There Was Nothing We Could Do

Actually there was. One of the ways many Germans protested the Nazi seizure of power was a refusal to join the Nazi Party. Teachers, civil servants, even state railway officials were ordered to join the party but a number of brave men and women refused. Many lost their jobs, others were told they would never be promoted and they weren’t.

My father, a civil servant, had refused, under continuous pressure, to join the NSDAP (Nazi Party) and was therefore barred from promotion.

(Source: Enemy In the Dark: The Story of a Night-Fighter Pilot by Peter Spoden)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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