Jewish veterans of the Great War were oftentimes exempt from initial Nazi purity laws.
Source: *The Third Reich in Power* by Richard Evans
That was revoked when Hindenburg died
In Generation War the Jewish man's father is a German Jew who served in WW1 and believed that it was a lie
Wasn't it a jewish german officer who saved the young Hitler in the trenches of WW1?
Let's not let logic and sense get in the way of a good genocidal conspiracy theory.
There’s a really good scene which relates to this idea in Maus, the graphic novel which details the author’s experience of the Holocaust, where a Jew in Auschwitz runs up to the guards and shouts “I don’t belong in here, I fought in the Great War and was awarded the iron cross by the kaiser, I’m as German as you”
Nazism never ceases to amaze me with it's stupidity
It was - in that regard - just like any other conspiracy-myth. You don't need evidence to claim something and every evidence produced against you is dismissed as propaganda, lies, fabrication and oppression.
I'm of the opinion that Hitler himself was not an antisemite. There are too many inconsistencies in his behavior, words, and actions. I do think he used the easy strawman that Europe had been using for centuries to gain followers and power though. This caused full blown antisemites to gain power and manipulate the situation to the worse. the fact that this went to the level of mass murder most certainly didn't bother Hitler, but that maniac did have a few glimmers of humanity... And that makes him all the more terrifying.
One of my best friends is a Jew and her great grandfather served during WW1. To this date she's very proud of him and I can't blame her.
I am polish and my great great grandfather also served in ww1 and even fought at Verdun and got injured there but survived the war
The more one studies Nazism, the less sense the ideology makes. It’s full of contradictions and logical fallacies, a lot of its high ranking members like Himmler and Hess believed in a weird new age racist neo-pagan cult, and Hitler’s charisma was the glue and tape that held together that moronic, evil, inconsistent and illogical ideology.
Why would you fight for a country that calls you a subhuman
That was in WW1.
Ok but like did hitler actually beleive that? Obviously he did bad shit but personally I beleive he didnt hate them himself, he just used them as a scapegoat and needed to keep up the act, which eventually stopped being an act. Adolf shitler was a silly man
No, Hitler became famous because he was a great speaker. He could say his own opinions and would probably still win
The story of that census shows, IMHO, that Hitler persona wasn't that significant for the formation of Nazism. Many pieces were already in place: militarism, antisemitism on all levels, including government and Kaiser, readiness to ethnic cleansings, dream for Lebensraum, propaganda about "foreign capital" etc.
Even the "backstab" myth didn't need Hitler to grew up - there were plenty of people to nurture it, starting with Ludendorff.
Otto frank not having is military paper
I want to say something but it's anti-Semitic so I'll keep it to myself
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