What beliefs did Adolf Hitler and the Nazis propagate that led the Germans — long considered to be among the most civilized and cultured people in the world — to become mass murderers on an unprecedented scale? Understanding the philosophical and doctrinal underpinnings of Nazism is essential if humanity is to prevent such a diabolical regime from arising ever again.
Quote: “Their dark obsession with race separated Hitler and the Nazis from many other fascist and nationalist groups. The Nazis considered Aryans — those of Nordic heritage, with blonde hair and blue eyes — Europe’s ‘master race.’ According to Nazi racial theories, Aryans were physically stronger, intellectually advanced, and more culturally gifted than other European races. The Nazis considered races like Jews, Slavs, and Romany to be Untermensch (‘inferior men’).”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), alphahistory.com (quotation)
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