I am finishing up the last book in Richard J Evans’ trilogy on the history of the Third Reich and one of the most striking things I find about his narrative is the way it eerily presents some of the fixtures of post-war West Germany and later the reunified Germany. In essence what I mean is the way that when the more conservative historical fixtures of society saw that the war would end soon and that Nazism was not easily defeated by internal agencies, they laid in wait until the postwar era in order to ‘revitalize’ Germany through a platform that appealed to natural social-Christian elements of the prewar period. Namely these involved the reintroduction of conservative Catholic or Protestant Christian idealism paired with a fairly large objection to secularism or state monopoly.

Viewed through this lens, I think the post-war Chrisian conservative attraction to the populous a large makes a lot of sense. after ~10 years of a rigidly secular or quasi-occultist nationalism, the return to a ‘previous’ Germany that was almost entirely obliterated by war, famine and genocide is understandably attractive.