Aeneas and Anchises at the river Lethe

Aeneas wond'ring stood, then ask'd the cause
Which to the stream the crowding people draws.

"In Lethe's lake they long oblivion taste,
Of future life secure, forgetful of the past."

Origins 1960

Hannah Arendt on oblivion

"We can no longer afford to take that which was good in the past and simply call it our heritage, to discard the bad and simply think of it as a dead load which by itself time will bury in oblivion. The subterranean stream of Western history has finally come to the surface and usurped the dignity of our tradition. This is the reality in which we live. And this is why all efforts to escape from the grimness of the present into nostalgia for a still intact past, or into the anticipated oblivion of a better future, are vain." - Hannah Arendt, (1950)

The Emperor

The principle of loyalty and the preference for bad ministers

"His Majesty never made appointments on the basis of a person's talent, but always and exclusively on the basis of loyalty" (32). - "the King of Kings preferred bad ministers. And the King of Kings preferred them because he liked to appear in a favorable light by contrast. How could he show himself favorably if he were surrounded by good ministers? The people would be disoriented. Where would they look for help? On whose wisdom and kindness would they depend? Everyone would have been good and wise. What disorder would have broken out in the Empire then? Intead of one sun, fifty would be shining [...]. No, my dear friend, you cannot expose the people to such disastrous freedom. There can only be one sun." (Kapuscinski, The Emperor, p. 33).

Broszat, Collapse

Who has the ear of the ruler?

"the Weimar constitutional order had long ceased to be a parliamentary republic. Constitutional reality had meanwhile become orientated towards a single person, the octogenarian Paul von Hindenburg. It was these realities which turned the President's highly personal sentiments into a political factor of major proportions, the more so as his feelings could be easily influenced by people who had his ear" (Broszat, p. 109).


A refugee barrack is not a summer camp: Eine Flüchtlingsbaracke ist kein Erholungsheim

The noise in the room, the cries of the children, went on until nine-thirty or so. But it was never totally quiet. You can't keep children from crying deep in the night. I heard mothers whispering, trying to calm their little ones. But children and babies have their complaints, they weren't comfortable, they hadn't eaten well, or enough. And so the mothers, who had taken care of them all day, were robbed of their rest at night." (Döblin, Destiny's Journey, p. 94, German, p. 140: on life as a refugee in France, 1940.)

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