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Friedrich Julius Stahl
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Konservative Staatslehre und geschichtliche Entwicklung
Introductory remarks on Drucker's essay
Peter Drucker recognized the danger of the National Socialists at an early date, and already at the end of the twenties he warned of their takeover. In his autobiography, Adventures of a Bystander, he describes a conversation he had on this issue in spring 1932 with Berthold Freyberg, his closest friend. Drucker writes that he suddenly heard himself say: "One thing I do know, Berthold. If the Nazis come to power, I shan't stay in Germany." At that time Drucker was writing for a Frankfurt newspaper and various magazines and had begun to teach in law faculty of Frankfurt University. "When I realized that I would leave upon Hitler's coming to power - and also that I expected that to happen - I did not, of course, stop doing all these things. I did hope aganist hope. After all, it was not entirely wishful thinking in 1932 to believe that the Nazi wave was cresting; the Nazi vote actually did fall with every successive election."