History Repeating

I found an extremely interesting article: Goebbels’ former Nazi secretary has no regrets about her role in WWII

To break the article down, Brunhilde Pomsel was the former secretary of Joseph Goebbles, Reich Minister of Propaganda. In the article Brunhilde expresses how she had no regrets about her secretarial role, she was, in fact flatter.

(This is why you should all read the article)

The next part explained from Brunhilde herself (105 years old by the way). That it was part of the Propaganda’s “charm”…

“I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret.”

“Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis – I believe they are sincere in meaning that, but believe me, most of them wouldn’t have,” Pomsel said.

“The whole country was as if under a kind of a spell. I could open myself up to the accusations that I wasn’t interested in politics but the truth is, the idealism of youth might easily have led to you having your neck broken.”

I have to say…I believe her. I think about the media today, the people who are in control today and those people who are willingly to just believe anything a particular candidate says…Without saying anything. I read through the comments of a woman who railed racist abuse at an Spanish family. If you read the headline, you’d think this woman was randomly insane…HOWEVER (and I do not condone racism in any form.) She was yelling at this family because they had left their dog in the car on a 90+ degree day.

Ignoring what this woman said, which she apologised later for, and why she got upset. Throughout all the comments there were different news articles “proving” what the commenter or poster believed to be correct. How can you believe what really happened, when there are SO many different article saying different things? Fact vs Opinion – Lolsys Library

Does this article strike a chord with you? Can you think of any situation where this may be true these days?

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10 thoughts on “History Repeating

    1. Oh I’m not sympathetic towards her. I just thought it was interesting how she talked about being swept away with the “magic” and charismatic leader. How they didn’t think anything bad was going on … Just reminded me of a recent political situation,lol

  1. Very interesting! I wonder if current political figures – should they live that long themselves – will feel like she does when they’re her age.

    Then again, I’m still hoping that the political figure whom I’ve likened to Adolph Hitler in the past won’t get into power, so, hopefully, the situation will be different.

    (P.S. Not to be a stickler, but I think there’s a typo in the paragraph. I think the last word you meant to type “flattered” instead of “flatter.” I was a copyeditor in a former life, so I can’t help but notice these things!)

      1. Everyone had typos sometimes!! I hope my comment wasn’t out of line. I tend to speak/type before I think… & I type fast so I’m sure I make loads of mistakes.

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