When reading about Berlin in the 1930s, I wonder why people weren’t more resistant to the rise of orchestrated violence committed by the state against large sub-sects of German society. You could find entire books dedicated to the subject, but Niemöller’s poem ‘First They Came…‘ sums it up fairly succinctly.
However, I learnt today that there was an enormous amount of domestic resistance to Nazism by Germans. Between 1933 and Hitler’s suicide in 1945, 3 million Germans (nearly a tenth of the population at the time) spent months in prisons or concentration camps for their resistance activities, with execution also common.
I don’t know what I’m more surpised at; the fact that there were so many, or that I only just found out.