I personally collect artifacts, historical items, and propaganda posters and such, I also perform in war reenactments and am a volunteer in a group that strives to preserve all history , whether it be the enemy's or the victor's.
I've always been fascinated by Nazi history because not only was my family a part of it, but because much of it is so shrouded in controversy and distaste, that people are most of the time ignorant of the truth.
There WERE gay nazi soldiers.
Himmler was on a grander scale worse than Hitler in the 'crazy' department.
They were the prime creators of the Volkswagen. (you'd be surprised how many people don't know that)
Despite the atrocious ills that they commited upon humanity and the world, they had successfully pulled their country from a detrimental and lethal depression, and became close to a superpower nearly overnight.
Despite the atrocious ills they committed upon twins and children, the Medical studies that were produced greatly aided the world.
What many people don't know.
Germany wasn't the only one who had Concentration camps. The United States created many for Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor, while they did not exterminate, they were brutal and heinously vile towards the people within them.
Germany was damn close to creating the atomic bomb before the United States.
Their studies helped create the fighter planes that we have today.
I just wish people would remember that it wasn't the Nazi grunts who were evil, but the people at the puppet strings. But hell, I'm the kind of person who will sympathize with any enemy I hold.
I greatly respected my enemy in the Iraq War, because they were fighting for something they believed wholly in. That, I can't help but admire.
What I do hate are neo-nazis, you know, the ones who are absolutely fucking disgusting. I don't think they realize that Hitler would probably find them severely repulsive. Severely so. In all honesty, half of them look like overgrown, inbred babies.
THere is a difference with fascination with the History, and fascination with being a dumbfuck.
Oh yes, me, where my family's native country was invaded on his command, where a good number of my family members helped out in th Resistance.
Oh yes, me, a Nazi -_-
(But seriously, it vexes me how some people jump to conclusions too much)
Propaganda is illegal here.
Russian neo-Nazis should be fucking ashamed of their fucking selves.
This reminds me of the time I said something about how many soldiers followed Hitler because they thought they could make the world and their country better AND that some of their (atrocious) experiments were meant to help humanity (though they went about it wrong). In a Holocaust museum. I got glared at as if I were Hitler himself for the rest of the day.
It doesn't help that my mom and stepdad know I'm into researching Nazi military leaders. (And my stepdad's personal creed seems to be "FUCK THE NAZIS" because he once dated a Jewish girl.)
The more I look at them the more I wonder how such grotesque murderous clowns got 40% of the German votes!
PS: Any prisonner from Auschwitz/Birkenau/Dachau/Buchenwaldwould have done anything to exchange his/her place with an American camp's Japanese inmate. Even without the factories' sabotage, Germany's ressources would have never been enough to make the A bomb before the end of war, a large amount of Germany's brightest scientists fled their country when the nazis arrived (so long for scientific advance). And I'd like some facts about the true medical advances made only from tortured "patients".
BTW I'm part German. And as much as I know that the "Nazi grunts" were normal human beings (hell, even Himmler was a happy fella at times!), I also know that loving their family, playing Mozart or singing Schubert didn't prevent them from raping women, shooting children and looting and burning villages all across Europe. I wouldn't wish anyone to fall into the hands of these "humans".
I agree on this, this time in history is so fascinating
and it's a time in history when idea's was taken from
like millitary wise,Medical,planes ect.....
Also this was a war where no one was good not one country...
After the United States gobbled up California and half of Mexico, and we were stripped down to nothing, territorial expansion suddenly becomes a crime. It's been going on for centuries, and it will still go on..... Hermann Göring
In one scene in a movie I saw a while ago, the bad guy chased some people into a farmhouse and ordered a soldier to set it on fire to drive them out (or worse). I felt like someone had kicked me in the gut... and then remembered something I'd seen even earlier. The introduction to a TV miniseries about the Holocaust had included a brief clip of a similar atrocity.
In show business, they say the strength of the villain is the strength of your story. May the original evil insanity never be repeated... even if the themes and images do continue to flash darkly in our art and culture for a long time to come.
I personally have a fascination with serial killers. When I tell people that, they look at me like I am one. One guy I even told spread a rumor around school that I wanted to be a murderer or something.
Needless to say I didn't have a very good social life XD
I wouldn't call mine innocent, and I disagree with many predjudices of orginial Nazi-ology,
but I am a WWII geek, and proudly so.
Honestly I find WW2 one of the most fascinating times of our history, because there was no good guy- sure, there were good GUYS, but no one side was completely holy. In war stories they always have one side seem like the antogonist or whatever and if you're on this otheer side you're completely immoral and wrong and you'll be punished and all that.
I do find Hitler to be interesting too, like how he used to be a painter in Austria, and because of all the injustice towards Germany in WW1, WW2 was started. (I also find it funny that Germany was trying to remove non-aryans(SP?) but Hitler himself wasn't aryan OR German)
Neonazis make me laugh at their stupidity.
A lot of Nazis were forced to join- my friend's great- grandma or grandma(I can't remember which) was forced to join.
Oh, and do you know about Hetalia? Well if you don't it's personified forms of the countries and I wore my Russia cosplay outift to school and I was called a Nazi....how does that work?
I get the same thing when I'm cosplaying Major Ocelot from Metal Gear. Either they think I'm from Hetalia, or they think I'm a Nazi.
What I find just as frustrating as the Neo-Nazis are those who hold onto Stalin's cult of personality, claiming that "Uncle Joe" was a wholly benevolent ruler - like Hitler, he was effective at rapidly industrializing a nation, but the Stalinists are denying even more murders than the Neo-Nazis.