Hitler rose to power and then tracked down countless people and slaughtered them. Why did the people not resist the military? What happened ? Could this same tactic or scheme be used today ? Are you seeing any approaches today that resemble what Hitler did ?
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Well said. You do have savvy.
You got it Thief12.
A fascinating approasch to the question.
So the military can always be trusted to do the right thing?
Not all Germans bought the idea of superiority. It was tempting though after the loses put upon them. Hitler failed a number of times to gain power. He was eventually successful. In one attempt to gain power through force he was captured, jailed.
Thats right. And the Germans did not like the Jews. Thousands were murdered in the Crusades, thousands were murdered during the Black Death, and succesive governments placed heavy taxes on them.
LONG BEFORE HITLER.
You seem to have this thing against all Germans, ikepius. The Crusades made killing Jews throughout Europe popular and not just in Germany. It was in England and also in Spain that the Jews were all forced to leave. If they stayed they had to die.
But he brings up an important point, which is that Anti-semitism wasn't invented by Hitler. The hatred towards the Jews was something that came from centuries back, and something that was campaigned by several organizations and individuals.
I'm not saying that Hitler invented anti-semitism. He plugged into what was already there. To give the impression, though, that all non- Jewish Germans did not like Jews isn't right. Hitler had to win many people over to his views and destroy some.
I know you didn't say it, but I thought it was an important point to make. That Hitler didn't just came up with this idea out of nowhere.
Thief12, there were Germans who had nothing against Jews who were afraid to speak out. This came out in the Nuremburg Trials after the war had ended. People who didn't tow the line, whatever their beliefs, simply disappeared - arrested in the night.
That's right. And also a lot of people who didn't know the severity of the actions of the Nazi. I think a lot of the population didn't find out about the mass murders and gas chambers until the war was well underway, right?
The concentration camps didn't become death camps until the war was well underway. There was one Nazi propaganda film showing the Jews in this camp where they were, during the filming, treated well. I don't know how many people were fooled by it.
I would say more ignorance than self-importance.
Actually, not. Historically, Germany had been one of the more tolerant European societies toward Jews. Many, like Spain and England, had expelled Jews completely; Russia killed and segregated them. Germans Jews could be safe and successful.
I think you need to research on the Empires in history, and you will find that England was the biggest Empire ever. Having said that, they also along with all the other western European countries controlled most of the world
Actually, when the Jews were being persecuted in Russia, Germany was considered to be a safe haven for them. Only on certain occasions such as German Christians going off on Crusade were the Jews persecuted in Germany.
You are right about Hitler not being born a German but an Austrian. For that matter he wasn't blond and blue eyed like a good Aryan or German should be. He did serve in the German army during WW1 and that was a selling point to the German people.
First ones he executed were the Communists
It was a belief with Hitler that Communists were basically Jews anyway or people being controled by Jews. This of course was nonsense.
There were German Christians who would not follow Hitler and paid the ultimate price for their views..
Patriotism is the feeling of admiration for a way of life etc. and the willingness to defend it against attack. The obvious difference between the two is that while patriotism is a passive attitude, nationalism is aggressive by nature.