From the Director

American Democracy at the Crossroads

In 1935, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propagandist and promoter of violence, gave a speech at the Annual conference of the Nazi Party in which he took issue with an anonymous writer of an English newspaper who compared National Socialism to Bolshevism and identified their commonalities. The commonalities included attacks on the media, literature, and the intelligentsia, as well as the mass display of arms by their respective members. Goebbels emphasized the differences between the two regimes, attacking Jewish-led communism as the “world’s greatest enemy” while promoting the virtues of Nazism. He further emphasized that Bolshevism was a Jewish-led threat to the world. In retrospect the world knows that Nazism was a fascist regime grounded in scientific racism, antisemitism, and authoritarianism that caused WWII and killed millions of people, including the state-sponsored murder of 6 million Jews.

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