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  •  Actually, he wasn't (14+ / 0-)
    For example, Goebbels was faithful to his wife.

    Goebbels had a passionate affair with a Czech actress beginning in 1937. His wife found out about it in the spring of 1938 and complained to Hitler, who ordered Goebbels to break off the relationship. Goebbels offered to resign from the government, but Hitler refused, whereupon Goebbels attempted suicide and Hitler had the actress deported. It has been speculated that one reason Goebbels was so active in persecuting the Jews was that he was attempting to regain the standing he'd lost with Hitler over the affair (see the second volume of Ian Kershaw's biography of Hitler for details). It is also alleged that the head of the Hitlerjugend, Artur Axmann, was attempting to worm his way into Goebbels's good graces by finding attractive women for him (see Michael Kater's book, Hitler Youth, for details).

    •  Thanks for the correction, Michael (3+ / 0-)
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      I recommended your comment. I was, obviously, just going for a cheap shot; thought that Callista's hair would have been too cheap, though.

    •  i appreciate your knowledge on (0+ / 0-)

      the subject... just a question:

      is any of these list of quotes true?  

      Faux News ruined my state

      by sc kitty on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 12:52:13 AM PST

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      •  It's far too long a list to verify each one (1+ / 0-)
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        Most of them sounded like things Hitler said or wrote, though I suspect that at least a few of them have been lifted out of context. I am also suspicious about several of the quotes from Mein Kampf that purport to show Hitler as a believing Christian. Nor, to the best of my recollection, was atheism ever criminalized in Germany. Rather, it was faith (either too fervent or the wrong variety) that was subject to legal sanctions and/or discriminatory practices. Thousands of Catholic priests, monks, and nuns were deported to concentration camps when they insisted on adhering to the tenets of their faith rather than giving total allegiance to Hitler and the Nazi regime. The Jews, obviously, were systematically persecuted for their beliefs (which was sometimes cloaked in Christianist rhetoric, but even at the time most people recognized that violence to Judaism would eventually lead to violence against Christianity, since it's difficult to revere a Jewish carpenter's son if you're killing off all of his distant relations). Then there was the category of Bibelforscher (literally, "Bible-studier"). This was mainly, though not exclusively, applied to Jehovah's Witnesses, who were sent to the camps because they refused as a matter of principle to swear the oath of allegiance to Hitler that was required as part of induction into the military. As the war went on, this category broadened to include pacifists, conscientious objectors, and more or less anyone who was considered too religious by the Nazi authorities.

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