Thinking back to the beginning of the Second World War – exactly 80 years ago – nowadays we often hear, “never again.” I understand the consoling intent, but I am not convinced.
I ask myself this question: Why were totalitarian regimes so appealing?
My response is that the majority of public opinion felt the following: 1) it was not bad to deny someone’s rights, 2) the right to a future passes through oppression and “hunting” someone, 3) being anti-totalitarian and anti-Semitic at the same time was not a contradiction.
And I wonder: Why?
*David Bidussa is a historian of social ideas.