An ex-Nazi evaluates the anti-Jewish aspect of National Socialism, 1939
The author of the following passage, Hermann Rauschning (1887-1982), joined the Nazi Party in 1932 but resigned in 1934, put off in part by antiJewish agitation. He became a refugee in 1937, settling in Great Britain in 1938 before moving to the United States in 1941. His writings after leaving Germany became staples of anti-Nazi propaganda in the West. They helped to popularize the image of Hitler as a man devoid of ideas, interested solely in power for its own sake. That image received its most famous incarnation in Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 ﬁ lm, The Great Dictator, but subsequent scholarship has shown that Hitler had a far more developed and original world view than Rauschning understood.