Crimes Committed by Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s achievements were nothing short of breathtaking. Incredible. Splendid. Spectacular. Unfortunately, his crimes were also spectacular.

  1. Transformation of Germany into an essentially lawless society by introducing the Führerprinzip. This principle can be most succinctly understood to mean that “the Führer’s word is above all written law” and that governmental policies, decisions, and offices must adhere to this principle
  2. Creating a fundamentally criminal Nazi System that committed crimes against humanity (and subsequently war crimes) on practically daily (if not hourly) basis
  3. Establishment of a system of concentration camps for the purpose of preventive custody – holding political opponents without trial or any kind of due process.
  4. Violence and murder committed by the Nazis prior to coming to power in 1933
  5. Night of Long Knives’ (‘Operation Himmingbird’) – murder of leaders of the SA and other political opponents of Hitler
  6. Persecution of Jews in Greater Germany in 1933-1939 and on the occupied territories in 1939-1941 (‘pre-Holocaust’)
  7. Persecution of homosexuals. Interestingly enough, Nazis persecuted only male homosexuals and cared little about lesbians.
  8. Aktion T4 – mass murder of mentally ill (and incurably physically ill) individuals in Germany and in the occupied territory of Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Soviet Union
  9. Mass murders in occupied Poland and some other occupied territories (so-called ‘pacification’)
  10. The Commissar Order, according to which any Soviet political commissar identified among captured troops be summarily executed as an enforcer of the Judeo-Bolshevism ideology in military forces. All those prisoners who considered “thoroughly bolshevized or active representatives of the Bolshevist ideology” should also be killed
  11. Mass murder of Soviet POWs with over 3 million victims
  12. Hostage-taking and other reprisal policies against partisans (guerrilla fighters) in occupied territories (especially in Poland, Serbia, Greece and the Soviet Union) which resulted in hundreds thousands of civilians murdered
  13. Einsatzgruppen murders of much of the intelligentsia and cultural elite of Poland (‘pacification’ program), Soviet political commissars, Jews, and Gypsies as well as actual or alleged partisans (mostly in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union)
  14. The Final Solution to the Jewish Question – mass murder of Jews in extermination camps (Chelmno, Treblinka, Bełżec, Sobibór, Auschwitz, Majdanek, Jasenovac and Maly Trostenets) where over 2.7 million Jews were murdered
  15. Genocide of Roma and Sinti people with around 200,000 victims
  16. Plunder of occupied territories (financial resources such as gold, works of art, etc.)
  17. Widespread utilization of slave labor. Nazis forcibly moved approximately 12 million people from almost twenty European countries to Germany. At its peak the forced laborers comprised almost 20% of the German work force.


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