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  • Hitler showed no philosophical sophistication. If any philosopher had an influence on him, it probably came from Schopenhuer (which he does briefly mention in Mein Kampf). Hans Frank, Hitler's personal lawyer, recalled that Hitler carried a copy of Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation with him throughout World War I, but Hitler never revealed any appreciation of Friedrich Nietzsche or his philosophy
  • It's pretty clear that Nietzsche's belief in a master race and the coming of the "superman" influenced a lot of Hitler's philosophy especially that of "Mein Kampf". Hitler later had propaganda pictures taken of himself looking admiringly at a bust of Nietzsche. Hitler also made a big splash at the opening of The Nietzsche Archives. The philosophers sister said at that event: "Fifty years ago, my sainted brother's writings were virtually unread inside as well as outside Germany. Now ZARATHUSTRA is the bible of our new German youth and, thanks to our heroic new chancellor, these archives have become a center for the presentation of our new German ideology and my brother hailed as the philosophic father of National Socialism. Indeed, these last few years of our new chancellor's rise to power seem to me like a glorious resurrection of my own brother's heroic struggle up from the depths of obscurity to his rightful place in the hearts and minds of our nation. My brother's great doctrine of WILL TO POWER is reincarnated in the advent of Germany's new leader who has with incredible courage has taken upon himself the entire responsibility of his people, And were he with us today my brother would lovingly embrace our new Siegfried as the glorious embodiment of his own ideals."
  • The only reason why Hitler liked Nietzsche's writings was because he did NOT understand it. The superman is NOT a human. It is an "above" man......an evolution if you will and NOT a contrived state. The antichrist sets it out for me clearly. Nietzsche used language that can be so easily misunderstood. A book named "The Antichrist" will always raise eyebrows!
  • It is interesting that you bring up Nietzsche. For Nietzsche was a believer in the super human race. A race of Super human soldiers brought fourth to save the world from the interbreeding of the subhumans. NIetzsche proffesized the comming of the messia to rescue the Arryan race for the poisoned blood of the masses. Now this was the fuel un whcich got Hitler going on about the jews and slaves and the bullshit tha they believed. Yes Nietzsche had a great deal to offer a youthful Hitler to some how find a fight with those who held the power of money. The power of money itself bought what most could not ever afford in the lower classes of Germany before Hitler's rise to power
  • "Hitler often visited the museum in Weimar on Nietzsche and posed for photos looking intently at the bust of Nietzsche. The Nazi movement found much affinity with Nietzsche's ideas including his attacks against democracy, Christianity and parliamentary governments, his preaching in The will to power where Nietzsche proclaimed the coming of a ruling race that would become the "lords of the earth," his praise of war and the belief in a coming master race and the superman. The Nazis also borrowed Nietzsche's views on women saying 'They belong in the kitchen and their chief role in life is to beget children for German warriors' or as Nietzsche put it 'Man shall be trained for war and woman for the procreation of the warrior, any thing else is folly'. The German Nazi Party misrepresented and exploited Nietzsche's work through selective readings. During the interbellum, certain Nazis employed a highly selective reading of Nietzsche's work to advance their ideology, notably Alfred Baeumler in his reading of The Will to Power. The era of Nazi rule (1933 – 1945) saw Nietzsche's writings widely studied in German (and, after 1938, Austrian) schools and universities. Although there exist few — if any — similarities between Nietzsche's political views and Nazism, phrases like "the will to power" became common in Nazi circles. The wide popularity of Nietzsche among Nazis stemmed in part from the endeavors of his sister, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, the editor of Nietzsche's work after his 1889 breakdown, and an eventual Nazi sympathizer. Moreover, Mazzino Montinari, while editing Nietzsche's posthumous works in the 1960s, found that Förster-Nietzsche, while editing the posthumous fragments making up The Will to Power, had cut extracts, changed their order, added titles of her own invention, included passages of others authors copied by Nietzsche as if they had been written by Nietzsche himself, etc. Georges Bataille was one of the first to denounce the deliberate misinterpretation of Nietzsche carried out by Nazis, including Bauemler and Alfred Rosenberg. He dedicated in January 1937 an issue of Acéphale, titled "Reparations to Nietzsche," to the theme "Nietzsche and the Fascists." There, he called Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche "Elisabeth Judas-Förster," recalling Nietzsche's declaration: "To never frequent anyone whom is involved in this bare-faced fraud concerning races." " Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influence_and_reception_of_Friedrich_Nietzsche

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