I mostly post about kittens and puppies and lesbian books with happily ever afters. I hope you will occasionally indulge me when I do NOT post about these things.
Like on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I am a student of history (obsessed with it), and I know a lot of people didn’t like it in school or it wasn’t their favorite. I know a lot of people’s eyes glaze over when you bring up WWII, for example. My wife actually told me the other day that they didn’t even COVER WWII at her school, and I was kind of speechless.
But then I came up with a theory.
Aside from people who are really just plain wrong, I wondered if people are defending Nazis lately because they don’t actually know what being a Nazi MEANS. So I’ll put it simply.
You probably know that Hitler believed that his was the superb and superior race. Because he believed that his was the superior, that–of course–meant that there were inferior peoples. He wanted there to be a new world order, so these inferior peoples did not make sense in his world view. And he wanted them eradicated.
This included Jews. Soviet civilians. Polish civilians (I’m Polish). People with disabilities (disabilities meant that the person wasn’t “superior” in Hitler-speak). Roma. Gays and lesbians. Others.
Roughly twenty million people. Eradicated. ( https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008193 )
We, of course, can’t wrap our heads around such a staggering number. Twenty million starts to blur in front of our eyes. We can’t put that into context, and humans have psychological mechanisms that start to go into play to soothe ourselves when we see such an enormous number.
So let me tell you about Dr. Mengele. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele )
He was a Nazi doctor in charge of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was responsible for picking people for his personal experiments, and for sending those who’d just arrived that he deemed “unfit” to the gas chambers. He’d do this with a smile, whistling as he walked along the ranks of just-arrived prisoners.
He was prolific in his human experiments, experimenting on children. He was obsessed with twins. He’d give the children sweets, speaking so kindly to them, and then he’d experiment on them, cutting off limbs, sewing twins together to create “conjoined” twins, injecting things into their hearts.
He was, of course, an evil person. But evil isn’t BORN. It’s created. He believed, firmly, that the people he was experimenting on were inferior. Of worth less than animals (Nazis treated their horses a ton better than they treated those in the concentration camps). He believed that they were insects to be played with, hurt in any manner of ways, because by doing so, he was “furthering the cause.”
That’s what a Nazi IS. A Nazi believes, firmly, that he is superior to all other peoples. That to be white, blonde, blue-eyed, means that to him comes God-given power. Hitler said “I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord..”
He believed utterly that he was meant to eradicate all of the lessers from the world. Which is what, by the way, Nazis believe today. The Nazi that just got punched? His name is Richard Spencer. And he said this: “Is Black genocide right?” and, if it is, “What would be the best and easiest way to dispose of them?”
This is what a Nazi is. There is no better definition for the word “evil” than someone who was the crux behind the eradication of twenty million lives. There is no better definition of evil than someone who WANTS the genocide of an entire group of people.
That’s what Nazis are. And now you know.
We. Can. Not. And. Must. Not. Forget.