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There Was No Good Hitler

My own grandfather, Max Schoenwalter, received a letter from the Nazi regime informing him that his paint company was to be liquidated and Judenrein or “Jew free.” That letter was sent to him in January of 1938.


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In an article recently printed in a pro-Kremlin newspaper, Andranik Migranyan, head of a pro-Russian organization here in Manhattan, suggested that had Hitler stopped in 1939 he would be considered a “good Hitler.”

“One should distinguish the difference between Hitler before 1939 and Hitler after 1939” said Mr. Migranyan who argues that if Hitler had stopped after the “bloodless” reunification of German lands “he would have gone down in the history of his country as a politician of the highest order.”

How Mr. Migranyan could make such a statement despite the fact that by this time Hitler had already organized Dachau (the first concentration camp), Kristallnacht, and carried out dozens of Nuremberg racial laws, is beyond me. My own grandfather, Max Schoenwalter, who lived with his family in Germany, received a letter from the Nazi regime informing him that his paint company was to be liquidated and Judenrein or “Jew free.” That letter was sent to him in January of 1938.

But an even deeper question arises: Why would a Russian, representing the current Russian government make such a statement? The Soviet Union lost more than 20 million people fighting the Germans during the Second World War. Communists despise Fascists. How could Migranyan say this?

The reality is that until Germany attacked Russia, the Soviets were largely unaffected by what the Nazis were doing to Jews and other groups they deemed non-Aryan. It wasn’t until the Nazis invaded Russia that the Soviet Union was impacted by Fascism. And so liquidating people’s business, implementing discriminatory laws, instigating pogroms and sending Jews to concentration camps dosen’t make Hitler a bad person. Only attacking Russia does.

The world becomes a very dangerous place when a leader’s morality is evaluated by how he or she treats one people but not by the way they treat another.  It may seem obvious but a person can only be deemed ethical if they behave civilly and fairly to all people. Hitler tried to demonstrate that only some people deserve to be treated with dignity but the Jewish Biblical teaching that all people are created in the Divine image demands that all humanity, irrespective of race, creed or religion be treated with respect and kindness. And so there was never a “good” Hitler, not even before 1939.

About the Author: Rabbi Mark Wildes holds a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a JD from the Cardozo School of Law, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and was ordained from Yeshiva University. He currently teaches an Outreach Training Seminar at Yeshiva University’s Rabbinical School.


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34 Responses to “There Was No Good Hitler”

  1. Bryan Baruch says:

    As if there was really a question.

  2. he was just plain evil his direction was evil, his motivation was evil and knew what he wanted to do before he got elected.

  3. All the way evil through and through

  4. Same to China Hitlers today

  5. Eeewww I hate hitler I glad he dead

  6. Why did the zionists conspire with him

  7. Why did the zionists conspire with him

  8. Is it true that hitler was a jew?

  9. Andi Priest says:

    Hitler was possessed by a very dark force that is still running rampant in the hearts of man the world over. Evil in it’s finest- if there is such a thing.

  10. David Cubero says:

    OOPS! I hit “Post” trying to correct a mess-up… To complete My Comment,,,Hitler was The Most Evil! Truly, CONSUMATE EVIL! Forgive My Above Error…

  11. Go to hell Allan Ceasar Vale The Fuhrer was no filthy jew and you sad sacks only perceive righteousness dimly and through sociopathic perception so you can only call his power evil ,when in fact he was a holy man sent to bring the white race back on track. I hope every one of you sleeps well tonight knowing we who love him and love our race see you pigs and mongrels for what you are: genetic expressions of filth and unholiness

  12. Oh yes, Heather, Hitler is dead, deader than a door nail. He was a Jew hater. Read your history books. He had the Jews rounded up like cattle and put on trains to the gas chambers. We’re you sleeping during your history class. He was mean to the Jews. Go back to the history books kidd, you might learn something

  13. Ussama Mirza says:

    i love u man..<3

  14. Is Satan pure evil or there is some good with him?

  15. Please I love everything about Israel and the Jews but don’t put this disgusting thing on any thing I can see

  16. This jew.hater will fsce the lord god almighty . It is a scary moment.

  17. Don’t even put his picture on anything!!!

  18. Ira Abramson says:

    Heather, you need an attitude change. You would fit well with the skin heads, but you need a shave.

  19. Ira Abramson says:

    Heather, why are you reading a Jewish publication?

  20. David Elliot says:

    But today there are many Hitlers in Iran, Gaza. PLO and Hezbolahs.

  21. Loren Renee says:

    Crazy pseudo religious rambling from a crazy brain made crazier by advanced syphilis

  22. He didn’t invade Palestine ?

  23. He didn’t invade Palestine ?

  24. God took care of this ******* hitler

  25. God took care of this ******* hitler

  26. Hollund Shaf says:

    The ignorance in this world is astounding.

  27. Heather – first of all, your hair is way too long – your head should be shaved bald, or it should be blonde. Second of all, as die hure, die zicke and die schlampe of The Devil Hitler, there are other words which fit you – ungeziefer, untermentsch, ratte, blydel, pappnase, hundin, tier, saverel, hirnrissig, verryckt and ybergeschnappt. If you need these translated…

  28. and that same spirit of evil is seen today in barrack obam

  29. Mike Stewart says:

    He started out like every young man. But he lost his parents and then he lost his way. He became involved in things that we evil and in the end it cost him and the world over 80,000,000 people during WWII. The greater lesson that we all can learn is that no child is a throw away, if we help lead them with love and proper attention tyrants will not develop and evil will die.

  30. Niels Mayer says:

    Henry Ford and Prescott Bush loved Hitler enough to fund his wars, have the FBI coverup his escape to Argentina all while importing many Nazi War criminals (Werner con Braun, Reinhard Gehlen, Erich Traub) to infest the US with Nazi ideology and psychopathy at every level of government. http://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler

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