|A Personal Journey Through Germany's World Wars and Postwar
Yearsby Dorothea von Schwanenflügel Lawson
highly recommend the book!...very easy to read, very well written.
The historical background is very good and much appreciated. It
gave me a much better understanding of the past. Once I started
to read, I couldn't put it down till I finished!"
H. Hoppe, Muscatine, Iowa
HELL BREAKS LOOSE
Nazis were masters of concealment and brainwashing,
as evidenced by the fact that the outside world knew more
about the terrible occurrences that took place under Hitler's
command than we did. People never knew what kind of person
he really was. On different occasions he defied the Versailles
Treaty, which was overlooked by the Allies. They realized
that the unjust terms of the Versailles Treaty was the
cause of Germany's economic chaos, and were impressed
how rapidly Hitler had reduced the massive unemployment
in his first few years of power. Millions, and not only
Germans, had been under his spell, and in later years
his personal magnetism was often discussed, but never
understood. (Wedding photo of 1942 - above.)
The war was
only six weeks old when Goebbels introduced our first
national Socialist welfare war relief action which was
a compulsory charity for helping the poor during the cold
winter. At a huge rally in Berlin on October 10, 1939,
in the Sports Palace, the gathering place for famous Nazi
Party conventions, he screamed over the loudspeakers,
"Nobody should starve or freeze!", which the
people immediately turned into: "Nobody should starve
without freezing." We knew that the Nazis were not
concerned about the public welfare, despite their empty
clichés, but rather, how much money they could collect.
that street collections would begin using boxes with
the slogan "a dime for the poor". What poor?
We did not understand who these poor people were because
the Nazis had continually told us that everybody had employment
with a good income. The next action was to declare the
first Sunday of every month as Eintopfsonntag,
a simple soup Sunday. On that day we were supposed to
eat sparingly and make generous monetary contributions
instead. The same applied to restaurants where you were
supposed to eat sparingly but pay for a full price meal
as a supplemental donation.
There were numerous
ruthless fund raising schemes for obscure purposes.
The workers' true wages were continually shrinking because
pay raises on paper were immediately consumed by drastically
increased deductions of pay for "voluntary"
contributions, while their pressure of work had increased
toiling for the Fatherland. As usual, the people reciprocated
immediately with a new cynical joke:
Göring and Goebbels request a typical German meal
in a country inn. They are served a simple soup, which
they eat reluctantly. Upon leaving the inn, they notice
a common worker enjoying his sumptuous meal. Amazed,
they inquire curiously how he could afford something
as splendid as that. The man smiles cunningly, "Somebody
in payroll made a mistake and paid me my deductions
instead of my net pay!"
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