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Lessons from Goebbels and Charlottesville

It was sheer coincidence.

I was reading a book entitled, "Goebbels: Ballantine's Illustrated History of the Violent Century," written by Alan Wykes. The book was lent to me by Robert Ochsenhirt of Williamsburg, who has a library consisting of more than 1,000 books, all on history.

The volume described in great detail Adolph Hitler's rise to power and Joseph Goebbels' role in it. Wykes quotes extensively from Goebbels' private diaries where he outlines how he intends to attract attention to the embryonic Nazi group in Berlin, where he served as "Gauleiter" (District Leader).

"There is no more effective way of attracting attention than by...