This week I am going to go a bit conspiracy theorist about Hitler and the Nazi ideology, because that is all I could think about on Tuesday when we were discussing the confusing nature of Nazi ideology in class. It is definitely safe to say that Hitler was not a stupid man, kind of crazy, but not stupid and a lot of world leaders underestimated this quality in Hitler which of course led to his rise in power without having major opponents against him. Hitler was intelligent with his belief in his practical ideologies, also Nazi Party ideologies, but always having an explanation to back up what he believed (such as biology, in particular, Social Darwinism). But what really got me, and led me to think about some conspiracy theories, was how Nazi ideology was more or less anti-intellectual. Hitler reasoned that Aryans were not intellectual beings, but “thought with their blood,” so Aryans instinctively knew what was right. Along with, Jews were seen as rational and the ones who think through everything, and in Nazi ideology this was a bad thing (Sax 186). My theory in this huge, confusing pile is that Hitler and the Nazis specifically advertised that they wanted their followers and the Aryan race as a whole to be stupid and to not think about something with the littlest bit of rationale in fear that they will figure out that the whole Nazi ideology is a hoax because it does not make any sense. Wouldn’t your first red flag be that your leader wants you to be stupid? He wants you to be stupid for a reason, but you go along with it because he told you so. For example, Nazi ideology believed that Jews were destroying a culture just for the fact that they were Jewish: they were apparently the cause of capitalism, communism, liberalism, Christianity, etc. (The Nazi Ideology). All around, the ideologies were frustrating to read and learn about, and they were confusing because I think any person with even a little bit of reasoning could formulate that something with the leader was obviously not right.
Sax, Benjamin and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany. Lexington: D.C. Heath and Company, 1992.
“The Nazi Ideology.” Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 2002. Accessed October 7 2015. http://www.holocaust-education.dk/baggrund/nazismensideologi.asp
“Members of the German Christians Organization.” Wikipedia. Created in 1933. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Bundesarchiv_Bild_102-15234,_Berlin,_Luthertag.jpg