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The Man in the High Castle: Criticisms of Reality and Dictatorship by Philip K. Dick

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The Man in the High Castle: Criticisms of Reality and Dictatorship by Philip K. Dick

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” -Philip K. Dick

Botwinick writes in A History of the Holocaust, “The principle that resistance to evil was a moral duty did not exist for the vast majority of Germans. Not until the end of the war did men like Martin Niemoeller and Elie Wiesel arouse the world’s conscience to the realization that the bystander cannot escape guilt or shame” (pg. 45). In The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick writes of a world where Niemoeller and Wiesel’s voices never would have surfaced and in which Germany not only never would have repented for the Holocaust, but would have prided itself upon it. Dick writes of a world where this detached and guiltless attitude prevails globally, a world where America clung on to its isolationist policies, where the Axis powers obtained world domination and effectively wiped Jews from the surface, forcing all resistance and culture to the underground and allowing for those in the 1960’s Nazi world...

... middle of paper ... is invaluable to answering the question of whether or not it could happen again, whether or not humans could again cross the boundaries of “civilized” to “savage.” Dick constructs a reality that is both opposite and necessary to our own, one in which hate and oppression is not only law, but human tendency.

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Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. New York, New York: Vintage Books (Random House), 1990.

Botwinick, Rita Steinhardt. A History of the Holocaust. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

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