In The Garden Of Beast is a fascinating story of Ambassador Dodd who was our American Ambassador to Germany living in Berlin over the years of Hitler’s rise to power. He and his family were living in the middle of pure evil, “The Garden Of Beasts”. He could see what was happening first hand and recognized it for what it was even though he was not one early to sound the alarm. Although as it turns out Ambassador Dodd was ostracized and not liked by many for his seeing and speaking the truth. Eventually that even cost him his position. Most striking about this story is how many around the world, in the US, and even right there in Berlin could see what was really happening with Hitler’s rise, while many others didn’t see it at all. Some where even cheering Hitler and his evil doers on.
This history has frightening parallels to our current time when some see what’s going on here in the US with rapid destruction of the Constitution and Liberty while others are completely ignorant. Many here today are even openly bragging about wanting to keep their head in the sand. Evil like Hitler came to power in small incremental steps that rapidly accelerated, resulting in a huge tragedy. His rise to power resulted in the world slipping into darkness, World War II, and countless lives lost. Hitler’s regime itself was responsible for murdering 12 million people including 6 million that were murdered just because they were Jewish.
This rise to power which has happened by many murderous tyrants throughout history can only happen due to their willingness to flat out lie and deceive. More importantly it depends on the willingness of the masses to be completely ignorant whether self imposed or not. Ignorance really is dangerous. Erik Larson tells this well researched and important piece of history in a gripping story like prose. I highly recommend this book. It’s one of many important pieces of history. As they say we are doomed to keep repeating it. That’s a huge price to pay for our self imposed ignorance. History is so important! HIT THE BOOKS, THEY DON’T HIT BACK!