Ah, you must be close to midlife crisis. 59?
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Ive racked my brain trying to think how Hitler will be shown in 'context'.
Hearing him speak about the path from WWI to WWII....perhaps this will be his game.
It can be said that the rabid hypernationalism bought on by the sanctions in Versaille treaty which crippled both the German elite and the common German alike allowed Hitler to gain the support of his people.To go this route wont Stone have to establish WWI Germany as a victim or an unwilling participant? This is patently false. If anything they pushed Austria-Hungary into a conflict that was guaranteed to topple the dominos of the various allies into a full blown continental war,remember the 'blank cheque'? He could also point to the fact that Hitler originally was only going to deport the Jews away and that he was somehow convinced by those around him that extermination was the best course of action.Not buying this either. The subordinates of Hitler adored him and strived to satisfy his wants and needs.What he wanted and what he obviously felt Germany needed was for the Jews to be gone one way or the other. This was his platform from the very beginning.
Someone told me once that there's a right and wrong,
and that punishment would come to those who dare to cross the line. - TooL
But yes Stalin was just as bad.. well in my view worse actually, than Hitler, but that does not change the fact that Hilter was used as a scapegoat by all the Allies.
The Soviets blamed him and Nazi Germany for massacares they did for example. The Soviets killed the polish officers and blamed the Germans. The Soviets used KGB troops to kill normal troops who fled and blamed often the Germans for the deaths.
The US and UK blamed Hitler and his cronies for the disappearance of art across Europe and then decades later they suddenly turn up in US or UK "ownership". While I have no doubt the Nazi's stole a buttload of art, it is also very evident that allied troops "liberated" some of that and took it home. The western Allies blamed the Germans for bombing their cities.. yes that was true, but they still got the blame when the Allies went and killed 10s of thousands in deliberately set fire storms in German cities. Sure it was war, but the Germans got the blame for their own fate, and the people who actually made the call to use such a diabolical weapon got off scot free.
Or the modern myth that has been promoted since the war, that it was Hitler that basically started the eugenics programs with forced sterilizations, and targeted Jews or people looking like Jews for discrimination. No he did not, far from it. That came from the US and Sweden pretty much, but he gets all the blame despite the practices being used all the way up to the late 1970s among "Allied nations". We all cringe at the fact that handicapped and other undesirables were forced sterilized and even killed in Germany, but very few know that this was happening in the US, Sweden and other places long before Hitler even got to power.
Sorry but Hitler gets blamed for many things, much of it fully justified, but some of it was in no way his fault or that of Nazi Germany.
He had gulags, which were concentration camps without the gas chamber and one can easily argue that more died in those than in Hitlers camps.
Stalin was as bad if not worse than Hitler.. Hitler did not force troops forward by having death squads come up behind them so they had a choice.. attack and die or retreat and die.
Last edited by PeteEU; 01-14-10 at 08:56 AM.
"Men have always admired those who do evil brilliantly"
"Evil" is used to define a course of action that our morals or religion dictates as inappropiate. What Hitler and Stalin did was not evil. It was just a course of action. Do not say any man is evil. Evil and wrong are points of view and regardless of how many people might see things that way as long as one person disagrees then the point of view is not universal and your opinion is not fact.