Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 2 March 17th, 1943
[Letter from European to Salient Vol. 6, No. 2 March 17th, 1943]
Dear Sir,—I must express my astonishment at "Gabriel's" not to say misinformation, but ignorance up to an unpardonable degree. If the purpose of the article was to make freshers think, I might add that indiscriminate thinking is just as detrimental as not thinking at all. Anyone who has done some elementary reading in Psychology and Political Science, would realise that the statement "It is . . . criminally foolish, to draw a distinction between the Nazi Party and the German people" has no reason whatsoever, logical or otherwise, of being a true picture of the Nazi-German people relationship.
Firstly, the most reliable sources of information on the workings of the Nazi Party, including Hitler's "Mein Kampf," tell us that the German people were never expected to adhere wholly to the Nazi Party, but they were to be approached and persuaded—by psychological and others means perhaps less gentle—to accept the Nazi doctrine.
Secondly, it is the main policy of the German Reich to reject all works of art, science and literature that do not make any contributions towards its political system.
These points prove that even the Nazis did not expect the German people to wholeheartedly support them and that the German public opinion cannot exist without supporting its rulers.
The truth will come out after the crumbling of the Third Reich, which is just as certain now as the crumbling of the Russian Imperialism was certain in 1916.