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    There is a series on the Military Channel that has footage in color. It's either "World War II in Color" or "The Color of War." One series uses old black and white films that have been colorized and the other uses color shot at the time. Both series are excellent to get a feel for the time. I grew up on black and white images of the war. Seeing it in color shocks the senses the first time.

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    If Hitler's illegitimate father had kept his mothers name that he was originally christened that was later changed to Hitler he would have probably never come to power in Germany because nobody was going to shout, heil Shicklgruber, it would have been too ridiculous
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Friday View Post
    There is a series on the Military Channel that has footage in color. It's either "World War II in Color" or "The Color of War." One series uses old black and white films that have been colorized and the other uses color shot at the time. Both series are excellent to get a feel for the time. I grew up on black and white images of the war. Seeing it in color shocks the senses the first time.
    I've seen that one. I think it was the b&w film that was colorized that I watched. The colors look somehow 'false'. Interesting series though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga View Post
    ...and the homosexuals too, Jeff, let's not forget that part. - David Lyga
    There was also a large element of homosexuality in the National Socialist movement, party, and the S.S. in general, even in Hitler's personal bodyguard the S.S Begleitkommando it was rife.
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    And wounded WWI vets and the aged in nursing homes.

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    Hitler's ideology aside, I think there's something more worrisome.

    It is that Hitler held himself above the people he governed and even the rest of the world.

    When one answers the call to public service, he should remember that he temporarily assumes a LOWER station in life.
    There are two active words here: "temporary" and "lower." To work as a government officer, one puts himself under the will of the people. Although there might be times when he is called upon to use his authority to limit the will of the people, this should fall under the realm of Locke's Social Contract. Second the term of service should be temporary so as to prevent any one person from becoming too powerful.

    The perks of government are supposed to be there so that the public servant does not have to worry about putting his personal welfare in jeopardy as he does the work of the people. Again, the concept of temporary service should limit a person's access to perks.

    The point I'm driving at is that it is clear that Hitler placed himself above all that. He clearly thought it was his right to hold high office and force his will on others. These pictures only reinforce my belief that he was a sick person. Okay, his relationship with Dr. Morell had a lot to do with his sickness at the end but he was a pretty sick individual from the start.

    What's more troubling is that this belief in government superiority seems to be continuing in modern times.
    I'm not pointing at any particular government or any particular political figure but just look around you and see how many people in government hold themselves above the will of the people instead of servants to it.

    That is what I think Hitler's legacy truly is: That one person can take over a government and assume power.
    All right, that's not a new concept but what he did do is provide the model for how others can assume power in modern governments.
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    It wasn't Hitler alone he had plenty of accomplices most of them even more demented than him Goebbels, Himmler, Göring. Hitler was the face of the NAZIS but not always the man in power. What Hitler clearly shows to me is what humans and masses (propaganda) are able to do and how low civilization can stoop. Genocide is not a german invention and the killings in the third reich were only the first in a series of genocides in the 20th century Pol Pot, Stalin, Papa Dog, Rwanda/Kongo and many more. It's amazing but it seems that humans never learn from the past quiet the contrary in fact.

    Fully agree with this point
    What's more troubling is that this belief in government superiority seems to be continuing in modern times.
    I'm not pointing at any particular government or any particular political figure but just look around you and see how many people in government hold themselves above the will of the people instead of servants to it.

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    Yes, you're right. Hitler did not act alone but, as the figure head of the Nazi machine, we hold him up as a singular example of the wrongdoings of many people who acted together as a group. I agree that the Nazis were just the vanguard that paved the way for others who came after him.

    It just bugs the hell out of me to see somebody who is supposed to be a trustee of the people acting like Hitler did, as if he was better than the people he governed.

    This is an attitude that I am afraid is becoming all too common in today's governments. It is an attitude that needs to be stamped out.
    Regardless of the country people live in, the party they belong to or the political ideology they hold, I hope that people will consider this thought the next time they vote. If we don't, we might not be able to vote much longer.

    I hope these pictures will serve as a reminder to people.

    Remember: Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Genocide is not a german invention and the killings in the third reich were only the first in a series of genocides in the 20th century...
    Don't forgot the Armenian genocide in Turkey during the first world war. Just in the 20th century I'd bet there were other genocides before that, some covered up (like Turkey does to this day) or never reported.

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    Thanks L. Gebhardt for mentioning the Armenians I just choose the later massacres/genocides to show that we haven't learned a lot since 1945 and of course 1915.

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