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Interesting thought about Hitler

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/world/europe/16hitler.html?_r=1

"Instead, the show focuses on the society that nurtured and empowered him. It is not the first time historians have argued that Hitler did not corral the Germans as much as the Germans elevated Hitler."

That Germany was held under the thumb since WWI making its people ripe for seduction by any "savior" has often been suggested but I'd have to wonder if other circumstances could exist to cause people to react in a similar way. Could a past leader become so demonized that people might blindly choose a successor that was worse?

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Hitler

I certainly would not disagree that the Treaty of Versailles was responsible for both WWII and Hitler?s ascension.

"Instead, the show focuses on the society that nurtured and empowered him. It is not the first time historians have argued that Hitler did not corral the Germans as much as the Germans elevated Hitler."

A little of column A, a little of column B.

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The cease-fire and German surrender (Nov 1918)

was signed in a particular French railroad car that had been moved to the front. In 1940 Hitler's people located the same car and used it to accept the French surrender.

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BTW

This is not to be construed as a comparison of any one person to another but only the circumstances that might bring a person to power.

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Whew! We were about to flame you!
Happy

When on the topic of wars and such, I often ask my students 'How can we find out where Hitler got his Nazis?' They never know the answer: Look in any mirror. Sad
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I don't know anything about Nazis...only that

"national socialism" was a complex ideology in itself so who could possibly understand it and fully support it is beyond me. When I look at the individual components of national socialism, they look largely like a blend of what our two major parties here in the US claim to stand for. Wink

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What's surprising is the fear Hitler still engenders...

...even today for many, as if he still lives, hiding somewhere, waiting to come out of the shadows. Of course it's not Hitler they fear, but someone who might have the charisma and the political backing to do the same again someday, a new Hitler as it were, as yet unrevealed, biding the time till the times are ripe to come out and ride his horse of death across the world once more.

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(NT) would he also be called "The ONE"?
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(NT) Was Hitler called "The One"?
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(NT) Why ride?
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for the fun of watching...

...him drive the car over the cliff of ridiculousness each time.

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As you know it's more fun as a passenger

over the cliff of ridiculousness and into the quarry of absurdity, WE go.

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(NT) Because you can't stop him?
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"The ONE" as stated by who??
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It's not the fear, it's the apparent attraction he still

has for people NOW. There are neo-Nazis in lots of countries not least the United States. Given what is known of the Nazi regime this attraction is incomprehensible.

Rob

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Maybe just a post event second look

How many "heroes" from the past have been revisited and we now hear weren't as worthy as we thought? So, the reverse could be true. Many that were summarily written off as villains might enjoy similar treatment at some later time by those not present during that period. Don't you often enough reject most of what you read from one source but fully accept almost anything that comes from another?

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Lots of commie worship as well...

Some revere Che Guevara and Mao, who were every bit as bad as the Nazis.

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One thing that the planet will never be short of,

Useful idiots.

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