Through This Ravine He Did Come

Yesterday I talked about how perspective changes ones view of things. This essay is another example of the phenomenon.

No matter what my perspective was, I would enjoy the writing of The Messiah In The Sportpalast. It is every thing I like my reporting to be. It is biting, witty, literate, and truthful without the pretense of objectivity that causes so much of modern reporting to fall flat in the written word. You just don’t get many written accounts of contemporary events like this any more, and that’s a shame.

Better yet, the essay holds up remarkably well, considering that we’re now judging it with hindsight. The people it names out as being the ones to watch were indeed the ones to watch (at least at that dog and pony show). The people it calls dumb are people history has more or less forgotten.

And given that the essay holds up so well, it is fascinating to read an account from someone who was actually there and who seems to have seen clearly.

And yet, hindsight still shows us how much the author of this essay did not see. Could not see. Perhaps did not want to see.

In the fourth section of the essay, he mocks the “messiah’s” claim to be relentlessly marching on towards total power. Later on, he doubts that the “messiah’s” support will ever rise above 20% of the total population.

But the day after the essay was written, Hitler was appointed Chancellor.

2 Responses to “Through This Ravine He Did Come”

  1. Rundy says:

    Excellent writing.

  2. Ape Man says:

    You know what amazes me the most about it?

    It is a translation. It was originally written in Hungarian.

    It strikes me as being very amazing that something come come across as being so well written even after being translated.

    Granted some of the credit for this must go to the translator. But there are very few works in any language that come across so well in another language no matter who the translator is.

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