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For once that was an ideal. And a goal. To be 'restored'. By racial breeding and struggle. And it was readily apparent to really everyone that not every German was blonde. That said, Hitler himself was not a "perfect example", but he also wasn't the complete opposite of that concept either, as he had blue eyes: And was also with 175cm quite average in ...


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Three steps to observe: Hitler was given the chancellory Election in 1933 Reichstag fire & Enabling decree First the really unwanted elements were beaten up, imprisoned or just killed. Then a lot of the right-wingers saw their wishes and chances and did not switch sides, to the contrary, they just switched the membership card. Then, after eliminating ...


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For the Eastern Europe the Nazis had the Genaralplan Ost - the General Plan "East". According to this plan the large areas of Eastern Europe should be gradually Germanized, with the native inhabitants reduced in number, resettled and/or assimilated. According to the plan, Ethnic group Percentage subject to removal Poles 80-85% Russians ...


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There are two problems with the way the discussion is phrased, which I will try to summarize below. Terminology problems. Some are unfortunate byproduct of social sciences being an imprecise (to put it politely) field of study, some are byproduct of cultural/historical drifts and differences, and some are a product of deliberate misinformation by "left wing"...


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There is a confusion of terminology at work, here. First of all, you have to understand what the terms involved were not: They weren't the "loaded" terms we recognize them as from today's point of view. Fascists were followers of the Partito Nazionale Fascista. That is where the term originated, and that was all it originally meant. Nazis were followers of ...


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Hitler was tapped by Hindenburg, and others, because it was felt that he was just a front-man for the Nazis, not the real power figure. As such, they believed that he could be "leashed". On November 21st, Hitler saw Hindenburg again and tried a different approach. He read a prepared statement claiming that parliamentary government had failed and that ...


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There was no consistent racial theory that the Nazis endorsed as somehow "official". All decisions were made on case-by-case basis depending on current situation and Hitler's personal preferences. The Hitler's personal preferences were that he hated Jews, Poles and Russians. He was quite neutral regarding some other nations, including Slavic. He regarded ...


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Hitler did not consider Indians to be Aryans at all. Instead, he believed them to be barbaric Asians who did not deserve to enjoy freedom as a country. He wanted India to remain subjugated under the British (he said this openly in his book) permanently. He pointedly refused Bose's request to withdraw this statement in his only meeting with Bose. As for ...


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Germany isn't alone in having committed a genocide. Sadly, this is normal human behavior. However, the Shoah is probably is the best documented case, having occurred smack dab in the middle of the most literate society on earth. So what you are asking isn't really a Germany question, but a human behavior question (with Germany as the best of sadly too many ...


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Hitler opinions on mustard gas seem to be quite the opposite from what you describe, given this quote from Mein Kampf 1: At the beginning of the War, or even during the War, if twelve or fifteen thousand of these Jews who were corrupting the nation had been forced to submit to poison-gas, just as hundreds of thousands of our best German workers from ...


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Hitler was elected, yes, and exploited democratic procedures yes, but he did not come to power democratically. Hitler as a person came to power because the violence, fueled mostly by the Nazi party and the communist party was increasing, and Germany looked at risk of falling into a civil war. We already see the first undemocratic part here: The Nazi party ...


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Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word. In summation: The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal. The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain ...


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The Jews were targeted not because of their religion but on basis of racial characteristics. According to the science of the day, eugenics, this could be easily detected based on parentage and physical characteristics. Thus marriage and birth certificates were a major source of information, and where that wasn't conclusive (say immigrants), actual ...


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So how did it happen that we no longer refer to activities conducted by German State and German ordinary folks during the period of 1939-1945 by the adjective "Germans" but we use "Nazi" instead? Reference to the German State of 1939-1945 is implicitly a reference to the Nazi party. So it is natural to use the word Nazi in order to make a justifiably clear ...


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Juan Domingo Perón. Source: ThoughtCo / Getty Images Short Answer 1. Did [Juan Domingo] Perón shelter Nazis after WWII? A: Yes. Perón helped fleeing Nazis escape Europe and gave them refuge in Argentina. 2. If “Yes” - what were his motives for doing so? A: His motives were multi-faceted: - He viewed Nazis as brothers in arms and helped them on that ...


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Question: Imagine I live in 1933-1934 and read Hitler's "Mein Kampf". Is there anything in this book that would make me think the Nazis seriously intend to kill between 6 and 17 million Jews? . Short Answer: The way the question is worded the answer is yes. In the original German publication there were ideas expressed in Mein ...


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They didn't. That isn't a Nazi flag. The EU didn't use that flag. That picture seems to be from the 1939 American Nazi organisation rally at Madison Square Garden. The flags in the background are variations on the familiar 'Stars and Stripes': and the Betsy Ross flag: The picture is just another example of far-right extremists wrapping themselves in ...


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The German government considered the Japanese people as "honorary Aryans". According to Hitler, the Japanese and the Chinese, like the Germans, belonged to ancient civilizations. Wikipedia also discusses this.


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The UN resolution you refer to includes the following clause (8c): [States are to] declare as an offence punishable by law all dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred. The US constitution includes this clause (in the 1st amendment): Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press... In the United ...


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The short answer is that the orchestra served as a useful propaganda tool both at home and abroad, helped the Nazi regime achieve their initial goal of seperating Jews from German society and culture, and served as a means of social control. Allowing the Jüdischer Kulturbund or Jewish Cultural Federation was not as inconsistent with overall Nazi policy ...


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My parents, uncles and aunts grew up in Nazi Germany. The following is purely anecdotal based on their personal accounts. It's not researched and I can't vouch for all statements being factually true (although I believe them to mostly accurate). The Nazis were extremely good at controlling information. Joseph Goebbels, the minister of "propaganda" was one ...


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Right wing means justification of social hierarchy. Left wing means promotion of social egalitarianism. The Nazi economic program was largely left wing (command economy). But simply because the Nazis were statists does not mean they were left wing... The essential program was right wing Their Social Darwinism – belief in the innate inferiority of "...


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Hitler was an Chameleon opportunist who used the word "Aryan", in different contexts to supplement his political ideologies, which were mainly to conquer Europe, and the systematic eradication of Jews. The Earliest definition of Aryan, given out by the Nazis, was a race of people belonging to "Indo-European tribes" and the five European sub-races Nordic, ...


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Hitler was awarded honorary citizenship in a few Austrian cities. Amstetten revoked Hitler's honorary citizenship in May 2011 and Braunau, which includes Ranshofen, Hitler's birthplace, followed in July 2011. Klagenfurt's mayor, Christian Scheider, removed Hitler from the city's roll of honour without waiting for verification that the city had ever honoured ...


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Authenticity The memorandum, titled "Reflection on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East", is certainly genuine. Though if I understand correctly, what we have is not the memorandum (said to be 6 pages long) itself, but rather Himmler's own summary of it and his further notes to self on dissemination. These notes were entered as Document ...


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The Nazis certainly approved of Oliver Twist. As early as 1923 the principal Nazi newspaper Völkischer Beobachter printed a German translation of the book in instalments. See here: http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1535


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There is no general answer. Party members who would strut around in safe areas in fancy uniforms were called "Goldfasan" (translated "Golden pheasant"). They were common enough to draw notice and scorn from ordinary Germans. Several million men were members of the NSDAP. Not all were excused from frontline service. All other things being equal, a senior ...


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I suspect this is more a cause of change than anything else. When we speak today of activities involving Russia in the 20th century we speak of Soviet Russia, or Bolshevist Russia. Similarly one may speak of imperial England. The word Nazi characterizes Germany of the last 1930's and 1940's because the party dominated the political landscape and many ...


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tl;dr In fact, it appears that doctors in Germany during the Third Reich did take the Hippocratic Oath (or something equivalent to it). However, that Oath had been drastically re-interpreted in line with a new framework of medical ethics that had been adopted by the Nazis. Furthermore, we have testimony from the Nuremberg War Crimes trials where doctors ...


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The swastika symbol was used by many cultures in the history and around the world and not only among Indo-Europeans. For example swastika is used in Far East (China, Korea) as well as the Wyandots (Wendats or Hurons) in North-America. You can find this symbol in ancient Greek potteries as well as decoration in Christian churches too… This was often viewed ...


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