Nazi Militarism

Like the Fascists, the Nazis also sang hymns in praise of war, so dear to the German heart. Indeed, before Hitler attained power, a German General, Bernhardi wrote, “war is a biological necessity without which all culture would vanish.” The Nazis reciprocated these sentiments in these words: “war is the measure of all things. Every human social activity is justified only when it aids the preparation for war.” When accused of barbarism, they replied, “What is called barbarism is the power of renewing itself. We must be ready to fight, and we are ready, not only for ourselves and our people but for Europe whose heart we are.”

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Hitler philosophised on war thus: “If men wish to live, they are forced to kill others. Strife is always the means of developing the species and is consequently a primary condition in its progress.” One of his subordinates, Ernst Junger, put this philosophy of war in a nutshell: ‘The meaning of life is to kill”.

Thus the Nazis turned Darwinian principles of the natural selection and survival of the fittest into the diabolic plea for mass-extermination of non-German races and nations. This German philosophy of war led mankind straight to the concentration camps, gas chambers, and World War, for which the Nazis planned so much.

 

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