Using all the sources,
videos on the website and texts write an empathy account of a Nazi
meeting held in March 1932.
You are a journalist. It is
late in the evening and you have just returned home from a Nazi Party
rally. You have to write an article ready for tomorrow’s paper. You have
witnessed Hitler speak and interviewed one individual who you are going
to write about in your article. The person you interviewed is the same
one who wrote a letter to a friend in America nearly 10 years ago. As a
consequence of the meeting they have decided that in future they will
vote for the Nazis. In your article you hope to explain why.
Good empathy is imaginative
but always based on fact. It is not fiction but rather ‘faction’. You
live in Hamburg and the meeting you attended was on the 23rd of March.
Good empathy seeks to do more than describe events as they are
witnessed. Description is important but empathy also attempts to “step
into the shoes” of someone who might has lived in the past. This means
explaining attitudes and emotions in a convincing way. The videos should
be able to help you do this. The scene from Cabaret is excellent at
capturing the atmosphere and emotion of crowd mentality.
The reasons for their
conversion are complex and not everything that the Nazis stand for
appeals to them. They have hopes and fears. In your explanation of why
they are now going to support Hitler remember to refer to more than just
the evening’s events. Hitler did give a great speech but their
experiences of the last three years have also been important. Again see
the video on the fatal attraction of Hitler and the interview with the
elderly former social worker. Read about the impact of the Depression on
German people in Walsh 152-55.