Saturday, November 29, 2008

So Hitler Had TWO Testicles

News to me. Ron Rosenbaum at Slate takes on those who mythologize Hitler's sexuality in an attempt to explain his actions, it's an interesting read. My two cents; Hitler was only one man and one man no matter how perverse or powerful can only do so much on his own. Hitler bears the responsibility for leading the Third Reich but Germany and the German people bear the responsibility for electing him and acting out their collective, macabre ambitions.
As for Hitler's sexuality, I couldn't care less. If he were a sexless freak or an oversexed stoat what would that tell us about him? I guarantee you there are more extreme people at either end of the spectrum living within a mile of you and not one of them has any plan to invade Poland or enact any final solutions. Chances are that if we knew everything there was to know about the inner workings of Hitler's mind we'd be shocked not at the pathology, but at the banality of it all. I guess it's reassuring to think that Hitler and men like him are superhuman monsters. The scary truth is that he's not so unusual, what was unusual is that he was elected to lead a powerful nation like Germany and the German people followed him. If you are searching for lessons from history, that's a good place to start.

1 comment:

CultMan said...

I don't know what to say, except a pathetic "Right On!" A good parsing of the on-going, ever-present Hitler/Nazi commentary.