Many people do not feel that Adolf Hitler could be considered as one of the people who made worthwhile contributions to the development of the body of knowledge. Rather, many feel that he was just an individual who precipitated much trouble for the people living in his era. He participated in precipitation of the world wars. Yet, there are some famous quotes by Hitler that gets one to see another side of him as discussed in the essay below.
History – Adolf Hitler
For many people, it is hard to imagine that Adolf Hitler, the German dictator who supervised the killing of so many Jews and also was a major contributor to the onset of the Second World War, could in any case have uttered some words of wisdom at one point or another. As the going goes, there is no way that you can get blood from a guava. That is, a bad person can only be expected to give forth bad tidings. It is, therefore, a surprise when such an individual says some things that can be considered noble. The passage below explains some of the sayings that were put forth by Hitler, as sampled from his table-talk. The essay examines these quotes, analyzing the context under which they could have been mentioned and looking at the way in which they could apply to the time at which Hitler was living. The essay will analyze every statement and give an opinion about it, as to whether it agrees or does not agree with the statement.
The first statement to be analyzed is the saying “truth is never evil.” This statement is found in Schikelgruber.net (2012). The statement is picked from the table-talk among many other statements that Hitler made concerning various issues in life. This statement was made when he was explaining about the truth. There was an inclination to religious matters as he said that the churches did not have grounding for the truth. He also argued that science could not tell the truth. Furthermore, he argued that what is not the truth, that is lies, cannot stand for a long time and at one time or another, it disappears.
This statement is quite surprising in that Hitler himself refused to accept a certain truth of his life. Due to his hatred for the Jews, he authorized their killing, thinking that they were lesser human beings who did not deserve to live; they spread lies and therefore they should perish. However, looking at this lineage, it was eluded that he could have had his roots in the Jewish origin. He authorized an investigation into his lineage through Frank, his aide. Frank actually found out that Hitler’s grandmother conceived when she was working at a Jewish man’s home. Hitler refused to accept this truth and sought to mobilize all that he could so that he could destroy any evidence that his lineage linked him to the Jews. It is surprising that even though he accepted the truth, he could not accept the truth of his life.
The statement is quite philosophical and I agree with it. There are some truths that reveal bad things that happened to people or that was done by other people. However, it is not the truth about the event that is evil, but the event itself. As such, I agree with the statement that truth is never evil, and also that what is not true cannot stand forever. At one time or another, the truth has to prevail.
The second statement that will be analyzed in thus essay is when Hitler was quoted saying that “I may be mistaken, but I act in good faith.” Again, this statement was in regard to the religious matters, and also shows why Hitler was so opposed to the Jews. In line with this statement, Hitler was criticizing the issue of Christianity and Bolshevism, claiming that the latter was just a reincarnation of the former (Stormfront.org, 2012). He argued that the Christianity was a great error to humanity, and blamed it all on the Jews who were responsible for bringing it along. However, he was opposed to the move and therefore argued that one had to be either a German or a Christian, but could not be both. He also argued that though he might be mistaken on this, yet his actions were in good faith.
Looking at this statement critically, it is quite surprising that Hitler was so opposed to the way of the Jews, yet he did not have an alternative measure through which he could lead the people to the right way. It might be true that he doubted the authenticity of Christianity, but what was the option that he presented to the people as an alternative? There was none. Why then could he be so opposed to an issue that he does not have an understanding of in the first place. If his statement had to be taken word for word, then he had to provide an alternative for the people.
I do not agree with this statement on the basis that Hitler could not justify his stand. It would have been debatable if he had taken an initiative to explain why he was opposed to Christianity and also put forward the alternative that he had for the people. This is the only way that he could be taken seriously on eh issue.
However, as it stands as of now, all that Hitler was trying to do was to justify the gross human rights violations that he perpetrated against the Jews. He had to find a ground on which to accuse them and prosecute them. In addition, the killings that he commissioned were again contrary to his beliefs. He was at one time quoted as saying that the best thing that could be done for Christianity is to let it die a natural death, but he did not let this happen. He went right ahead to persecute them. As such, it can be seen that his statement was just a way of justifying the gross human rights violations that he caused.
At last, Hitler was also quoted as having said that “there are plenty of Jews with blond eyes and blue hair.” On the onset, this statement could be seen just as another statement that could just pass unnoticed. However, this is not the case. Rather, Hitler and the Germans believed that the people with blue eyes and blond hair were the superior race, and they were the first people to receive civilization. In other words, they represented the light of the world, the right race to belong to (Threeworldwars.com, 2012). On the other side, the Jews, with their black hair and swarthy complexions were seen as the darker side of the human beings. As such, they did not deserve to live and could be killed so as to rid the world of the dark side of human beings.
The surprising thing in this statement is that Hitler went ahead and killed the Jews non-selectively. If the blond hair and blue eyes represented the light side of the human race, then Hitler and his people could have spared the Jews who had the features they described.
On the superficial meaning of the statement, I agree with it that there are many Jews with blond hair and blue eyes. However, I am fully opposed to the manner in which the statement was used. If Hitler meant his words, then he could have considered that maybe all the Jews were not evil, and could have thought twice before commissioning their massacre.
I am also opposed to the bigger picture that blue eyes and blond hair represented civilization. If that was the case, then many people in Europe and America could not have been civilized. The statement is just a form of hate speech against the Jews, which was common with Hitler and his regime.
In conclusion, this essay has looked at three statements made by Hitler and what they implied to the people who lived at the time. It is quite clear that even though the statements might have had an element of truth in them, yet Hitler went contrary to his own words. As such, it is difficult to ascertain whether he was actually sure of what he was saying or he was just bluffing.
Schikelgruber.net. “Hitler Would Be Thinker.” Schikelgruber, 2012. Web. 8 May 2012, http://schikelgruber.net/talksB.html
Stormfront.org. “Adolf Hitler on Christianity.” White Pride World Wide, 2012. Web. 8 May 2012, http://www.stormfront.org/forum/
Threeworldwars.com. “The Real Adolf Hitler.” Three World Wars, 2012. Web. 8 May 2012, http://www.threeworldwars.com/world-war-2/adolf-hitler.htm