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Margit Gabriella Lujza Thyssen
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Born 1911-06-21
Died 1989-09-15
Father Heinrich Thyssen
Mother Margit Bornemisza
German industrialist and Nazi sympathizer. Shared her castle with the Nazi SS.
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Her father baron Heinrich Thyssen gives his daughter control of a castle in Rechnitz, Hungary. Researcher David Litchfield states this was because of the foreshadowing of Hitler and his looming war.
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Six hundred Jews and Gypsies were sent to live in the cellars of the castle that belonged to Margit Thyssen. They were used as forced labor to ready fortifications for the Nazi army in preparation for the advancing Russian army. When the Russians were 15 Kilometers away and it was apparent that the German army could not hold them back Margit Thyssen throws a party. Invited to the party were top Nazis including SS, Gestapo and Hitler Youth. Around midnight they took around 200 Jews that were so malnourished they could no longer work and put them into a store room in a near by barn where the Nazi guests including Margit proceeded to shoot and torture the people to death. Fifteen prisoners were forced to dig the graves, and once the graves were dug and filled with those murdered from the party the night before the grave diggers were shot and buried with them.
Of these the most influential is what is called "education." Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part. What is essential in mass psychology is the art of persuasion. If you compare a speech of Hitler's with a speech of Edmund Burke, you will see what strides have been made in the art since the eighteenth century. What went wrong formerly was that people had read in books that man is a rational animal, and framed their arguments on this hypothesis. We now know that limelight and a brass band do more to persuade than can be done by the most elegant train of syllogisms. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if the can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.
-Bertrand Russell