“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana


“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1973


Day 249 of Hitler’s Chancellorship (Germany)

“Mr. Crane…was enthusiastic about his Hitler interview…Crane found Hitler simple, enthusiastic, bent on stirring the German people to passionate self-confidence and wanting in knowledge of foreign problems. This is the same story I have heard again and again.” William E. Dodd, United States Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Dodd’s Diaries, October 5, 1933