How to See the Future
Upon reading Katharine Burdekin’s novel Swastika Night, I felt a chill run down my spine while relaying the events that transpired during, and before the story’s setting. In it, it is the future of a Nazi world regime, where the Jews have been exterminated, Hitlerism (or Hitler-worship) has replaced all religions, especially Christianity, and there is a National hierarchy that devalues human life, even of German-born citizens (especially women). Looking back on this merely from hindsight, it’s nothing really surprising, in the fact that similar events have actually happened in the past, so it would have been natural to write the novel after the fact. What really made her book stand out in particular, was that it was published in 1937, two good years BEFORE the beginning of World War II, and the subsequent events that came out of it (Semitic concentration camps, and Nazi-Life celebrations) in 1939: giving her a seemingly prophetic view of Nazi Germany’s future.was she the next Nostradamus? not exactly. Katharine Burdekin is one of a few special people who has foresight, or the ability to think ahead the outcomes of an event, and speculate what may occur further down into history based upon analyzing current events and ideals of Germany (I call this ability “special” because many people have a lack of thinking beyond their actions). But how could she possibly take into account all these events with near-impeccable similarities? First off, all she had to do was measure the level of fanaticism within the Nazi state, and look to their already-established societal-feelings of the country. Prior to her novel being written, the Nazis took on a massive book-burning in 1933 to “preserve German ideals from the corruption of the outside world”, which actually degraded their own educational freedoms and isolating themselves in the process. Using this blind ignorance and pride, Burdekin applied a similar fanaticism to German anti-Semitic feelings, and to their Aryan-masculine Superiority complex, and viola! she was able to closely predict the Nazis’ actions in her book. Much more recently, authors have used similar tactics to write government and Sci-Fi thrillers that are akin to the governments or situations of that time, paying close attention to any suspicious activity.