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Book Review: Defeating the Totalitarian Lie

November 13, 2009

Defeating the Totalitarian Lie by Hilmar von Campe, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9815091-9-8.

I had read about this book last fall when it was first released and, reading about it again recently, finally bought it and read it.  I am certainly glad I did.

von Campe was forced to join the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) as an adolescent.  Not a Nazi, he nevertheless fought what he believed was a patriotic war for Germany.  After the war he came to realize the enormity of the crimes perpetrated by the German people in the name of National Socialism–and how the National Socialist Party fooled the German people into going along with it.

He became–in his words–a true Christian and joined movements for peace and reconciliation.  He worked for them for over twenty years before becoming an entrepreneur and factory owner in Mexico; now he lives in the United States.   Reading his background, one could easily believe he became a “peacenik” or some kind of radical anti-war leftist of the Code Pink variety.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

And truth is his main theme.  He faced the brutal truth of his and his country’s Nazi past.  He understands the truth of Marxist socialism as well and tells us how it is simply a variety of the same totalitarianism that motivated the Nazis.  The same for radical Islam.  All are equivalent forms of totalitarianism: what Mark Levin has called “statism;” the elevation of the state over the individual.

He believes that America today is moving in the direction of totalitarianism and he shows us how and why.  It is a sobering analysis.  What can overcome this march toward socialism?  According to von Campe: only truth, embodied in moral renewal, and our love of freedom.

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Very highly recommended.


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