A Hitlerian Monster to Do Evil By
Copyright © 2007 Jordan White
Norman Mailer has just published a new novel, The Castle in the Forest, which is based on the life of Adolf Hitler. His premise seems to be that Hitler was evil because the devil nudged him to do bad things. He also did bad things, it seems, because he had a very bad father, Alois, who was evidently a very lousy role model, since he married his own biological daughter and killed bees and did many other dastardly things.
Now, before I get lots of letters accusing me of lionizing Hitler, let me first say that that is exactly what I am not doing. I am just going to point out (1) what Hitler thought he was accomplishing, and (2) why many others, throughout history, have done the exact thing or nearly the exact thing.
a fanatic. He wanted to preserve
In his fanatic way, Hitler decided that certain elements had to go. The Jews were one element he wanted to get rid of because he felt that, for such a small segment of the population they had way too much power and controlled too much of the gross national product. The Jews were not the only element Hitler wanted to purge. He didn’t like any dark-skinned people, such as the Romany people (“Gypsies”). He didn’t like people who cost too much to maintain, such as mentally challenged people or people with other chronic maladies.
I wish Mr. Mailer would explain why he evidently feels that Hitler was a monster of such great proportions that he could only have been prodded by Satan to accomplish his evil deeds. After all, many countries around the world have thought that they would be better off without certain elements of their populations, and no one is accusing them of being inspired by the devil.
the “Manifest Destiny” doctrine of the
And, ironically enough, how about
folks, I don’t think it matters whether Hitler’s “Final Solution” would have
worked or not. I don’t think it matters
whether or not eliminating certain elements of the population would have made
for a “better”
It is easy
to vilify Adolf Hitler. He was a truly
evil, fanatic man. But, if you are
looking the other way when your own country invades
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was… This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1: 23-24, 27 (NAS)