There is a huge difference between the Nazis and the Trumpists.
Hitler hid his atrocities extremely well, while Trump prances with them.
Hitler raised Germany from the most chaotic situation of all industrialized countries to arguably the most prosperous nation, in just 6 short years.
He built affordable housing for workers, raised the quasi statutory annual paid holidays from 8 to 12 working days to 2 to 3 weeks.
When Goebbels gloated after receiving rousing applause for a speech in 1942: “The only people who are still opposing us are 3% idiots and criminals”, he was not far off in the percentage of opposition, but dead wrong about their quality.
With all this in the background it was easy to forget the “Kristallnacht”.
My family supported him and I cried when I heard of his death. I was one week away from turning 11 on the day Germany capitulated.
When those pictures from freed concentration camp inmates appeared my dad declared: “Those are fakes. We Germans do not to such things.”
Well it turned out, that “we Germans” did indeed do “such things”.
Trump and GOP supporters will not have the comfort to plead ignorance.