With the Nietzscheans of Naumburg

The old cathedral town of Naumburg, where Friedrich Nietzsche spent 12 of the first 18 and seven of the last ten years of his life, is located in the southeastern corner of the Land (province) of Sachsen-Anhalt, roughly halfway between Weimar and Leipzig. In late April and early May of 1945, this part of Germany was overrun by the fast-moving tanks of General Patton's Third Army. But the relief that many Saxons and Thuringians may have felt at being "liberated" from the Hitlerian yoke was short-lived; for two months later this entire area was evacuated by U.S. Army forces (against the advice of Winston Churchill), in accordance with the demarcation lines that had been proposed in London in 1944 and agreed to at the Yalta Conference of February 1945. Stalin and his goateed lackey, Walter Ulbricht, were thus able to impose their own totalitarian tyranny: one the hapless inhabitants of Mitteldeutschland were forced to endure for the next 44 years— which is to say, more than three times as long as the duration of the Nazi nightmare.

This helps to explain the "disturbingly high" percentage of votes (varying from 15 percent to 37 percent in different constituencies) cast by the inhabitants of the former DDR for the neocommunist PDS during the 1994 parliamentary elections. This was not, in my opinion, so much a vote in favor of the former, far-from-loved regime, as it was a vote of protest against the...

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