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Old April 16th, 2018, 06:41 PM   #1

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Question Hitler's View of the Germanic Peoples


When posters in another thread started to debate regarding my post about how Hitler might've viewed the Dutch I noticed a lot of contrasting views. I didn't want to derail that thread too much so I thought I would try and move the debate here since people seem interested.

The post that started the debate seems to be centered around the question, "How did Hitler view the Dutch?" When another poster mentioned that Hitler had made several propaganda films depicting the Dutch settlers in the Boer war as heroes, I stated it was probable they were Hitler's 2nd favorite people after the Germans due to their similar languages and cultural heritage.

A lot of people seemed to posit all sorts of contradictory and interesting answers and I thought the question might deserve a thread of its own.

I have a few questions I'd appreciate answers for.

Don't the German and French peoples have a common origin in the Frankish kingdom? How did Hitler and the Nazis view this?

Was Hitler more of a nationalist with racialist leanings or a racialist with nationalist leanings?

How did did Hitler view non-German, but still Germanic, peoples?

I've heard that Hitler didn't view the English very well. Was this because he viewed them as too mixed with Celtic/Norse/French/Roman "races"?

I think this could be a touchy subject. Please understand I'm not asking to incite anyone, but to understand more about an undoubtedly evil and disturbed, yet fascinating, historical character.
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Old April 16th, 2018, 06:48 PM   #2

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I believe I've heard Hitler viewed the French as lazy degenerates. Hitler Initially viewed America as an Aryan nation with potential, then later changed his view to believe it was a dumping ground for ethnic trash (his term was something along those lines).
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Don't the German and French peoples have a common origin in the Frankish kingdom? How did Hitler and the Nazis view this?
Nazi attacks on France were based on its perceived decadence and resentment about the First World War. They had no racial prejudice against the French.

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Was Hitler more of a nationalist with racialist leanings or a racialist with nationalist leanings?
Hitler was a racialist. He was only interested in nationalism to the extent that it supported a ethnic German nation-state.

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How did did Hitler view non-German, but still Germanic, peoples?
He saw them like Romans saw Italians during the Republic - not as good as Germans, but better than everyone else.

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I've heard that Hitler didn't view the English very well. Was this because he viewed them as too mixed with Celtic/Norse/French/Roman "races"?
Hitler had a love-hate relationship with England (the Nazis almost never referred to Great Britain or the UK). He hated the English because he desperately wanted their approval. In his mind, the British Empire was proof of Aryan superiority - how else could a small island build a global empire? He knew he would have to fight a brief war, but he believed the English would see the light and join the Nazi world order as respected junior partners. He was deeply resentful that it never happened.
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I've heard that Hitler didn't view the English very well. Was this because he viewed them as too mixed with Celtic/Norse/French/Roman "races"?
I remember historian Richard Bosworth referring to his parents'(Australians, hence being part of the British Commonwealth) travelling to Fascist Italy and to Nazi Germany in the late 30s: in the former country they were mistreated as the people who sanctioned Italy Ethiopia's invasion (some Italian people spit on them ) while they were well-receieved in Nazi Germany: this may give some informations on the propaganda role in these countries, during WWII there were German videos who imagines British and German soldiers acting as borthers after the conquest of the projected conquest of the isle by the German troops. On the other side I remember Heidegger's vision of the English as "Europeans who don't think", this may add some info on Anglophobia among right-wing totalitarianism.
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