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In the final minutes of Ep. 5 of #TheFamilyNetflix, we see a photo of founder Abraham Vereide with a very large bald man. That's Gustav Adolf-Gedat, a German perhaps second only to Vereide in the 50s despite what Vereide was warned were Gedat's "former Nazi connections."
Gedat was a towering man, his shoulders sharp and so broad that his hairless head looked like a boiled egg made to stand on its narrow end between them. His face was made for sternness and his soul for discipline.
At war’s end, Gedat was a "staatsfiend," declared an enemy of the Nazi regime, and on this basis he built a brilliant postwar career, not to mention a castle in the Black Forest, built w/ funds from the Americans, eager to support "good Germans." #TheFamilyNetflix
#TheFamily founder wrote only one letter about Gedat's "former Nazi connections and publications." The reply, from a former Nazi propagandist, satisfied #TheFamily: Gedat had merely tried to find "a synthesis between the [Nazi] party & Christianity." They thought that was great.
#TheFamily described those postwar church leaders who denounced their "brother" Gedat for his former Nazi sympathies as "tools of Satan." Forgiveness, they preached, was forgetting.
So #theFamily chose to forgive and forget their German leader's 1930s speeches on Jews and "materialism," his claim that "God ordered hunters" -- the Germans -- "to chase Jews where God wants them." #TheFamilyNetflix
To be clear, while many of the postwar German members of #TheFamily had been Nazis, only a few of the Americans were declared fascists. Most preferred to simply ignore the past, to forgive & forget the sins of their new "brothers. Forgiveness & forgetting are not the same thing.
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