With the current rise of the Alt-Right movement, we’ve sadly been hearing the name “Hitler” a lot more than the average person would hope to hear that name. Similarly, many people have drawn starch parallels between the new Trump administration and Hitler’s Nazi regime, which has instigated heated debated. A few times during these arguments, I’ve heard something along the lines of “I mean Hitler was evil but we can’t deny that he was still a great leader!” First of all, yes we can, Secondly, this idea comes from the false narrative that is often taught in high school history which leads us to believe that Hitler single handedly convinced an entire German population to turn against Jews. A narrative that is often taught in schools as something we should be impressed by. A narrative that is not only false, but also very dangerous – particularly in relation to discussions about our current administration. With the following information, I hope to convince you that Hitler was NOT, in fact, a good leader at all.
- Hitler was not a great leader; he was a great manipulator
Hitler did not SINGLE HANDEDLY convince the entire German population to turn against Jews. Hitler didn’t create anti-Semitism in Germany. Germany had a long history of discriminating against Jews that dated back to before Hitler was even born. With the economic devastation that followed World War I, Hitler exploited this culture of Jewish discrimination to deceive the German people and manipulate them against a common enemy, which he then used to rise to power. If someone who lies well is the current definition of a good leader, then that explains our current administration.
- Germany’s “economic miracle” under Hitler was not so miraculous
Many argue that under Hitler’s economic policies, unemployment dropped and the economy was on its way to revival. This is significantly exaggerated because women were not calculated in the unemployment calculations which drastically distorted the numbers. Additionally, under Hitler’s new policies, unemployed young men were given an alternative: either get a government job or be forced into a concentration camp. So, of course the unemployment numbers seemed low but it was an illusion created by Hitler so he could use it as a propaganda ploy to further manipulate German people against Jews.
- Hitler lost the war and he lost it really badly!!
If you want to say Hitler is single handedly responsible for something, it’s the death of 3% of the world’s population. Hitler provoked a war which killed over 60 million people!! And after all this?? HE STILL LOST THAT WAR! Even when he knew he had no hopes of winning, he continued to escalate the war and endangered the lives of the people that he’s supposedly so good at leading. Furthermore, instead of surrendering, he killed himself and never took responsibility for his actions, as any true leader would!
- He actively constructed and instructed the genocide of 6 million people… for no reason
This one shouldn’t need further explaining.