Tag Archives: Fascism

1933: Dreams of the Third Reich

A selection from Charlotte Beradt’s Dreams of the Third Reich. Beradt was a journalist in Germany when Hitler took power and, inspired by the first dream below “set out to collect the dreams the Nazi regime had generated”—which she did … Continue reading

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1945: With These Blows of My Hammer

On September 14, 1945, trade unionist Paul Bebert, a former concentration camp prisoner, destroyed the swastikas that Nazis has affixed to union offices in Hamburg. He read this statement to the crowd: With these blows of my hammer I will … Continue reading

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1943: Self-Portrait

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Heinz Geiringer was a Jewish teenager in Amsterdam when the Nazis invaded the city in 1940. For two years, the family lived in hiding, with Heinz’s sister and mother separating from him and … Continue reading

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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1946: Fight That Man!

The Challenger—a tough-talking comic book hero from the 1940’s who fights fascism at home: “The man who wants to smash the unions or attack racial or religious minorities is a fascist! Never forget that, and never forget to fight that … Continue reading

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1991: Time’s Arrow

In Martin Amis’s 1991 novel, Time’s Arrow, time flows backwards. It’s not simply that the events are narrated in reverse order; rather, it’s as if the characters were in a film being show in reverse. Here’s how eating works, for … Continue reading

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1944: World’s Most Beautiful Leg

Nazi Propaganda Poster (1944)

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