Continuing: Siemens further notes head of the German govt “personally requested” govt prosecutors “the Boxheim scandal with care and to avoid drastic judicial action ... in order to calm down the liberal and Socialist press that was determined to expose the Nazi doublespeak.”17/n
⬆️ The DOJ draggin’ its feet, even back then.
And it gets worse: 18/n
Siemens continues by describing how the boundary between the brownshirts' political activity and actual criminality increasingly blurred. The kicker: 19/n
“Although the [brownshirt’s] leader repeated, mantra-like, in public speeches that stormtroopers were not allowed to carry arms and would resort to physical violence only for legitimate self-defense, it was an OPEN SECRET that the truth was often quite different.” 20/n
“[V]iolent ‘politics of the streets’, criminal behaviour, and SA student activism were increasingly interrelated [and] were a vital element of the officially sanctioned NSDAP street politics of the early 1930s. 21/n
👉 “Those who 'rule[d| the street' would sooner or later also come to political power, as leading Nazis repeatedly argued.” 22/n
"In turn, this political strategy meant that every kind of public violence could now be elevated to a political act and praised as a further contribution to the final goal of abolishing the Republic....” 23/n
“The SA had demonstrated that ... anti-democratic hate [was] no longer confined to beer halls and other venues of limited respectability, but that the party was strong enough to 'rule' even the most respectable streets in the nation's capital if only for an hour.”24/n
So with Childers/Wiess and Seimens, there you have it. A lost election. Violence planned at the very highest level, and denials of such planning. Govt suppression of the terror and successful prosecution of malfeasants. 25/n
Yet just six months later, on February 1, 1933, Hitler was to give his inaugural radio speech as Chancellor, and utilized political violence to consolidate his power. Instructive, ain’t it, #January6Committee 26/n
The ultimate success of the Nazis’ unsuccessful political violence that had been undertaken to reverse a lost election does not augur well. #CallThemByTheirName #HATH #We_Are_Gonna_Need_A_Bigger_Spandau 27/27

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