In the Garden of Beasts

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In the Garden of Beasts

Connections to History The themes in this book connect to the end of the Russian Revolution, the beginning of the Soviet Union, and the reign of Stalin. This is because in both societies there was distrust among the people, and the government took away many rights from people. Also, the citizens of Russia and Germany were deeply confused with what was going on, and they decided it was better to sacrifice freedom on order to achieve safety.

Dodd become ambassador to Germany(June 1933)

Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany(January 1933)

The Dodd's arrive in Germany(July 1933)

The Nuremburg Laws (September 1935)

"Nonetheless the man (Hitler) had a remarkable ability to transform himself into something far more compelling, especially when speaking in public or during public meetings when some topic enraged him. He had a knack as well for projecting an aura of sincerity that blinded onlookers to his true motives and beliefs"

"He had learned that a draft exsisted of a new law that would effectively deprive Jews of their citizenship and all civil rights. Germany's Jews, he wrote, "look upon this proposed law as the most serious moral blow which could be delivered to them, They have and are being deprived of practically all means of making a livelyhood and understand that the new citizenship law is to practically deprive them of all civil rights."

Anti-Semitism is a major theme of the novel and Larson reveals the widespread hatred towards the Jews not only in Europe but in the U.S. as well. German Jews lost their jobs and were unable to find new jobs to suppport their families. Larson described a "parade" that Marhta Dodd witnesed, where Nazis held up a Aryan woman and taunted her because she had married a Jewish man. In America, The Labor Department limited the amount of visas given to Semites to "10% of the total allowed by each nations quota".Charles Crane, a American philanthropist, even stated that "the Jews had held a great many more of the key positions in Germany thn their numbers or their talents entitled them to". Even in America, Jews were being degraded and criticized. The Jews couldn't escape the dark cloud of indifference, hatred, and anger that surrounded their lives.

Throughout the novel Larson made it clear that people didn't know the seriousness of the growing Third Reich or their plans for Germany. A Jewish writer stated that "Hardly anyone thought that the threats made against the Jews were meant seriously.", showing the utter indifference towards the Jews and their situation and also, how the public underestimated Hitler and the Nazi power. Some people even chose to ignore the looming threat of the Nazi party, including America, believeing Hitler's promises of peace and prosperity. It was also clear that the Nazi party wasn't as popular as one might originall percieve. In reality some German citizens, such as Bella Fromm and Mildred, who Marhta Dodd befriended, were against the Nazi party. The Thired Reich did cover up all of the dislike of their party and killed all protested their rule. Hitler was willing to to anything to keep up the appearance of a stronghold on Germany.

In the Garden of BeastsBy: Erik Larson

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