How could a whole country have turned into Nazis?

How could a whole country have turned into Nazis?


What you need to know beforehand

Alice asks the question of how a whole country could have turned into Nazis in the Australia chapter of book 2.

For the story, I had to keep the answer short, but in the editing process, I collected a number of thoughts which you will find in the extended version below.

book version

‘Honestly,’ Lydia said. ‘I knew more than I admitted to myself. I played it down. Just a bit of fun. That’s the box I put it. Don’t be so serious. We’ve known each other for such a long time. But, but … I honestly had no idea about any of this,’ she said, stabbing the open folder with her index finger.
Alice nodded. ‘I sometimes wonder how a whole country could have turned into Nazis. But I guess many people turned a blind eye to what was happening. Or they felt good and secure in their own private bubble and played down what didn’t concern them directly. Maybe they found excuses for the things they didn’t want to think about. Or maybe they weren’t aware of how much their silence, disinterest and thoughtlessness empowered the Nazis.’

extended version

‘Honestly,’ Lydia said. ‘I knew more than I admitted to myself. I played it down. Just a bit of fun. That’s the box I put it. Don’t be so serious. We’ve known each other for such a long time. But, but … I honestly had no idea about any of this,’ she said, stabbing the open folder with her index finger.
Alice nodded. ‘I sometimes wonder how a whole country could have turned into Nazis. What convinced them? Where did the hatred come from? Where the enthusiasm?
But I guess, quite a few people turned a blind eye to what was happening. Who cares about politics anyway?
Or they felt good and secure in their own private bubble and played down what didn’t concern them directly. Why should they worry about anything so long as they were happy and content with their own life?
Or some found excuses for the things they didn’t want to think about. The people at the top couldn’t get everything wrong, could they? And critics always exaggerated. Critics were always out for attention. And they always thought they were better than others. Why would anyone listen to them?
Or maybe others found justification for what was happening. Those people who were sent to the concentration camps, they must have done something wrong, don’t you think? And shouldn’t they be grateful that someone took care of them?
Or others were so frustrated with former governments that the simplistic polarisation finally gave them something they could understand. A simply enemy is such a great distracting from personal shortcomings and even failures.
Or some found excuses why they couldn’t do anything about the horrors the Nazis unleashed. I mean who has the time to think? There’s always so much to do.
Or they were simply cowards who rather adapted than to think and act for themselves.
Or maybe, some weren’t aware of how much their silence, disinterest and thoughtlessness empowered the Nazis.
And I wonder what role misinformation and defensiveness played in all of this. Stories and rumours spread, fear fuelled, monsters painted.’

Unfortunately the text works just as well if you replace Nazis with climate deniers or exploitative corporations or data hungry tech giants or short-sighted politicians or populists.

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