Germany did not become a killing machine overnight. When Adolf Hitler first arrived in the political arena of Germany, most of those in the middle- and upper-class saw him as little more than a thug and a nuisance (including then-president Paul von Hindenburg). He appealed heavily to the poor, however, and his party – the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party), otherwise known as the Nazis for short – became a rising star in the German Reichstag. In 1932, Hitler made his one and only bid to run for office. He ran for the German Presidency; while garnering 11 million votes, he placed second behind Hindenburg. Other Nazi party members had been elected to German parliament, however, and once they gained enough of a foothold, they forced Hindenburg to accept Hitler as chancellor in exchange for agreement on legislation that would rebuild the German government in a more authoritarian bent. Hindenburg, who referred to Hitler as the “Bohemian Corporal”, also hoped that setting him up as chancellor would appease him and slake his thirst for political power.
Well before he was appointed chancellor, Hitler had made clear (largely through his manifesto, Mein Kampf) his beliefs in a “master race” and his intense hatred of the Jews. He didn’t suggest killing at first, but he slammed those who were mentally ill, disabled, homosexual, Jewish and Roma (Gypsies) as threats to the great Aryan race that he saw as being superior to all others. Hitler certainly wasn’t the only Antisemitic figure in German politics, but he was likely the most vehement. He spent more than 30 pages of his screed on syphilis and why those who carried the disease needed to be snuffed out.
Nobody knows what started the Reichstag fire. Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch communist and drifting bricklayer, was found inside the building as the fire was still being extinguished and claimed more than once that he was trying to ignite a communist rallying cry. It was later found that the Nazis had fabricated some of the evidence for van der Lubbe’s guilt, but that the Soviets in control of the former East Germany had also fabricated evidence of his innocence, so we really don’t know what happened despite a number of theories. Either way, it was the burning of the Reichstag that drove Hindenburg to approve the withdrawal of nearly every single basic right the German people had – including free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. Hitler used the Reichstag Fire Decree to “suspend” those rights. Only later did the Germans discover he had no intention of giving them back willingly.
Hitler didn’t actually become the Führer until 1934, when Hindenburg died. Having already consolidated power, removed Weimar Republic leadership from German states and cities, and imprisoned all political prisoners – to include anarchists, communists, and globalists – Hitler was now free to build his vision of Germania and the Aryan race.
The Nazi propaganda machine, under Josef Goebbels, had already done its part to all but brainwash Germans into believing Hitler’s lies. Young boys were drawn into the “Hitler Youth” movement, while young girls were openly required to join “Hitler Maidens” and were encouraged to start having children, in or out of wedlock, as early as possible. Girls aged 15 and 16 commonly came home from Hitler Maidens camps pregnant; at one Nuremberg rally, more than 900 girls went home pregnant. Parents, initially furious at what was happening, eventually gave up because they feared the Gestapo.
Those who were found to be lacking somehow in genetic purity, however, were forcibly sterilized. Upwards of 400,000 Germans were sterilized under the Nazis for all manner of weaknesses, including mental illness, blindness, deafness, homosexuality, and a number of other so-called genetic illnesses that Hitler believed would poison the Aryans. He was a firm believer in eugenics (a concept heavily pushed by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood).
Worse than that, a rumbling began that would eventually be virtually unstoppable. Nazi hatred of the Jews was also a major part of their propaganda. It began with the identification of businesses owned by Jews and urges from the Nazis to refuse to shop in Jewish stores – only to patronize German-owned stores. Jews were stripped of their German citizenship and any and all rights as Germans. Jewish doctors were stripped of their medical licenses and practices. Jewish lawyers were disbarred, often in the middle of court hearings taken out to the street and beaten. Jewish farmers saw their land confiscated and were never allowed to return to farming. Jews were barred from German schools and colleges. Jews were forbidden from being members of the press. Jews were forbidden from marrying or having sex with Aryans. In 1938, after Kristallnacht, German and Austrian Jews were rounded up and sent to the first concentration camps – such as Dachau and Buchenwald. By 1939, Germany took over Poland and began emptying the ghettos with the intent of relocating Polish Jews to them. They were forced to give up 90% of their money and belongings; clothing, shelter and food were scarce in the ghettos, fostering unsanitary conditions and disease.
In 1940, after the Jews in these ghettos had descended into a pathetic existence, Goebbels took film crews to the ghettos and filmed them for a propaganda film called Der Ewige Jude. The film portrayed the Jews as lazy, greedy, filthy parasites content to live in bug-infested shacks. The film also attributed 82% of international crime rings and 98% of prostitution to the Jews. Interspersed throughout shots of starving Jews in tattered clothing being forced to do manual labor that they weren’t physically capable of carrying out were shots of rat infestations, driving home the accusation that the Jews were the cause of all the world’s ills. In short, the Nazis created deplorable, inhumane conditions and forced the Jews to live in them – then shot film of their handiwork and accused the Jews of being morally bankrupt and heartless.
Incredibly, in 1938, Adolf Hitler was named TIME Magazine’s “Man of the Year”. He was only getting started.