Mirrors Of The Third Reich

Mirrors Of The Third Reich

“The departure from reality, which was visibly spreading like a contagion, was no peculiarity of the National Socialist Regime. But in normal circumstances people who turn their backs on reality are soon set straight by the mockery and criticism of those around them, which makes them aware they have lost credibility. In the Third Reich, there were no such correctives, especially for those who belonged to the upper stratum. On the contrary, every self deception was multiplied as in a hall of distorting mirrors, becoming a repeatedly confirmed picture of a fantastical dream world which no longer bore any relationship to the grim outside world…There were differences of degree in the flight from reality…But these differences shrink to nothing when we consider how remote all of us, the illusionists as well as the so-called realists, were from what was really going on.”

Albert Speer,  Reich Minister Of Armaments & War Production, from his prison cell in Nuremberg

 Quotation from Speer’s memoir, Inside The Third Reich