Jewish Author Worried About Losing Control of the “Nazi Narrative”

In ‘Hi Hitler,’ historian Gavriel Rosenfeld argues that a variety of forces—some historical, some social—have dulled our awareness of the evils unique to Nazism.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD, Sarah Palin, Obamacare, Game of Thrones, the Facebook IPO, the iPad—these are just a few of the endless list of topics about which Hitler has ranted in the famous parodies of the film Downfall.

Images of Hitler have also become used as popular memes, with text like “Wehrmacht bitches at?” and “Jew mad? Get Führerious!” imposed over photographs of the former dictator. The use of one of history’s most notorious villains in such a lighthearted manner is one of a plethora of issues that set off alarms for the historian Gavriel D. Rosenfeld in his new book, Hi Hitler: How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture.

Rosenfeld argues that in three major areas—academia, politics, and popular culture—the Nazis, Hitler, and the Holocaust have undergone a major process of normalization. This means that in our collective memory, that event and its perpetrators are less different, less of an abnormality in history, than previously agreed upon.

At first, Rosenfeld’s thesis seems to a merit a high dose of skepticism. While memes used by teens may treat the image of Hitler lightheartedly and while anti-Semitism has reared its head again in Europe, to the average person the Holocaust is still synonymous with the nadir of human depravity in the 20th century and its denial more associated with loons like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

And yet, on page after page, referencing books, speeches, movies, and essays, Rosenfeld inexorably builds a thoroughly convincing case that something has shifted in both academia and in politics—that the Holocaust’s heretofore unquestioned status as the great sin of the 20th century (and by association, the Nazis’ status as the century’s greatest villains) is now far from a consensus.

In the scholarly world and in the global sphere of politics, the views of the Holocaust and the Nazis have changed as people have modified their views on World War II, genocide, and the demise of the Soviet Union.

For a variety of reasons, the last two decades have witnessed a dramatic shift in how World War II is perceived and portrayed. Once unironically depicted as “the good war” in which the Allied powers triumphed over the evil Axis powers, the war now has a far murkier reputation.

Part of that shift occurred in the scholarly world. Niall Ferguson’s The War of the World, Giles MacDonogh’s After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation, Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, Max Hasting’s All Hell Let Loose, Michael Bess’s Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II, Jacques Pauwel’s The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War, Patrick Buchanan’s Churchill, Hitler, and ‘The Unnecessary War,’ and Nicholson Baker’s Human Smoke—these are just some of the major books, some better received than others, that have challenged the notion of the “good war.”

For some of these authors, the decision by the U.S. and Great Britain to team up with the Soviet Union posed a far greater disaster for humanity than did the Nazis. For others, like Buchanan, writing in the shadow of the Iraq War, World War II’s legacy was one of intervention and a cult of Churchill. Others sought to show how the Allies’ methods of war were similar in brutality to the Axis. And they have sought to undermine Allied moral standing by pointing out that in the U.S. there were also serious racial issues of segregation, Jim Crow, Native American reservations, Japanese internment camps, and in the USSR, the starving of kulaks by Stalin.

Whatever the reason, efforts to chip away at “the good war’s” reputation also, in Rosenfeld’s eye, had the effect of somewhat normalizing the Nazis. If the Allies were not much better, the reasoning goes, then how bad really were the Nazis?

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Read the full article at the Daily Beast

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25 March, 2015 9:27 pm

Jewish hatred of Hitler reminds me of a Shakespeare quote.

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

26 March, 2015 1:48 am

Many books are written about the war by those who should know and in looking back by those, who want to know. imprisonment for both may influence their testimony about the war or will always condemn or justify them . National Socialism divided people not as much by race but ideals. It could be the race of German is a myth. ANd without those spiritual ideals it is. Adolf Hitler is a myth today. But when he really lived he inspired greatness in hopeful idealistic people and provoked the dread and fear of the carnal, complacent world . Perhaps were it not so forbidden to know the whole story it would inspire a great tragedy. What is most interesting today is that he still provokes the same fear. He and… Read more »

26 March, 2015 11:28 am

History of testimony about the war by German soldiers were always written under duress. Many were released from their prisons and had to elude censoring and prosecution and not violate what had been documented by the occupational government. The aphorism resonates , “In war truth is the first casualty.” And “history is written by the victor.” Films appeared in Germany as early as the 50’s like Nacht Fiel Ueber Gotenhafen , a propaganda piece about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff of Jan. 1945, when nearly 10,ooo civilians died. Then Irving’s books later made him famous for his condemnation of the bombing of Dresden on Feb. and April of the same year when it was clear Germany was already defeated. But above all it was Hollywood with their post war… Read more »

5 August, 2019 2:19 am

Yes, you have lost control! Lie Harder!!!!

28 November, 2019 11:53 am

Once the Jews lose control of their “narrative” (ie. the lies they taught us in school), the more people will realise that the National Socialists were right. Ironically, as the communist Jews tighten their stranglehold upon what passes for “truth” more and more people should see the Jews for what they truly are.

This will only create more anti Jewish feeling. (I don’t mean antisemitism, because Jews are not Semitic).
Provided that people still have the capacity to think for themselves, the racist, psychotic Jews will lose either way.

And that is a ‘win-win’ for us. Eventually.

Why does my pad automatically capitalise the word “Jew”? Annoying.

18 September, 2020 10:12 pm

Recommended reading: The Myth of German Villainy by Benton Bradberry, Hellstorm and Summer, 1945 by Thomas Goodrich, Hitler’s Revolution by Richard Tedor, Gruesome Harvest by Ralph Keeling, The International Jew by Henry Ford.

Reply to  PrinzEdelhart
20 September, 2020 8:32 am

Yes, “Hellstorm” is a fantastic book. Can really recommend it.
I would also add –
“The Jews Must Live”, by Samuel Roth
“On the Jews and their Lies”, by Martin Luther.
“The Myth of the Twentieth Century”, by Alfred Rosenberg. I found this to be very heavy reading, but it is undoubtedly one of the most informative and important books that I have ever read.

I have been trying to track down the Henry Ford book, but cannot find it anywhere.

Reply to  Matthew
22 September, 2020 8:28 am

I got mine from NSM88records, but I believe they are no longer active.
The reprint is from CPA Book Publisher, P.O. Box 596, Boring, OR 97009.
You could also try midgaardshop dot com, they might know where to get it.

mortal goyal
mortal goyal
Reply to  Matthew
21 December, 2021 10:57 am

its out there.
try the Barnes Review.
N/A or N/V might even have it.

mortal goyal
mortal goyal
21 December, 2021 10:55 am

it should be the other way around: filthy, spiritually-poisonous Kike Culture should be de-normalized and glorious German/National Socialism should be exalted.

These Rat-Bags need to go.