"A great majority of Germans remained faithful to their fuehrer, many of them to the end, and, it has to be admitted, quite a few even after the end. That, for a historian, is a puzzling situation. Stalin was feared by the Russiansadmired by only a section of the population. Roosevelt was hated by many people in America. Churchill was hated by many people in England. But in Germany, you find adoration of Hitler even after Stalingrad, even towards the end when everything was in ruins. The psychology of this I do not understand very well," - Saul Friedlaander, Dissent. It is the psychology of political theology, fused with unrestrained nationalism and hero-worship. And it's far more powerful than many seem now to believe.
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