Hitler’s Crime Description Structure

To properly analyze a crime (any crime) committed by Adolf Hitler, it is necessary to structure its description in the most efficient way (proper structuring is the mother of proper analysis). Consequently, description of every crime will have the following structure (i.e. will contain answers to the following questions):

  1. What was the essence of the crime in question?
  2. What is the legal classification (i.e. murder, grand theft, etc.) of the crime in question?
  3. Why exactly it was illegal according to German law in effect at that time?
  4. Who were the victims of the crime in question?
  5. Who were the perpetrators (i.e. the SS, Wehrmacht, etc.) of the crime in question?
  6. What were Hitler’s objectives? In other words, why on Earth did he make the decision to commit the crime in question? What were his intended results?
  7. What were the key events, decisions and actions related to the crime in question?
  8. What were actual results the Adolf Hitler achieved by committing this crime? And why was the crime in question (all were) such a monumental blunder?

Obviously, the description of each crime will be followed by analysis & conclusions.

 

His Fundamental Criminality

20190907_194134000_iOSOne of the, alas, very common misconceptions about Hitler’s decisions and actions (thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King who knew next to nothing about Nazi Germany) is that “everything Hitler did in Germany was legal”. In other words, was in complete accord with German laws that were in effect at that time.

In reality, it is a grossly incorrect statement. Contrary to another very popular misconception, Adolf Hitler had absolute power and Germany and thus could legally do whatever he pleased.

It was not the case. The so-called “Reichstag Fire Decree” gave the German political and criminal police power to detain anyone without trial (or any king of due process), eliminated several basic freedoms (of speech, assembly, right to privacy, etc.) and the Enabling Act (legally an amendment to Weimar constitution that was very much in force from 1933 to 1945) only gave Adolf Hitler (as a chancellor) legislative power – to pass and enact laws.

However, every Nazi government official (including Adolf Hitler) was legally bound to operate within the limits established by German laws which were valid at the time in question. Thus violation of any of these laws was a crime (sometimes – a capital crime).

It did not bother Adolf Hitler in the least. Almost right from the start he did what he believed was necessary to achieve his objectives with the ultimate of them being making Germans genuinely happy. And if any law stood in the way… he either ignored it or violated it outright. Which was, obviously, a crime.

But he did not care. He was an Army man, not a lawyer. And not just an Army man, but a commander-in-chief of the army that was fighting a genuinely existential war. And in that war, there was only one law – the winner either enslaves or annihilates the loser. And thus the only genuine crime was losing the war. Period. Consequently, for Adolf Hitler victory was not everything – it was the only thing.

Hence, he simply did what he believed (often erroneously) what was the right thing to do. Using not the power of the law, but the brutal force of Wehrmacht, SA and SS (the latter swiftly established full control over just about all law enforcement agencies in Germany).

By definition, any individual whose operational philosophy allows to break the law to achieve a certain objective, is a criminal. And his mind is, obviously, a criminal mind. Consequently, Adolf Hitler was fundamentally criminal.

And much more than just a criminal. He was a criminal mastermind, a mobster, a capo di tutti cappi, if you will. Because he created three fundamentally organizations – NSDAP, SA and the Nazi State – that were designed to commit crimes (sometimes capital crimes) from Day One.

Consequently, his operational philosophy (and thus his decisions and actions) was unquestionably criminal. Was it operationally right? In other words, was it the right thing to ignore the law and focus only on achieving the objective, using all available tools and methods – no matter how criminal?

The answer is surprisingly orthodox: It was wrong. Wrong for a very simple reason – just about all Hitler’s crimes were colossal blunders (why – I will explain shortly). Blunders that ultimately cost Adolf Hitler his war, his state, his civilization and ultimately – his very life.

His Monstrous Crimes (4)

20190907_194034000_iOSWhy didn’t the other Germans (other than the war criminals that is) rebel against these heinous crimes? Actually, they did – once – and very successfully (or so it seemed at the time).

Contrary to a very popular misconception, a forceful action by a sufficient number of “ordinary Germans” was a powerful force in the Third Reich. Which does say something very important about the true nature and true objectives of the Nazis and their Führerstaat.

Although Aktion T4 (mass murder of mentally and/or physically sick) was very important to the Nazi top brass and to Hitler personally, he had to bow to the revolt of the “ordinary Germans” (supported by both Catholic and Lutheran Church). And to terminate the program at the end of August of 1941.

Protests were led by the outspoken Bishop of Münster (subsequently Cardinal), Clemens von Galen, whose intervention led to “the strongest, most explicit and most widespread [and the most successful] protest movement against any policy since the beginning of the Third Reich”, according to Third Reich historian Dr. Richard J. Evans.

Which means that had the German public protested against the Holocaust (or any other mass murder program for that matter), Hitler would have had no other choice but to terminate the program in question.

To prevent this from happening, the SS covered these crimes with the strictest possible security blanket making sure that (1) the information is shared strictly on the “need to know” basis; (2) those that know don’t talk; and (3) those who do talk – including the accidental witnesses – are swiftly and brutally silenced.

Consequently, the overwhelming majority of Germans were blissfully unaware of these monstrous crimes and experienced the most powerful and painful shock in their lives after being exposed to these crimes by the victorious Allies.

It is worse than a crime – it is a [colossal] blunder”. That’s how Antoine Boulay, comte de la Meurthe (a prominent French politician of the Napoleonic era) reacted to the execution of Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien (it was a colossal blunder indeed as it ultimately cost Napoleon I his empire and his power and led to his untimely death on Saint Helena island).

Exactly the same can (and must!) be said about every crime committed by the Nazis (and thus ultimately by Adolf Hitler himself). I will explain why in detail in the corresponding sections in this chapter (that deal with each of these monstrous crimes).

Here I will only note (I will prove it beyond the reasonable doubt a bit later) that these crimes contributed significantly to Nazi defeat in the Second Great War, demise of the Third Reich and Hitler’s suicide in the Führerbunker.

 

His Monstrous Crimes (3)

20190907_193958000_iOSNow we need to answer two more fundamental questions: How did Adolf Hitler convince, inspire and motivate thousands of Germans to commit genuinely monstrous and horrible crimes (‘reprogrammed’ them into mass murderers)?

And how did he convince other Germans to do nothing to prevent these crimes from being committed – or to stop these crimes after they were commenced?

To properly and adequately answer these questions, we must first estimate (with sufficient accuracy) the number of criminals. In other words, the number of individuals – officers, soldiers and NCOs of the SS (mostly) and Wehrmacht – who played a material role in criminal processes (e.g. mass murder of Jews in concentration camps or executions of Soviet commissars) – and thus were guilty of murder, felony murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other capital offenses.

To estimate this number with 10% accuracy will probably require writing a huge portion of a separate book (“The Essential Guide to Nazi Crimes”) so in this section I will provide a very rough estimate of about 100,000. That’s 0.125% of the population of the Third Reich at that time.

The total number of individuals in Einsatzgruppen (“Nazi death squads”) – undoubtedly the most numerous “Nazi criminal gangs” was about 3,000 (including support personnel which could be charged with accessory to murder at most). The total number of concentration camp guards (only a fraction of which were directly involved in criminal activities) was 22,000.

It is well-known that about 3% of military personnel (in any army) and of members of any paramilitary organization are sadists who simply enjoy killing and torturing people (often committing other crimes in the process).

By the time Nazi war crimes began in earnest (with the start of the Second Great War), there were 1,250,000 members of the SS. Which means that 37,500 of them did not need any motivation to commit these heinous crimes.

During the war about 18 million men served in the Wehrmacht. Which means that there were more than half a million (!) willing to do the same without any additional convincing, motivation, inspiration, indoctrination, etc. Far, far more than actually did commit these crimes.

All Nazi crimes were committed by volunteers – no one ever was coerced to commit a war crime and no one was ever punished (even very lightly) for refusing to do it. Consequently, it would be fair to conclude, that most (if not practically all) war criminals committed these crimes simply because they enjoyed it – and because they could do it with impunity (or so it seemed at the moment).

Which means that their participation in these crimes had nothing to do with Nazi ideology – the top Nazis (including Adolf Hitler, of course) simply created the environment (and the opportunity) that facilitated (and encouraged) these crimes.

However, there is little (if any) doubt that other key factors were in play. After the Blockade of Germany and the Great Hunger of 1917-19 the need for sufficient Lebensraum (and thus of brutal colonial wars and no less brutal exploitation of conquered territories) was self-evident for just about any Nazi (and not just the Nazis).

And the existential war with Bolshevism was the reality. Jews had nothing to do with that, of course, but the (perceived) evidence to the contrary was so strong (I will discuss it in detail in the section on the Holocaust) that it left almost no doubt in the need to exterminate the Jews.

Add to that incredible (almost superhuman) Hitler’s mesmerizing (hypnotizing even) emotional and spiritual powers… and you will immediately see why the Nazis committed their heinous crimes.

In short, they did it, because (1) they took an oath to Hitler personally and thus had to obey his orders and orders of their superiors – a very powerful motive for a member of the Wehrmacht, SS or Waffen-SS; (2) they sincerely – though incorrectly – believed they were doing the right, noble, honorable and patriotic thing; and (3) some if not the most of them simply enjoyed the process and its results

His Monstrous Crimes (2)

20190907_193824000_iOSNow a millions-of-lives question is: How did Adolf Hitler became such a monstrous, horrible criminal? And an equally important question is: How he managed to convince, inspire and motivate thousands and thousands of initially quite decent Germans to eagerly participate in these enormous, horrific felonies?

Let’s start with Adolf Hitler. First, he was a quintessential Army man and thus had a totally military perspective of life. Which meant that for him violence, use of deadly force and even murder were perfectly acceptable tools in any serious conflict. Both in was and in (presumably) civilian life.

Who was (as I have mentioned on many occasions), a national-sociopath. Which means that he did not care a rat’s ass (pardon my French) about not only physical and emotional well-being of non-Aryans (Jews, Slavs, etc.) but about their very lives.

Few psychopaths (sociopaths) become serial killers or mass murderers but some do – and their personality disorder is a major factor in their transformation. And Adolf Hitler was definitely one of those “very few”.

A closely related factor was his obsession with Lebensraum (“living space”) for Germans. Although he never mentions it explicitly, it is pretty evident that he was fundamentally shocked by the Great Hunger of 1917-19 (which killed about a MILLION his compatriots).

He was so shocked that he made it his Mission to make sure that the Germans always have enough to eat (blockade or no blockade). In other words, that it is always self-sufficient in all basic foodstuffs.

As German soil was not capable of feeding all Germans (no matter how efficient agricultural technologies could become), the only way to achieve that objectives was to fight the colonial war.

In other words, to invade, conquer and colonize territories in the East (mostly in Poland and in the Soviet Union). And then use these territories to provide ample supply of foodstuffs to Germans to make German-controlled territories self-sufficient in basic food.

Which in reality meant that millions of native inhabitants of these territories were doomed to death from starvation. Which did not bother Hitler (a national-sociopath par excellence) in the least. The logic of a national-sociopath is simple, brutal and murderous – if we need to starve a Slav to provide a German with proper nourishment, so be it.

Another personality trait that ultimately transformed Adolf Hitler into such a monstrous criminal was that he always chose (and always instructed his subordinates to choose) the most radical solution to the problem at hand. Which in the time of war almost always meant murder.

Which, incidentally, all but proves that Adolf Hitler did order total extermination of Jews in German-controlled territories as the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”.

Although there is no documentary evidence to confirm that (in such matters Hitler preferred to issue oral directives), most likely he was presented (by Himmler or Heydrich or Göring) with several alternatives. And chose the most radical one: Kill them all!

But the most fundamental idea that made him such a monstrous mass murderer was his concept of an existential racial war – the core and the foundation of all his ideology, philosophy, decisions and actions.

He firmly (and incorrectly) believed that Germany (and the whole “Aryan race”) were fighting the genuinely existential war with “alien races” – first and foremost, with the mythical “Jewish race”.

As the war was existential, victory was not everything – it was the only thing. The only thing that mattered. Hence, all was fair in this war; all tools, methods and actions were permissible – no matter how immoral or criminal.

Aas the war was racial, there were no non-combatants – everyone was a combatant. Men, women, children, the elderly – everyone. Hence, it was OK to kill not only enemy soldiers, but civilians as well. Thus for him the Holocaust was as much a military operation as Operation Barbarossa.