrage to gain power by playing on the base fears of voters, giving white supremacist groups a platform to voice their hatred while trying to control the press.”
“The Neo-Nazis and the KKK have become more prominent and get recognition in the press. We are all familiar with Trump’s remarks against all Muslims and all Mexicans. But there has not been anything as alarming as the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon has, apparently, made anti-Semitic remarks for years, has recently condemned Muslims and Jews, and he and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the pick as national security advisor, advocate the political and cultural superiority of the white race. At the same time, Trump is trying to control the press.
The placement of Bannon as Trump’s chief spinster and propagandist is indeed trouble. Bannon is akin to Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.
They both also made outrageous promises to citizens:
Trump has vowed to bring millions of jobs back to the United States without a tangible plan to do so. Trump also promised to repeal Obamacare with “something better” but he has not healthcare plan to replace the law. Wassermann continued his dissection
In closing his commentary Wassermann issued a plea for those reading to stand ever vigilant against Trump’s rise. He also asks for citizens to be prepared to fulfill their civic duties:
“We have to counter this trend toward Fascism in every way we can. Being alert to all manifestations in word and action. Alerting our representatives and urging them to act. Writing to newspapers. Making our friends aware. Demonstrating when appropriate.”
Rise up America! We cannot let the darkest period in history to repeat itself.