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Below are excerpts from Henry Cassel’s insightful 20-page autobiography:
..”Many influential people who never became Nazis helped Hitler’s rise. The look back at 1933 should be directed at this widespread behaviour that sprang from sympathy, opportunism, career ambitions, fear, poor judgment, belief if a fuhrer, and many other factors.
.. “Nobody realized what was in stock. Hitler knew he had legally assumed the seat of power which he was supposed to share with other rightist parties. And, it didn’t take long for him to make himself absolute ruler. He set fire to the Reichstag (the Parliament Building) blaming a Dutch Communist, who was executed without trial, and then he banned the Communist party.
..”This laissez-faire attitude, thus giving respectability, allowed Hitler to develop his plans. The Jewish citizens, with apparent mobility – at least at that time – still felt secure.
…”280, 000 Jews had left Germany by 1939, (12,000 were already in concentration camps –a few who had valid entry permits to other countries, however, were released). This was before the “final solution” i.e., before systematic extermination actually began. The U.S. had accepted 140,000 refugees from 1933 to 1938, an average of not quite 24,000 annually, not filling its annual quotas. And in 1939, after the worst of all pogroms ( the crystal night in November 1938) , the US administration still did not enlarge the set quota.”
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