Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 weeks ago

Why did anyone choose to be a nazi?

How could they be that wicked? At least that's in the past now.

17 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    they did not choose, they were forced

  • 4 weeks ago

    why not , after all they have better manners than you do , and there more patriotic too.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Lots of Germans chose to be Nazis between the wars so they could rid Germany of the Communists.

  • Prince
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Evil persons such as criminals are, determine to gain material wealth and power in this world without reference to ethics, morality or heaven. So they tell a Lie about breaking God's commandment against murder as serving God when, actually they're just serving themselves. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Hindsight gives you perfect vision. Remember the Germans of the immediate post-WWI period couldn't see ahead to the horrors of the 1930s, the next war and the Holocaust. What they saw was a man offering to lead them out of chaos and back to stability.

    You know, I know, we all know, how very mistaken they were. But they didn't, and couldn't.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Everything happens for a reason, and when a person's reason for what happened starts at the conclusion of what happened, the actual facts will never come to the surface.

    Such is the British viewpoint - they judge the cause based on the conclusion. For instance, they scream "Jewish extermination" and "gas chambers" because these were the conclusions drawn from what was assumed in the aftermath.

    It was determined through a US Army investigation in 1948 that "no poison gas was used to kill prisoners at the following camps: Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Flossenburg, Gross-Rosen, Mauthausen and satellite camps Natzweiller, Nevengame, Niederhagen (Wewelsburg), Ravensbruck, Sachsenhausen, Stutthof, Theresienstadt.

    In all cases where gassings were alleged, it could be proven that torture had been used to extract confessions and witnesses have lied. "(Re-read above where it says 'In all cases where gassings were alleged, it could be proven that torture had been used to extract confessions and witnesses have lied'.) 

    This may not be the case in Poland universally, since contrary to the claims that "the eyewitnesses had no reason to lie", they were being held against their will and forced to do manual labor that most were not used to doing - they had EVERY reason to lie.

    Major Miller

    Commanding officer

    Allied Military Police Vienna

    Yet, the contrary continues to be promoted. Often the story changes to "just in Polish extermination camps". But one has to question how an invisible line (border between countries) could effect such a moral difference between Germany and the camps where the US military had investigative powers could differ so much than Poland, where the US had no investigative powers.

    The only "evidence" they relied on was what the Soviets "discovered" - the same Soviets that hated Germany with as much of a passion as did Churchill.

    The idea of there being such a stark contrast in policy by the same country is absurd and can only be explained as "the Soviets lied".I hate to keep using the term 'cognitive dissonance' but there's nothing else to describe the obsessive denial when documented facts are known and easily available.

    The answer given by the anonymous person who spoke of Bolshevism is 100% correct. One can't possibly understand what happened until they look back and find out what the underlying cause was.

    People don't want to do that - they repeat what the mainstream history books have taught them and then deny anything that disagrees with that.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Not many Germans actually joined the Nazi party. 

    Many of those that did, did so to preserve their jobs – government and civil service careers were furthered by party membership.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Propaganda is a powerful thing.  We would do well to take note and be aware of that.  Individual people tend to be smart and responsible but something weird happens to people when the get swept up in mass hysteria.  Another lesson to be learned from the Nazis (unfortunately it only seems to be the politicians that are taking notes).

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    They didn't see it as wicked.  That's basically the answer for any of these things.  People who dislike President Trump consider him immoral and criminal and wonder how anyone could have voted for him or continue to support him.  But people do because they don't see Trump that way. 

    With the Nazis, we've got to understand where Germany was in the late 20s when they began their rise to power.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Germany had been one of the greatest countries in the world.  In 1871 the dream of German nationalists was fulfilled when all the myriad German states (with the notable exception of Austria) were unified under a single government.  Germany was one of the biggest economic and industrial powers in the world.  They were a hub of science and education.  They had a large, modern, powerful army.  Life was good for most Germans. 

    Then came WWI.  Not only did hundreds of thousands of Germans die in the war, but they lost.  And Germany had a peace imposed on it which most Germans found humiliating and debilitating.  The peace greatly restricted Germany's army.  It stripped them not only of the territory which they had conquered in WWI, but also territory which they had long owned.  Other areas, while still German, were under long term occupation of neighbors like France.  The peace treaty also imposed onerous reparations payments on Germany which robbed the German government of funds and hurt the German economy.  Less materially significant but very humiliating, was that the peace treaty required Germany to assume all blame for the war.  Most Germans had seen their war effort as just.  And even if they were willing to accept some blame, they believed that their enemies, Britain and France, shared at least as  much blame as they did.  The peace was widely seen in Germany not as a just end to the war but as a winner's peace which the Allies had imposed on them as a form of revenge.  It didn't help that many Germans had a hard time that they had been defeated fair and square.  While many German soldiers were killed in the war, the actual fighting occurred mostly away from German territory.  In the East, the Germans had been incredibly successful and were still in possession of massive tracts of land (basically all of Poland) at the time the war ended.  Many Germans, especially civilians, had trouble internalizing the reality of their countries defeat.  This made the humiliation of the peace even worse. 

    But it wasn't just the peace treaty.  In the wake of the war Germany experienced a communist revolution.  It was defeated, but this signaled the beginning of a long period of political instability.  The Imperial German government which had ruled the country since the 1870s fell, with the Kaiser going into exile.  It was replaced by a weak republic which had trouble maintaining law and order.  As if this wasn't bad enough, the economy collapsed.  They faced devastating job losses and hyperinflation the likes of which had never been seen before.  (one anecdote was that at one point it was cheaper to wallpaper your house with money than to buy wallpaper).  Germany had a depression before the Great Depression even started.  Things were really bad for a lot of Germans and the existential angst was often off the charts. 

    Into this mess stepped radical political parties which promised to solve the countries problems.  One of the biggest was the Communists who advocated for major economic changes.  But the Nazis grew big as well. Without wanting to draw parallels to today, the Nazis wanted to "Make Germany Great Again".  They promised not the revolution which the Communists did but a return to the greatness which Germany had enjoyed before the war.  Programmatically, their plans were kind of vague.  They didn't have well detailed proposals for how to achieve German greatness again.  But they weren't going to do what the Communists proposed and this endeared them to more conservative Germans who were scared about radical economic change.  The Nazis promised to restore the German military and get the country out from under the Treaty of Versailles.  They had a vision of a Germany which would once again be one of the greatest powers of the Earth.  As for the anti-semistism which the nazis espoused, at best their supporters saw that as an unfortunate side element of Nazism.  Again, not to make this political in a modern day sense, but just as Republicans dismiss Trump's racism because they like other things he does, some Nazi supporters dismissed the anti-semitism because they liked other elements of their program.  This was an easier position to take because even many outside observers thought that Hitler wasn't really serious about his anti-semitism.  It seems crazy to us now, but before the Holocaust, you had people arguing that Hitler was just using anti-semitism as a ruse to get the rabble on his side.  On the other hand, many Nazi supporters embraced the anti-semitism.  The Nazis weren't only promising a great future for Germany, but they offered a diagnosis of post-war German decline which absolved Germany of any blame.  According to the Nazis, Germany didn't lose the war because of any kind of mistakes or deficiencies of the German Army or German people.  Instead their defeat, and all the subsequent problems, were caused by evil conspirators, mostly Jews, who surrendered to the allies for their own personal benefit.  This idea, known as the "stab in the back" myth, became very popular among many Germans.  It allowed them to scapegoat all the problems which they'd been having and blame it on a very small minority (Jews were about 1% of Germans at the time). 

    So Germans supported the Nazis because they thought that they'd restore Germany to greatness.  Any of the negative stuff that they might have seen in the Nazis rhetoric or program was dismissed as being less significant than the good things. 

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    To make sure nobody would come looking for them in the middle of the night.

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