Adolf Hitler – After He Was Dead
After They Were Dead
AFTER Adolf Hitler declared himself Fuhrer [FYURR-ur] of Germany, carried out the Holocaust, and began World War II.
AFTER Hitler’s brutal reign and military ambitions lead to the deaths of tens of millions of people.
AFTER Adolf Hitler alongside his new wife Eva Braun committed suicide in his bunker on April 30th, 1945.
Or maybe he didn’t kill himself after all! Some people actually believe he escaped to Latin America and might still be alive today.
Whether that’s true or not, the end of Hitler’s rule in Germany ushered in the Cold War, left Germany divided into East and West, and made way for the founding of Israel.
Hitler’s racist ideology would survive in Germany and throughout the world, in the form of neo-Nazism, as would many companies that worked with Hitler during the war. Corporations like Volkswagen, IBM, Ford, and many others. In fact, if history played out differently Hitler could have been a man we all praised with his image honoured around the world.
Adolf Hilter was born on April 20th, 1889 in Braunau am Inn, Austria. After becoming the leader of Germany in 1933, Hitler and his NAZI regime oversaw massive changes in the country. The holocaust killed about two-thirds of the Jews in Europe: an estimated 6 million, including 1.5 million children. An additional 5 million non-Jews were also killed: among them Slavic, Romani, gay, and disabled people, as well as POWs and political opponents of the NAZI party.
Hitler ceased control of his native Austria, as well as the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, before invading Poland in 1939, marking Europe’s entry into the deadliest war of human history: World War II. By the end of the war, 80 million people had been killed, including about 55 million civilians.
When his plans of a racial cleanse and world domination were coming to an end. Hitler himself died in 1945, having committed suicide with his wife Eva Braun who he married just the day prior.
Some people believe that Hitler didn’t really die in that bunker. Various theories suggest he escaped to Argentina or Brazil. For example, conspiracy theorist Simoni Renee Guerreiro Diaz claims that Hitler settled in a small town in Brazil, where he lived with a black girlfriend until 1984, and provides this picture as proof. Other photo’s have popped up around the world including this one man enjoying his lucnh at a cafe in Argentina.
Now for any of you out there who believe Hitler is still alive today, if he were, he would be over 125 years old at the time of this recording. So, yeah, probably not.
Hitler’s death did mark an end of NAZI Germany, but not the end of WWII, which was still being fought in the Pacific. The United States had initially started the manhattan project to develop nuclear weapons in response to fears that Hitler might be doing the same.
Sadly, the US decided to drop the newly-developed bombs in August of 1945: first on the city of Hiroshima, and then on Nagasaki only three days later in retaliation to the events of Pearl Harbour.
The end of WWII marked the beginning of a new one: the cold war, which would last until the 1990s, between Communist countries, lead by the Soviet Union and China; and Liberal-Democratic countries, the United States, Britain, France and their allies.
Germany was divided between East and West, as was its biggest city and capital. The Berlin wall stood from 1961 until it was torn down in 1989. It was the beginning of the end of the cold war, and a sign that Mr. Gorbachev had finally received Ronald Reagan’s message from two years earlier.
But Hitler’s life and death changed a lot more than just international politics. Many of the international companies that had worked with him would now have to find a way of burying their NAZI connections.
Random House had published Hitler’s propaganda. Kodak, Siemens, and many others had used slave labour from concentration camps. And IBM built custom-made punch card computers for the NAZIs to track Holocaust victims.
Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company was Hitler’s most famous foreign backer, and the apparel designer, Hugo Boss had designed the Hitler Youth, Storm Trooper and SS uniforms.
Also, Volkswagen. Ferdinand Porsche had actually met with Hitler in 1934 to discuss the creation of a “people’s car”. Hitler apparently told Ferdinand to shape the car “like a beetle”. Fast forward to 2016, and VW is still selling the car Hitler conceptualized and named.
There was also a lot of speculation that Hitler was the mind behind the invention of the blow up doll having a travel companion created for his soldiers to aid in the spread of syphilis but recent research has debunked this as a hoax.
But Hitler wouldn’t just tarnish the images of companies. One of the great philosophers of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche would be associated with Hitler and NAZIism for a long, long time.
If you don’t know who Nietzsche was, you might know the phrase “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger”. How about “there are no facts, only interpretations”, or “God is Dead”? These are just a few of Nietzsche’s famous quotes. But thanks to Hitler and Nietzsche’s NAZI sister, poor Friedrich would be largely seen as a NAZI philosopher for decades, even though the guy actually hated Nationalism and Anti-Semitism.
Even Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution was poisoned by NAZIism. Ever since Hitler, Creationists have often connected the NAZI eugenics program to a once popular political theory called Social Darwinism. But, the Theory of Evolution in biology has little to do with Social Darwinism, and nothing to do with NAZIism. Charles Darwin was dead before Hitler was even born.
Ironically, Hitler’s policies kind of helped to found Israel. Zionism, the idea of having Jews return to the Holy Land to create a Jewish state had existed for decades, and had been popularized by writers like Theodor Herzl. But it wasn’t until after the horrors of Hitler’s attempted Final Solution that Zionism would gain mainstream support. Not that anyone’s thanking him.
In 1947, the newly-formed United Nations created a plan to divide that little strip of land into a Jewish state called Israel and an Arab state called Palestine. With good reason to feel unsafe in Europe, waves Jewish immigrants flowed into the Holy Land.
Of course, you can’t talk about Hitler’s legacy without talking about Neo-Nazism. Ever since Hitler’s death, there have been fringe movements around the world seeking to revive the far-right social and political realities of Nazism. If you want to see just how prominent neo-nazism is, just look at the comment section of any of Hitler’s speeches on YouTube. It’s pretty gross.
Neo-Nazis will often deny that the Holocaust ever happened, or claim that the death tolls are exaggerated. After World War II, steps were taken in Germany to prevent Neo-Nazism. West Germany passed laws against publicly professing Nazi beliefs or putting a swastika on display.
Despite these steps, Neo-Nazism has survived in Germany. In 2012, there were a reported 26,000 right wing extremists living in Germany, including at least 6,000 neo-Nazis. Although Holocaust denial remains illegal in Germany, Neo-Nazi organizations are not banned. But with only 6,000 neo-Nazis in the country, I don’t think they’ll be taking over the government anytime soon.
A memorial has been built in Germany and the country has paid $89 Billion in compensation mostly to Jewish victims of Nazi crimes over six decades. In 2004 the Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was unveiled covering 4. 7 acres.
And the rest of the story, well, that’s about it, because this is AFTER They Were DEAD.
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