NYT: Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded

Via Vox and Cory Doctorow in BoingBoing, this from The New York Times:

Several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic, and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes.

You can’t expect the masses to understand or appreciate your finer real aims. You must feed the masses with cruder morsels and ideas like anti-Semitism. It would be politically all wrong to tell them the truth about where you really are leading them.

Billmon (in a since deleted tweet) parodied the NYT’s then tone perfectly: “Obscure Corporal Rises From Beer Hall Eccentric to an Important Voice on the Political Scene”.

 

 

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