Lecture by B.L. Khavkin "Third Reich: how German children were turned into anti-Semites"
On October 6, 2017 the specialist on the history of Russian-German relations, professor of the Historical and Archival Institute of the Russian State University for the Humanities, doctor of historical sciences B.L. Khavkin will deliver a lecture
Abstract of the report:
The exposure of fascism and National Socialism presupposes a truthful, based on the knowledge of sources, facts and events, critical account of their ideological constructions, political theories and criminal practices. It is generally accepted that the philosophical, ideological, socio-political, psychological and mental foundation of German National Socialism was racism and anti-Semitism. In the Hitler Reich racism and anti-Semitism, in their most primitive form, became the basis of the state, whose goal was to build socialism for the "higher" Aryan (Nordic) race by enslaving and destroying the "lower" races and peoples.
The modern German philosopher H. Glaser asserts that in order to understand the causes of emergence, development and success of German National Socialism one should study the history of mentality and psychohistory. The mentality of the Nazis was formed on the basis of the "Aryan myth" and anti-Semitic prejudices.
For the national "blood purity" consolidation, the Nazis needed an "eternal enemy", in the fight against which, the rallying of the nation would take place. From the Middle Ages this role had traditionally been assigned to Jews. But unlike medieval religious anti-Semitism (f. i, Martin Luther's anti-Semitic pamphlets), Nazi anti-Semitism was racial. The Jews as "racial enemies" were fenced off from the "German community" by hundreds of laws and orders implemented not only by convinced Nazis but also by most law-abiding ordinary Germans, as well as by officials, lawyers, police, the army, the press, the school, etc.So gradually the way for the "final solution" of the Jewish question - the destruction of 6 million European Jews - by the Nazis was paved.
With the poison of anti-Semitism the Nazis deliberately and purposefully poisoned Germans from their early childhood.
Boris Lvovich Khavkin - Specialist in the history of Russian-German relations, Professor of the Historical and Archival Institute of the RSUH, Doctor of Historical Sciences.
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