Remember that word! The German people after WWI were in dire need, they were forced to make reparations to the Victors of the War and the Great Depression was beginning. Adolf Hitler, a little know member of the Nazi party had tried to overthrow the government and had been sentenced to nine months in prison, during which time he wrote, Mein Kemp. After being released from prison he realized that trying to overthrow the DEMOCRATIC government of Germany by violent means would not be possible without the help of the military and that was not going to happen. So he formulated the plan to join the political machine and take over the country from the inside. “…Instead of working to achieve power by an armed coup we shall have to hold our noses and enter the Reich-stag against the Catholic and Marxist deputies. If outvoting them takes longer than out-shooting them, at least the results will be guaranteed by their own Constitution! Any lawful process is slow. But sooner or later we shall have a majority – and after that Germany.” – Hitler stated while in prison.
Things got somewhat better because of big business from the United States that had granted loans to Germany and had gotten their reprerations lowered, so many Germans became content with the status-quo. While this was going on the Nazi organization became so big that it organized itself into a National organization that would run the country when the Democracy was dissolved.
Cutting to the chase, Hitler and the Nazi party took power through the electoral process and soon began to dismantle the democracy. Here’s where the word Ethnocentrism comes into play, most Germans were content, they had elected the Nazis into power and the Great Germany of years past was once again on it’s way to becoming the greatest country in the World! Some had heard rumors of the Jewish death camps, but surely that couldn’t be true, after all, theirs country would never be involved in anything like that, no those were lies that misfits and poor losers were spreading. Remember the media is in the control of the Nazi party. The country is building up it’s war machine and the economy becomes robust. What a great future! We know how this story comes out, so when you read the entries further down, don’t lose sight of the word, ethnocentrism and what it can hid.