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*Image: Magdeburger Ehrenmal (Magdeburg Memorial) by Ernst Barlach [Cathedral of Saints Maurice and Catherine, Magdeburg, Germany]. Designed as a WWI memorial sculpture for the Cathedral, Barlach’s work was considered decadent by the Nazis, who vowed to destroy it. Friends of Barlach were able to hide the sculpture until after the war, when it was returned to the Magdeburg Cathedral.

By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 11, 2022

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America and, most recently, Three Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist.

In Germany during the 1920s and early ‘30s Hitler and his Nazis pursued a clever strategy on their road to power.  Relying principally on their Storm Troopers (the “Brownshirts”), they promoted violence and disorder in society, especially by attacking Communists and Socialists, who often retaliated, thus expanding the disorder.  Then the Nazis deplored this social disorder, the disorder they themselves had largely created, and they promised that they would put an end to it once they came to power.  And they kept their promise – by banning the Communist and Socialist parties and by incarcerating members of those parties in concentration camps. …

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