People who are already well informed and well versed in Hidden History know that there were many forces behind, and reasons for, the creation of Adolf Hitler. So although the title of this documentary is "How Europe Created Adolf Hitler" it doesn't quite cover the entire Hitler backstory.
I'm posting the documentary because it consists entirely of archival footage that shows extremely well how demagogues and dictators, in this case Hitler, attract their followers by creating and playing into people's fears, and presenting themselves as "the solution" to every conceivable socio-political and economic problem.
In my opinion it is highly valuable to compare the images and rhetoric that are shown to those of modern day political campaigns and political rallies around the world.
Notice the similarities, especially with regard to the upcoming US presidential elections. (for more, see the playlist in this article)
The history that you have forgotten has never been more relevant.
What prompted average people to commit extraordinary crimes in support of the Nazi cause? In the Holocaust era, countless ordinary people acted in ways that aided and hindered the persecution and murder of Jews and other targeted groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe. On September 13th, 2017, the Museum hosted a discussion to answer one of the most vexing questions of the Holocaust: How Did Ordinary Citizens Become Murderers?
Former New York Times reporter and award-winning author Ralph Blumenthal moderated this program with two noted scholars:
Dr. Christopher Browning, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina and author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland.
Dr. Wendy Lower, Acting Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.
This is a very interesting video recorded at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., in which author Annie Jacobsen discusses her book Operation Paperclip. She also takes questions and is heckled by someone in the audience, who claims that some of her material wasn't properly "fact-checked". The heckler seems to have been intentionally put there to discredit her work, but you can rest assured that what Annie Jacobsen shows in this presentation are historical facts that have been extremely well documented.
In a covert affair originally dubbed Operation Overcast but later renamed Operation Paperclip, roughly 1600 German scientists (along with their families) were brought to the United States to work on America’s behalf after World War II. The program was run by the newly-formed Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), whose goal was to harness German intellectual resources to help develop America’s arsenal of rockets and other biological and chemical weapons, and to ensure such coveted information did not fall into the hands of the Soviet Union.
Although he officially sanctioned the operation, President Harry Truman forbade the agency from recruiting any Nazi members or active Nazi supporters. Nevertheless, officials within the JIOA and Office of Strategic Services (OSS)—the forerunner to the CIA—bypassed this directive by eliminating or whitewashing incriminating evidence of possible war crimes from the scientists’ records, believing their intelligence to be crucial to the country’s postwar efforts. (see What Was Operation Paperclip?)
So, in short, the Nazi ideology didn't die when World War II ended. It was literally exported through former Nazi scientists and other Nazi officials to the USA and other countries of the world, where it was covertly -but is more and more overtly- held alive. Wake up people!