The Beginning

“Indeed, the extraordinary had happened. What few beyond the ranks of Nazi fanatics had thought possible less than a year earlier had become reality. Against all odds, Hitler’s aggressive obstinacy – born out of lack of alternatives – had paid off…a man with no credentials for running a sophisticated state-machine, practically his sole qualification the ability to muster the support of the nationalist masses whose base instincts he showed an unusually talent for rousing, had now been placed in charge of government of one of the leading states in Europe…

“A few took him at his word, and thought he was dangerous. But far, far more, from Right to Left of the political spectrum – conservatives, liberals, socialists, Communists – underrated his intentions and unscrupulous power instincts at the same time they scorned his abilities.”

– Ian Kershaw, Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris (London: Penguin, 1998), 423-424

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