It must come up in every single argument, from sophisticated to sophomoric, about the practicability of non-violent pacifism. “Look what Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were able to achieve!” “Yes, but what about Hitler? What do you do about the Nazis?” The rebuttal implies future Nazi-like entities looming on the horizon, and though this reductio ad Hitlerum generally has the effect of nullifying any continued rational discussion, it’s difficult to imagine a satisfying pacifist answer to the problem of naked, implacable hatred and …
When it comes to the total number of deaths one person is responsible for Hitler is hard to top (beaten only by Stalin and Mao). The number of non-combatants killed under the Nazi regime is in the region of 11,000,000 according to Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale. I find this to be a reasonable and accurate estimate based on my own research. The true devastation and trauma of murder is easily forgotten when simply tallying death tolls as statistics – even more so when we are discussing an amount as colossal as 11,000,000. As Snyder eloquently puts it himself:
“Discussion of numbers can blunt our sense of the horrific personal character of each killing and the irreducible tragedy of each death. As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, the difference between zero and one is an infinity. (1)
But how many deaths was Hitler personally responsible for? We discuss the answer below, looking at all…
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Originally posted on IrishCentral.com.
Not many of us remember much from the first few years of our lives, but with thanks to parents, family and friends with good memories, not to mention plenty of baby photographs, the majority of us are lucky to know where and how we spent the years before our proper memories begin.
This wasn’t the case for Kari Rovall from Ballinteer, Co. Dublin. Having being adopted and raised in Sweden, she relocated to Ireland some years ago, never knowing anything about how she came to an orphanage in her infancy.
Her early childhood remained a life-long mystery, until she was 64 years old and received a letter containing the first photograph she had ever seen of herself as a baby. The photographers? Nazis.
Beginning a quest to unearth the truth of her own history, Kari discovered that she had been born as part of the Lebensborn or “the spring of life” program, established in Nazi Germany for the purpose of creating a so-called Aryan race. This “master race” plan was a breeding program churning out batches of blond-haired, blue-eyed children who were set to become…