The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

TheFlak38
The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

I have seen plenty of posts on here regarding this subject so I decided to make a series of articles about it and give you the chance of reading a somewhat different opinion for a change.

Below I'm giving you the first chapter of the book "The Myth of German Villainy" to begin with:

"As the result of losing two apocalyptic world wars, Germany has acquired a reputation as the evil nation of Europe, and, perhaps the evil nation of all time. Just mentioning the word “German” still brings forth an image in the mind’s eye of robotic, goose-stepping storm troopers, under the command of stiff-necked Prussian officers, ready to march off to inflict gratuitous murder and destruction upon their peace loving neighbours. We have been brainwashed by relentless propaganda to regard the Germans as intrinsically militaristic, aggressive, brutish, racist and anti-Semitic, with a predilection for blind obedience to authority figures. Hundreds of Hollywood movies, relentless Holocaust propaganda, and countless books and magazine articles have permanently reinforced this negative image of German in the popular mind. Rational motives for the inexplicable horrors Germans are accused of having routinely committed are not required. It is axiomatic that their evil nature explains it all.

Consider the movie, “Schindler’s List,” by the Jewish director, Stephen Spielberg, for example. The Nazi commandant of the concentration camp (supposedly the Plaszow camp outside of Krakow, not far from Auschwitz), is standing shirtless on the balcony of his house with a hunting rifle over his bare shoulders. The rifle is equipped with a telescopic sight. In the movie, the house is located on a hill above the camp so that he can look down on the throngs of prisoners milling around in the compound below. He lifts the rifle to his shoulder and through the telescope begins casually scanning from one prisoner to another. The image through the telescope now fills the movie screen. The crosshairs of the scope stop on a randomly selected prisoner. He pulls the trigger and the prisoner drops to the ground, dead.

The screen then cuts back to the Nazi commandant to show bored insouciance as he actuates the bolt of his rifle and casually raises it back to his shoulder. He fires again, and again a prisoner drops to the ground, dead. Bored with his “target practice,” he turns his attention to the beautiful, sexy, naked woman lying on a bed just inside the house from the balcony. The woman is purportedly one of his Jewish housemaids selected from the camp, who also apparently serves as his sex slave. His face expresses disdainful, though lackadaisical, cynicism. The point of the shootings, as well as bringing in the naked housemaid (who just happens to be a Jew, what else?), is to show the Nazi officer as totally depraved, without conscience, morality, or empathy for other humans; in short, a psychopath. It is presumed, of course, that the murdered prisoners were all Jews. Two popular Jewish themes are combined here: Nazi evil and Jewish persecution.

The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

This episode is entirely fictional, based on a novel by Thomas Keneally, an Australian, who only visited the concentration camps once in 1980 and who had no real knowledge of what went on there. No such actual event as described above has ever been recorded, yet the vast majority of movie goers swallow it whole and accept it as actual history. The real Plaszow camp was located on the other side of a hill from the commandant’s house, and completely out of sight from the commandant’s balcony. It would have been impossible for him to shoot down into the compound as shown in the movie even if he had been inclined to do so, which is highly unlikely.

The actual commandant of Plaszow, Amon Goeth, on which the character in the movie was based, lived in the house with his fiancé Ruth Kalder, with whom he had a child. Ruth said that they intended to marry but were unable to do so due to the chaos at the end of the war. She had her name and the child’s name changed to Goeth after the war with the help of Amon Goeth’s father. Amon Goeth was hanged after the war by the Polish government (the post war Polish government was all Jewish, incidentally) primarily for being a member of the Nazi party and a member of the Waffen-SS, not for shooting prisoners. Ruth described Amon Goeth as a cultured man who had a beautiful singing voice. Goeth did, indeed, have two Jewish housemaids selected from the camp while he was commandant, but they were not beautiful and sexy as depicted in the movie, and there is no information that he had untoward relations with them. That story was only included to add spice to the movie.

Another example is the movie, “Sophie’s Choice,” by another Jewish director, Alan J. Pakula, in which “Sophie” and her two small children are sent to Auschwitz (Auschwitz is the holy temple of Holocaust lore). During the “selection” process (the “selection” is now one of the “stations of the cross” of the Holocaust religion) immediately after their arrival, Sophie is told by a stereotypically evil Nazi officer (supposedly Dr. Joseph Mengele of Auschwitz notoriety) that she can only keep one of her children and that the other must go to the gas chamber. She is forced to choose which one to keep and which one to be sent to the gas chamber, hence, “Sophie’s Choice.” The evil Nazi officer provides no reason or explanation in the movie for requiring one child to die or for forcing her to make this heart rending choice. That he is an “evil” Nazi is presumed to be explanation enough. This preposterous movie was based on a novel by the American Southern writer William Styron, who had no firsthand knowledge of the camps at all.

The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

Auschwitz was simply used as the setting for a tale which came out of his imagination. Nothing of the sort ever happened in real life. Yet, evil Nazi stories such as these have long been a staple in Hollywood. The movie-going public has been so conditioned by this poppycock that fiction has become fact in the public mind. We have all been brainwashed to accept such absurdities without skepticism. Germans are “evil,” so they do “evil” things. No further explanation needed. Yet, Germany was not always seen in this light.

The image of Germany as a sinister, predatory, warlike nation only took root in the twentieth century. Nineteenth century Germany, by contrast, was seen as a place of peace and enlightenment. The English historian, Frederic William Maitland, described the way the English people saw the Germans during the nineteenth century: “… it was usual and plausible to paint the German as an unpractical, dreamy, sentimental being, looking out with mild blue eyes into a cloud of music and metaphysics and tobacco smoke.”

The highly influential French writer and Salon matron, Madame de Stael, portrayed the Germans during the period of the Napoleonic Wars as a nation of “poets and thinkers, a race of kindly, impractical, other-worldly dreamers without national prejudices and disinclined to war.” The Americans also held a benign opinion of the Germans prior to the twentieth century. The American historian, Henry Cord Meyer, wrote, “… whether seen in their newly united nation [Germany was united into one nation in 1871] or in this country [German immigrants in the United States], the Germans were generally regarded as methodical and energetic people who were models of progress, while in their devotion to music, education, science, and technology they aroused the admiration and emulation of Americans.”

The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

The highly influential French writer and Salon matron, Madame de Stael, portrayed the Germans during the period of the Napoleonic Wars as a nation of “poets and thinkers, a race of kindly, impractical, other-worldly dreamers without national prejudices and disinclined to war.” The Americans also held a benign opinion of the Germans prior to the twentieth century. The American historian, Henry Cord Meyer, wrote, “… whether seen in their newly united nation [Germany was united into one nation in 1871] or in this country [German immigrants in the United States], the Germans were generally regarded as methodical and energetic people who were models of progress, while in their devotion to music, education, science, and technology they aroused the admiration and emulation of Americans.”

The German people have historically made great contributions in every sphere of cultural, intellectual, and scientific achievement. In the field of music, there were such eighteenth century geniuses as Bach, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Shubert and Schuman, to name a few. This musical genius continued in the nineteenth century with the Strausses, Mahler and Richard Wagner. There were the literary contributions of Goethe and Schiller; the historical works of Ranke and Niebuhr; the philosophical studies of Kant and Hegel; and the great scientific contributions of Alexander von Humboldt and William Conrad Roentgen.

These are only a few examples of a very long list. The Prussian system of higher education and the cultural flowering which characterized Prussia during the years following the Napoleonic wars greatly influenced both Europe and America. The American public school system as well as the British university system was deliberately modeled after the Prussian public school system and university system.

Germany was admired by the world as a center of learning, for its high culture and for its achievements in every field; but also for its culture of honesty, hard work, orderliness and thrift, which existed even at the lowest level of society. British scholars and journalists had been very favorably disposed toward all things German, including their history, culture, and institutions throughout the nineteenth century.

British author Thomas Arnold (June 13, 1795 – June 12, 1842) saw Germany not as a nation with a unique predisposition toward authoritarianism and regimentation, but rather as a “cradle of law, virtue, and freedom,” and considered it a “distinction of the first rank” that the English belonged to the Germanic family of peoples.

Germany’s positive image changes over night.

This view of Germany was to change almost overnight with the outbreak of World War I. After the war began in 1914 a grotesque image of a rapacious, bloodthirsty and uniquely aggressive Germany quickly took form and became the stereotypical image of Germany in Europe and America. This new image of Germany was the direct result of a virulent anti-German propaganda campaign conducted by the British government and later joined by the United States government in which deliberate and systematic lies, distortions and false atrocity stories were disseminated to the British and American publics. The emotions of both the British and American publics were deliberately whipped up to a fever pitch of hatred for the “Hun.”

A pathological hostility towards all things German, which later became such a familiar and integral part of Western thinking about Germany, had its birth in this skillful propaganda campaign. After World War Two, Historian Harry Paxton Howard examined this transformation of Germany’s reputation which began immediately after the start of WWI. It was made out, he said, that Germany was not only evil but had always been that way, and that Germany, contrary to the facts, had always been the historical enemy of Europe and America.

He wrote:

“Actually, in the literal sense of the word, the biggest job of revising history was done during the First World War when our ‘histories’ were completely revised to show that Germany had always been our enemy, that Germany had started the war in 1914, that Germany had even started the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, and that in the Revolutionary War we had not been fighting the British but the Hessians — not to mention such things as the Germans cutting the hands off Belgian babies, instead of the Belgians cutting off the hands of Congolese. This was a real revision of our histories which has distorted the American mind for more than forty years.”

The Myth That Germany is an Evil Nation, Part 1

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  • TheSpartan
    Oh, shit, this is going to get taken down so hard.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • Righttobeararms83
    Shindlers list failed to capture the brutality of the concentration camps and the unspeakable horror of the murder of 6 million jews rounded it up from all over Nazi Europe. You seem adamant about British and American view points of Germany but how about Russians who lost 20 million people slaughtered by the wehmarch. The thing that has marred Germany as a nation was that never before as any nation responsible for the magnitude of sheer slaughter.
    @jacquesvol thought?
    • TheFlak38

      The 20 million Russians were not slaughtered by the Germans. They died in a war, many of them because of the mindless orders of their commissars who sent them as human waves against the Germans. And I don't see how Germany is responsible for the slaughter you mention.

    • The Germans attacked a sovereign nation and killed 20million men women and children. Thats why the Nazis are regarded as histories greatest criminals.

    • TheFlak38

      Yeah ok.

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  • Berethor
    Well Germans has much to have with their image as well, I mean just look at the Waffen SS Caps design. What do you think about the Germans representation in Company of Heroes? do you like it? anyway the biggest hate Germans and their culture most those days are the Germans themselves, how else can you explain the fact that they let Angela Merkel to destroy Germany completely, by letting the muslim invaders in, and by letting them do all they want (rob, rape, kill), without fighting back, too few Germans have the courage and pride to defended their fatherland until death now days, even though now it's needed more then ever.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4SpP7VBtA8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX84huy3VZk
    • TheFlak38

      True words once again.
      Company of Heroes is a game used to play very much. To be honest the only thing that bothered was that the "symbols" were once again hidden and replaced with more politically correct ones.

    • Berethor

      Well I don't think that the game's company had much of a choice in the matter, but the iron cross was quite popular in Germany as well, and in fact it's much more ancient to the germans then the swastika, as it's comes from the Teutonic Order. They also didn't have germans as playable in the campaign, in the base game, but they become playable in the campaign in the expansions, I guess it has something to do with the fact that quite many players like to play as them in the multiplayer. The Teutonic Order is also appear in the game Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms. Anyway evil or not, one thing you can't take from germans, is the fact that they was an very badass nation for most of it's history, and the today weakness that germany fall into, with the lead of Angela Merkel don't do it any good.

      media.moddb.com/.../CoHseries.jpg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkWQJeDtR2U

    • TheFlak38

      Medieval Total War is also a game I like very much.

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  • englisc
    I'm going to buy that book soon. There are two sides to the story after all, and of course the victors write the history.
  • Bandit74
    I don't think Germans are evil but their language does make them sound angry 😂
  • SiberianTiger
    Germany has never been evil to me, the japanese are still evil and creepy
    • TheFlak38

      The Japs can indeed be creepy :D
      Never been there but I have friends who once had very close relations with the Japanese and told me crazy stories :D

    • Yeah they can, definitely Germany isn't Nazisit and evil anymore. It's a lovely country now. Japan still argue and conflicts with their neighbours.

    • What's the story? by the way man

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  • Library
    As a German-American, I always hated that myth while growing up. I don't see anything evil about it every time I visit. People only think Germany is an evil nation all because of fucking hitler.
  • relaxrelax
    its not germany its hitler and the nazis
  • Omar5881
    I love germany lived there for two years
  • Anonymous
    There is plenty of historical evidence that prove many Of the SS shot Jews for fun. Germany paid for it when in the End the Allies stomped them into the ground.
    • TheFlak38

      Yes. Evidences like Hollywood propaganda movies and myths perpetuated by the Soviet Union.
      The fact alone that you talk about the Allies as being the warriors of justice makes it obvious that you know nothing about that era or any other era of history at all.

    • Anonymous

      I'm German and my relative left Germany because of Hitler and they were not even Jewish. I supposed all those Jewish survivors tattooed those numbers on themselves. I am no fan of The Soviet Union itself. Personally too bad Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union destroyed each other and the USA then conquered them both. Whether it conflicts between nations, planets, galaxies or universes I been into this stuff decades before your birth and will be into this stuff centuries after you and then your great, great, great grand children pass away from old age.

    • TheFlak38

      hahahahahaha Im taking a screenshot of this comment! You're not only ignorant, you're hilarious!

  • Anonymous
    LOL "The Swindler's List".

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