something inescapably and inexplicably malign. It seems doubtful that even the wholeof the 21st century will erase from the minds of thinking people the still largelyunfulfilled need to understand how and why Hitler became so influential and wrought somuch evil.The fact that so many young Germans (particular from the formerly Communist East)today still salute his name and perpetuate much of his politics is also an amazementand a deep concern to many and what can only be called the resurgence of Nazismamong many young Germans at the close of the 20th century and onwards would seemtogenerate a continuing and pressing need to understand the Hitler phenomenon.So what was it that made Hitler so influential? What was it that made him (as pre-warhistories such as Roberts, 1938, attest) the most popular man in the Germany of hisday? Why does he still have many admirers now in the Germany on which he inflictedsuch disasters? What was (is?) his appeal? And why, of all things, are the youngproducts of an East German Communist upbringing still so susceptible to his message?
The context of Nazism
"True, it is a fixed idea with the French that the Rhine is their property, but tothis arrogant demand the only reply worthy of the German nation is Arndt's:"Give back Alsace and Lorraine". For I am of the opinion, perhaps in contrast tomany whose standpoint I share in other respects, that the reconquest of theGerman-speaking left bank of the Rhine is a matter of national honour, and thatthe Germanisation of a disloyal Holland and of Belgium is a political necessity forus. Shall we let the German nationality be completely suppressed in thesecountries, while the Slavs are rising ever more powerfully in the East?"Have a look at the quote immediately above and say who wrote it. It is a typical Hitlerrant, is it not? Give it to 100 peoplewho know Hitler's speeches and 100 would identifyit as something said by Adolf. The fierce German nationalism and territorial ambition isunmistakeable. And if there is any doubt, have a look at another quote from the sameauthor: “This is our calling, that we shall become the templars of this Grail, gird thesword round our loins for its sake and stake our lives joyfully in the last, holy warwhich will be followed by the thousand-year reign of freedom.” That settles it, doesn't it? Who does not know ofHitler's glorification of military sacrificeand his aim to establish a "thousand-year