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21 April 2012

A Nobel Laureate Praises Hitler, part I

Adolf Hitler's Goals and Personality (1930)

by Dr. Johannes Stark

translated by Hadding Scott, 2012

I. From Hitler's Life

The purpose of this work is the elucidation of the political aspects of Hitler's personality in relation to his goals and achievements. Readers of the first edition have expressed the wish to read even more about his personality, especially about his life before rising to political prominence.

Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in the small Bavarian-Austrian border-town of Braunau; he is thus in his 42nd year of life. His forebears were farmers of the Baiuwarian tribe. His father was a mid-level Austrian customs official.

Hitler grew up in the country; he was brought up Catholic and attended the first years of Realschule (secondary school) in the upper-Austrian city of Linz. At the age of 13 he lost his father; at 16, his mother. He did not want to become a government official but a painter, and later, at the suggestion of teachers at the art-academy, an architect. For this purpose he went at the age of 16 to Vienna. The nature of his activity in the following five years of his life meanwhile was dictated to him by his utter destitution following the death of his mother. About his life in Vienna he himself reports in his book Mein Kampf with the following words:

Five years of suffering and woe are embodied for me in the name of this Phaeacian city. Five years, in which I had to earn my bread first as an unskilled laborer, then as a smalltime painter; my truly meager bread, which of course never was enough to pacify even normal hunger. Hunger at that time was my loyal guardian, the only one who almost never abandoned me, who candidly shared with me in everything. Every book that I acquired stimulated his participation; a visit to the opera would have him keeping me company for days on end; it was a permanent struggle with my compassionless friend. And yet in this period I learned as never before. Apart from my architecture, apart from rare visits to the opera in lieu of eating, I had as my only friends just more books.
Back then I read infinitely much, and yet thoroughly. Whatever remained to me of free time from my work was given entirely to study. In a few years in this manner I created for myself the foundations of my knowledge, from which I benefit even today.

Hitler thus went not through an institution of higher learning, not through a university. His comprehensive historical and political knowledge and judgment, his general and aesthetic education he owes to independent study at the hand of books that he earned for himself, he owes to his own observation in the workplace, on the street, and in parliament. Precisely the academic, for whom higher schools, university and the assistance of his parents made study easy, must therefore admire Hitler's both brilliant and energetic personality.

In the year 1912, his love for art brought Hitler to Munich; about his life in Munich back then he writes in his book:

In any case this period before the war was the happiest and by far most satisfying of my life. If my income was still quite meager, I certainly did not live to be able to paint, but painted in order thereby to secure for myself the potential of my life, in other words, to make possible my further study. -- What interested me the most, apart from my professional work, was also again here the study of daily political events, especially actions in foreign policy.

Upon the outbreak of the World-War Hitler submitted on 3 August 1914 a direct petition to the King of Bavaria requesting to be allowed to fight in the Bavarian Army. This request was granted to him and he enlisted in the famous List Regiment of student volunteers. Already after brief military training he participated with this regiment in the ill-fated attack on Langemarck and then did, with a brief interruption, four years on the Western Front of the heaviest and most dangerous military service. In October 1916 he was wounded and came to the military hospital, but reported to the front again already in March 1917. He participated in the battle to hold Flanders against the English  and the two first German offensives and the last German offensive. In autumn of 1918 he stood on the soil of Flanders facing Englishmen for the third time. He reports about it in his book:

Upon a hill southward from Wervick we had come into hours of drumfire of gas-grenades that continued through the whole night in a more or less constant manner. Already toward midnight some comrades had passed out, some of them never to awaken. Toward morning the pain gripped me too, worse from one quarter-hour to the next, and around seven o'clock in the morning I stumbled and staggered toward the rear, carrying my last dispatch of the war.
Already some hours later my eyes had transformed into glowing coals; around me was darkness.
Thus I came into the Pasewalk military hospital in Pomerania, and there I had to live through the greatest disgrace of the century.

The crime of the revolution in November 1918 unsettled the hard soldier Hitler to the point of weeping; it alters the course of his life; his glowing love for his German people, his hatred against its slanderers, summon him to the political struggle for his people, to avenge the November Crime. Hear what he says!

Since the day when I stood at the grave of my mother, I had not wept. Whenever in my youth Destiny laid hold of me with pitiless harshness, my defiance grew. When, in the long years of war, death took from our ranks so many a dear comrade and friend, it would have seemed to me almost a sin to cry: they died after all for Germany! And finally even in the last days of the terrible struggle, as the slithering gas fell upon me and began to eat into my eyes, and I, amid the fear of being forever blind, was momentarily inclined to give up hope, then the voice of conscience thundered to me: You miserable complainer, perhaps you want to wail while thousands have it hundreds of times worse than you, and so I endured my lot lethargic and silent. Now however I could no longer refrain. Now I saw for the first time how little all personal suffering mattered compared to the misfortune of the Fatherland.


The more I tried to gain a clear understanding in this hour of the monstrous event, the more the shame of indignation and dishonor burned into my brow. What was all the pain of my eyes compared to this lament? 

What followed were excruciating days and even worse nights. -- I knew that all was lost. To place hope in the mercy of the enemy is at best the behavior of fools -- or liars and criminals.

I resolved however to become a politician.

And Adolf Hitler has transformed his resolve to become a politician into reality in a manner and with a success of which German history knows no other example. The present work should demonstrate this.

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Johannes Stark (1874-1957) was a physicist who discovered in 1913 what came to be known as the Stark effect (the splitting of spectral lines in electric fields). This was foundational to the development of quantum theory. For the Stark effect and for the discovery of the Doppler effect in canal rays, Stark was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1919.

Stark joined the NSDAP in April 1930, three years before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor.

In 1947 a denazification court sentenced this Nobel laureate to a prison-term of four years.

13 April 2012

Mark Weber: Plagiarist

A couple of weeks ago I was involved in an online dispute where somebody brought up a fake Hitler quote:

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
 – Adolf Hitler 

I told this person that the supposed quote was fake. I was practically certain of it because of my research during the past few years of fake Hitler quotes, especially some appearing in the U.S. Army's propaganda series Why We Fight. I knew what kinds of statements Allied propaganda falsely attributed to Hitler, and this looked typical.

My interlocutor did some searching and reluctantly admitted that I was correct, that this was a fake quote.

He indicated an article by Mark Weber, "Fraudulent Nazi Quotations," as the factor that had convinced him. When I read Weber's article, I found something very interesting: Weber was using information that he had gotten from me.

Specifically, Weber refers to Why We Fight and the fact that a fake Hitler quote that appears in that film is traceable to Hermann Rauschning, a fact that I published in 2008, and he refers to a fake Hitler quote about "terrorism," which I debunked in 2010. A Yahoo search of IHR.org  for "Why We Fight" reveals that neither Weber nor anybody else at IHR showed any interest in this cinematic production of the U.S. Army or in the fake quote about terrorism until Weber's article in 2011, after I had published those things. (Weber admits that I published those things before him.)

This may seem like a small matter, but let me give some context. Recently I had an editor of a well known revisionist website (not IHR) contact me asking permission to use some of my work on fake Hitler quotes. He thought the work was very good and he wanted to quote it extensively. He was willing to give credit to Hadding Scott as the researcher, but he was averse to letting the world know that he had read a national-socialist blog. Therefore he was not willing to post a link to National-Socialist Worldview. I said, posting a link is the minimal courtesy, but if you want permission to use my work without that minimal courtesy, then send me a donation. This man was unwilling either to link to my blog or to give a donation. So, permission was denied, and so far as I know my work is not being used on that website.

Now, what Weber has done is just take a couple of nibbles from my work. But stealing only a little bit is still stealing. How long do you think a store could stay in business if it became known that they would not prosecute shoplifters that stole in small increments? I just happened to notice Weber leaving the store with the candy spilling out of his pockets and I said, Sir, you need to pay for that.

Payment in this instance, I stated to Weber, would mean putting a link to the fake quotes section of my blog along with the other references for "further reading" that appear beneath his article. It would cost nothing, except perhaps the terrible costs of letting the world know (1) that he was cognizant of a dreaded national-socialist blog, and (2) that he used the research of somebody that has no mainstream credentials.

Weber evidently does not want to do that. He denied that he had gotten the information from my work, but offered no alternate explanation. He said that he had long been familiar with Hermann Rauschning's fraud, but that is really not an answer, since what I think Weber has stolen from me is not a finding about Rauschning per se, but a finding about the relationship of Why We Fight to Rauschning, and about a fake quote featuring a word, "terrorism," that in fact does not appear in Rauschning.

I do not believe Weber's claim that he had never seen my blog, because I have a pretty clear recollection of sending links to IHR in the hope that they might use some of my work and give me credit. Even if he had not seen my blog, there are other ways that he could have seen my work.

I pointed out to Weber the inadequacy of his response, and I sent him approximately the text that you see here, informing him that lacking any adequate response I would make it public, but he has had nothing further to say. In fact, with the podcast that appeared on Voice of Reason immediately after I sent my initial complaint, after Weber's response, and after I explained that the response was inadequate, Weber is practically thumbing his nose at me.

Originally the title of my declaration about this matter was going to be something less direct than "Mark Weber: Plagiarist," but as things are, I see no reason to cut any slack.

I really wanted to avoid open conflict in this matter, but I am far from being the first to state publicly a complaint against Mark Weber. See, for example, Professor Robert Faurisson's polemic from 2009, "Mark Weber must resign from the Institute for Historical Review." Dr. Faurisson accuses Weber, among other faults, of "faint-heartedness": Weber has tried to be less controversial at the expense of truth and accuracy; he has been unnecessarily equivocal; he has even backed away from forthright refutation of the Holocaust-lie. That faint-heartedness, as Professor Faurisson calls it, would also explain why Weber does not wish to give recognition to National-Socialist Worldview or its author, even though it is clear that he has derived some facts and ideas from here.

Update: On the same day that this complaint was posted, Weber removed "Fraudulent Nazi Quotations" from IHR's website. It still appears on various blogs and fora where it was reposted.

Second Update: By the evening of 17 April 2012 the article has reappeared.

06 April 2012

Lighthearted Representations of Hitler from outside the Western World

An advertisement for Biomen shampoo, from Turkey, presents Adolf Hitler as the arbiter of what a real man should do:

Why do you use a woman's shampoo, when you do not wear women's clothes? Now there is the 100% manly shampoo, Biomen! A real man chooses Biomen!

From India there is the warm family drama Hitler Didi.

Didi is an attractive young woman who has enough righteousness and self-discipline for twenty people. She constantly chides those around her to stop being slackers and do the right thing. Apparently this is how Hitler is perceived in India, as somebody who goes to extremes to bring out the best in others.

Hitler seems to be perceived in India and in Turkey as fundamentally a positive figure.

The Turkish shampoo commercial was pulled as a result of organized Jewish pressure:

“Decisive action by the leaders of the Turkish Jewish Community mobilized national and international public opinion against the shockingly offensive use of Hitler imagery for commercial purposes,” said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee. “And in short order, the company responsible for this outrage reversed course.”

Turkish Jewish community leaders credited leading Turkish newspapers, including Milliyet and Hurriyet, with rallying public criticism of the commercial, and expressed gratitude for supportive commentary in news media and by Jewish organizations around the world, according to AJC. [Jewish Journal, 27 March 2012]

Hitler Didi, which debuted on 7 November 2011, still airs, but on 6 December as a result of organized Jewish pressure the name of the show was changed to General Didi -- but only for marketing in the United States. In the rest of the world the show is still called Hitler Didi.

Apparently organized Jewish pressure is much less effective in India than in the United States or Turkey.