Father of the devil
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As you know, there are certain documentary evidence that the father of the future Fuhrer, Alois Hitler, is suspected of Jewish blood that was hated by the Nazis in his veins. We deliberately will not dwell on all the historical details of the origin of Hitler's father, because it does not fit into the objectives of this article. We mention only some facts.
Here is what the German historian, specialist on Nazi history, Joachim Fest writes about the origin of Alois Hitler in his book "The Face of the Third Reich": The cook, Adolph Hitler’s grandmother, worked for a Jewish family named Frankenberger at the time of the birth of a child. And this Frankenberger - it was in the 30s of the XIX century - was paid by Shilkgruber for his son, who was then about nineteen years old, alimony ... In addition, for several years, correspondence took place between Frankenberger and Hitler's grandmother,the general content of which was the tacit admission of both parties that the child Shilkgruber was conceived under such a set of circumstances, which obliges Frankenberger to pay her alimony ”.
It is improbable that the matured son of the same cook, Alois, would not have known anything about these facts — known to the whole village. But regardless of whether these rumors were true or not, the fourfold dishonor over the future father of the dictator: he was poor; he was illegitimate; he was separated from his mother at the age of five; Jewish blood flowed in his veins (which in those times meant shame and isolation).
Alois Hitler © Wikimedia Commons
It is clear that even if the last point was just a rumor - this did not at all save the situation, since the first three points remained indisputable. The fact that Alois at the age of forty changed his name - with all the subsequent serious difficulties and obstacles that Festus describes. According to Alice Miller, these facts show how important and conflicting was his question of origin.
Alois all his life will be protected from the yoke of this shame through their success,bureaucratic career, his uniform, pompous manners and incredibly cruel treatment of his wife and children, among whom was his son - Adolf.
Not all historians, by the way, are convinced that Alois Hitler regularly beat his little son - Adolph - or otherwise mocked him. Similar doubts in his book “The Youth of Hitler” are expressed, for example, by the historian Franz Yeetzinger.
Alois Hitler © Wikimedia Commons
“He [Yetzinger] claims that Hitler was“ definitely ”not a“ beaten child, ”and that“ a wayward and stubborn boy totally deserved ”bashing,” writes Alice Miller in his book Education, Violence and Repentance. “For" his father was a man of very (!) Progressive convictions. "
As a psychologist, Alice Miller absolutely rightly argues that Yetzinger came under the influence of the so-called “black pedagogy”, which is typical for people in general, which justifies child abuse (for example, beating) for educational purposes. Needless to say, even today, as a result of the philosophy of “black pedagogy”, many parents around the world are convinced that punishing their children with flogging, ridicule, and other types of psychological and physical violence is the norm, which is directed solely for the benefit of the children.During Hitler’s childhood in Germany, these views on parenting were even more certain. So many children were “brought up”, but not all were subjected to such cruelty, which fell to the lot of Alois, as well as his wives.
The famous American historian and publicist John Toland in his book “Adolf Hitler” writes: Once, when the rebellious moods were especially strong in him, Adolf decided to run away from home. Somehow, Alois found out about these plans and locked the boy in the attic. All night, Adolf tried to squeeze through the window. It was too narrow, so he took off his clothes. At that moment, he heard the steps of a rising father on the stairs and in a hurry he backed up, covering his nakedness with a tablecloth taken from a chair ... the father laughed and began to shout to Clara so that she would come and look at the "boy in toga". This ridicule caused Adolf more pain than any other possible outcome of events, and, as he admitted to Elena Ganfshtengl, "for a long time he could not forget this incident." Many years later, he told one of his secretaries that he had read in an adventure novel that the ability to patiently hide his pain was a sign of courage. Therefore, “I decided that I would not make a sound the next time my father would smack me.And when this incident came - I still remember my frightened mother standing at the door - I silently counted the blows. Mother thought I was crazy when, beaming with pride, I said: “Father hit me thirty-two times!”.
This and other documented episodes from the life of Adolf Hitler create the impression that periodically beating his son, Alois gave way to his blind rage caused by the humiliation that he himself experienced as a child. “Obviously, he had an obsessive desire to put out his humiliation and his sufferings on this particular child,” Miller writes.
Adolf Hitler in infancy © Deutsches Bundesarchiv
Alas, for some reason it is difficult for many people to understand that cruelty in this world is usually displaced by innocents. Very often children are victims of such violence. Moreover, violence against them, as already mentioned, is very often justified by the “educational” process. This is the “norm” of our life - their parents, who beat them, “taught” many people. Having matured, most people begin to idealize their fathers and mothers, following them, calling these beatings, ridicule, and outright mockery that “parents only wanted good.” This is understandable.Not everyone is able to recognize his beloved mom and dad as tyrants who simply solved their problems in this way - this is too painful and carries a global restructuring of their own worldview. Therefore, these people, having become parents themselves, prefer to “repeat” the same scenario, taking the postulates, more than common today, of “black pedagogy” for the indisputable truth. The first one: children are by their nature false, hypocritical, selfish, lazy, etc. Second: all these qualities must be knocked out of the child by means of punishments, including corporal. The fact that such statements are erroneous is not just fundamentally, but is the complete opposite of reality, many people prefer not to know. Including, and biographers of Hitler. Moreover, in the case of a person who is the most terrible criminal of all times and peoples, it is incredibly convenient, because Hitler is hated by everyone, and is it worth saying what is for what. However, this in no way justifies the “sins” of his despotic father, the victim — precisely the victim — whom Adolf Hitler once became.
That is why it is so common for historians to ascribe various sins to little Adolf, especially laziness, stubbornness and deceit.“But is a child born a liar? - asks Alice Miller. “And isn't a lie the only way to survive, having such a father, and preserve the remnants of your own dignity?” Sometimes deception and bad grades in school become the only means of hidden development of an island of independence in a person who is in full power of the whims of another. ”
The biographer Rudolf Olden describes Hitler's father, Alois, “He was never on good terms with the people who surrounded him. But in his own house, he established a family dictatorship. His wife looked down on him, and the children constantly felt his firm hand on themselves. Adolf he did not understand and tyrannized. If the old non-commissioned officer wanted the boy to come up to him, he would have two fingers. ”
"The image of a man who calls his child whistling like a dog is so reminiscent of the descriptions of concentration camps that it is not surprising that modern biographers tend to diminish his father’s cruelty, noting that at that time there was nothing special about beatings give more complex arguments against the "denigration" of the father, as does Yetzinger, - writes Alice Miller.“It’s sad that these studies by Yetzinger became an important source for subsequent biographers, but his psychological views were not far from the views of Alois.”
Adolf Hitler, © Getty Images
In all subsequent actions of Hitler on the world stage, Alice Miller sees "acting out" the relationship with his father. Hitler, like many of the most modern and simplest people, found it very difficult to hate his father or mother (for their real atrocities), so he began to hate the Jews. Jews, as is known, have always been a persecuted people, hatred of them in different epochs was almost legitimized - it is safe from the point of view of their own “morality” and public opinion, hatred. After all, hating someone or envying someone is considered in our society to be something “bad” and shameful, although hate and envy are a normal and natural reaction of any person to stress.
Alice Miller: “Jews are not loved for not being special people or doing something special. All this can be observed in other nations ... Jews are hated because people have a need to pour out their suppressed hatred, and they seek to legitimize this need.The Jewish people are especially suited for this purpose ... Through the impact of their unconscious obsessive repetitions, Hitler essentially managed to transfer the trauma of his life in the family to the entire German nation. The introduction of racial discrimination forced every citizen to trace their ancestry down to the third generation, with all the ensuing consequences ... For example, the Inquisition persecuted Jews as non-believers, but they were given a chance to survive if they were baptized. But in the Third Reich neither loyal behavior, nor merit, nor success helped anything, only because of their origin the Jews were doomed: first to humiliation, and then to death. Is this not a reflection of the fate of Hitler himself? ”
The Fuhrer's father, despite all his efforts, great successes in his career also could not fix his "stained" past, just as the Jews were then forbidden to shoot the stars of David. At the same time, racial discrimination repeated the childhood drama of Hitler himself - little Adolf, like any Jew under the Nazi regime, could not hide from his father’s beating under any circumstances.And the beatings were caused not by the bad behavior of Adolf, but by the fact that his father simply “was out of sorts”. "It is these fathers who can pull their sleeping child out of bed if they cannot cope with their mood (perhaps feeling their insignificance and insecurity in any social situation), and beat him in order to restore their narcissistic balance ... that little Adolf was beaten constantly; no matter what he did, there was no escape from the daily whipping. All he could do was deny his pain, that is, in other words, deny himself and identify with the aggressor (father — note NS). No one could help him, not even his mother, because intercession would have brought danger to her, since she was also beaten, ”writes the psychologist.
Adolf Hitler, © ylilauta.org
The same threat of inevitable humiliation, as is known, was waiting for every Jew. The latter could simply walk down the street, but at that time a man with a bandage of a stunner on his sleeve came up to him and could do with him everything, everything that his fantasy prompted at that time, to humiliate him as soon as he wanted. If a Jew suddenly began to resist - the sturmer had the right to beat him to death.At one time, when at the age of 11, Hitler, who could not stand the oppression of his father, wanted to escape, he was beaten to a pulp for only one thought of escape. What is not a repetition of the fate of the Jews in the Third Reich? The desire to bring the whole world to its knees, the desire for honors, almost unlimited power, which was his - is this not a repetition of the fate of little Adolf Schicklgruber? ..
Many will rightly say that in such conditions thousands and even hundreds of thousands of children grew up, but none of them became Hitler. Of course, the education of Adolf superimposed on his personal characteristics - a strong natural temperament, desire for leadership, sensitivity to humiliation, etc. Of course, not for all the circumstances of building a career evolved in the manner in which they formed the icons of the Nazis. Of course, two identical destinies do not happen, as well as two identical people. And Hitler, in spite of everything, does not deserve any justification and remains the most notorious bandit of all time. However, it is still possible to explain his inhuman acts.