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RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom

  • 09/13/2020
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom

RET Skeptic Book Club

Sunday 4:00 - 6:00 pm

September 13, 2020    Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 pm                    

Video conference meeting using zoom

The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic

by Benjamin Carter Hett 

Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time.  To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. He would never have come to power if Germany’s leading politicians had not responded to a spate of populist insurgencies by trying to co-opt him, a strategy that backed them into a corner from which the only way out was to bring the Nazis in. Hett lays bare the misguided confidence of conservative politicians who believed that Hitler and his followers would willingly support them, not recognizing that their efforts to use the Nazis actually played into Hitler’s hands. They had willingly given him the tools to turn Germany into a vicious dictatorship.  Benjamin Carter Hett is a leading scholar of twentieth-century Germany and a gifted storyteller whose portraits of these feckless politicians show how fragile democracy can be when those in power do not respect it. He offers a powerful lesson for today, when democracy once again finds itself embattled and the siren song of strongmen sounds ever louder. 


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Topic: Skeptics Book Club

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