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Does everyone cringe at the words written on the signs at this American protest that took place in 1933?

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  • That was the majority viewpoint, to stay out of European wars.
    Richard D · 0 0
  • There were Nazi sympathizers in the U.S. prior to WWII, and considering there were a large anti-semetism and anti-Catholic sentiment at the time, this was no surprise. However, Germany was a fascist nation hellbent on taking over Europe and launched its attacks on Poland and other countries in order to unite the continent under its Aryan ideology and for the German people, which was completely why we were against Germany in the first place. I don't think this was 1933, since Hitler wasn't clearly a threat to everyone at the time until a few years later.
    MajorArmedMan · 2 2
  • Not really. Hitler had just become the Chancellor. It was The Enabling Act of 1933 that gave Hitler plenary powers to pass laws without the backing of the Reichstag.
    SRB101 · 3 0
  • For one, you automatically lose whatever argument you were hoping to win when you use words like 'everyone, no one, always, never.' There are exceptions to almost everything.

    Next, that photo was not taken in 1933. Few Americans had even heard of Hitler in 1933. Additionally, the photo lacks context. Who and where were the protestors?

    People who understand what happened in history and understand that no major event had a single cause, that there were numerous small influencing factors, do not cringe when they see pictures of historical events. They simply recognize that they took place. Few people alive today can recognize anyone in that photo and so could say they know for a fact that any of those people, probably from the 1936-1941 period, knew anything of Hitler and his fellow Nazis true intentions and would not be horrified by the truth. It's easy to sit back from a distance of 80 years and make judgements of people you know nothing about, based on seeing a single photo.
    curtisports2 · 2 2
  • Beware ethnocentrism, which has been spreading steadily with the internet. Those people lived in the 1930's, not 2019. One would think we don't need to say that it was a different time and place but is seems that we do.
    John · 2 4