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The fear of 1933 Germany (quote)

Germans grew reluctant to stay in communal ski lodges, fearing they might talk in their sleep. They postponed surgeries because of the lip-loosening effects of anesthetic. Dreams reflected the ambient anxiety. One German dreamed that an SA man came to his home and opened the door to his oven, which then repeated every negative remark the household had made against the government.

One third of all Jews surveyed at the time had “constant fear of arrest” and many other Germans felt that things were normal once you accepted the atypical presence and actions of the Nazi regime. 

The above quote is from page two-hundred twenty-four of Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts.

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