The Art of Adolf Hitler


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Keep in mind, by no means am I an advocate, fan or supporter of Adolf Hitler or his elimination ideals, however that has never prohibited me from my interest in who and why he advanced to the position of dictator.

Hitler was a puny, less than handsome momma’s boy who feared Jewish blood ran through his veins. He was a high school drop-out, an ineffectual soldier lacking leadership skills and had the reputation of being a coward and Army deserter. He authored Mein Kampf, and of course was the Leader of the Third Reich allegedly masterminding the annihilation of six million Jews.

Freemasons in Nazi labor and extermination camps is a largely unknown chapter of World War II and has hardly been studied. Believing Jews dominated Freemasonry; the Nazis shut down German lodges, burned entire Masonic libraries, and nationalized precious objects and art collections belonging to the members. They herded Freemasons into camps and forced them to wear a red patch in the shape of an upside-down triangle, as though to deprive them of the power embodied in their organization’s equilateral-triangle symbol.

Hitler referred to the Freemasons in “Mein Kampf” and accused the Jews of conspiring with them to take control of Germany. At the height of the war, Hitler believed the Freemasons in Germany were transmitting reports to their Freemason brother, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Upon ascending to power in 1933, Hitler shut down all nine Grand Lodges of the Freemasons in Germany. He established a sub-department in the S.S. whose task was to locate, arrest and annihilate nearly 79,000 German Freemasons. Across Europe, the Nazis murdered about 200,000 Freemasons.

But what I didn’t know was Hitler was a gifted artist rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna because he couldn’t draw people. Virtually homeless and starving on the streets of Vienna, Hitler produced hundreds of paintings, renderings and postcards. He was considered an unsuccessful artist and consequently joined the army birthing his rise to Führer of Nazi Germany.

Numerous Hitler paintings were recovered after World War II and auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Army seized much of his art which is still being held by the U.S. government.

On August 2, 1934 President Hindenburg died of old age. A plebiscite (the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution) was held on August 19 overwhelmingly endorsing Hitler as Hindenburg’s successor. Hitler did not care for the title of President, a left over from the German republic which came into being in 1918. Nor did Hitler care for the title of Chancellor. He preferred Führer (Leader), and that is what he would be called. His cabinet passed a law declaring the presidency dormant. Hitler no longer had someone above him to worry about. He was now the supreme authority.

Hitler “If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this: in this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people, and thereby I became the supreme judge of the German people. Everyone must know for all future time that if he raises his hand to strike the state then certain death is his lot.”

Such a waste of talent.

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Christmas Truce

Thank you Antonia Blumberg

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Merry Christmas to all my friends and followers

Christmas 2014 marks 100 years since the historic Christmas truce united, if just for a few days, warring German and British troops on the WWI battlefield.

After months of fighting, the battle-weary soldiers agreed to lay down their weapons and cross “no man’s land” to exchange gifts, goods and soccer games with their enemies. One soldier described the scene in a letter back home, which was later published in the Hampshire Chronicle:

I had a most extraordinary Christmas, and I have come to the conclusion that I would not have spent it out of the trenches for worlds. We went in on Christmas Eve, under the usual conditions of this sniping warfare, and carried on as usual during the night. As soon as it got light, however, the sniping died down on both sides, and by sunrise had ceased altogether. The complete silence was most weird, and I could not help thinking that this sort of mutual agreement would turn into an open truce. So it did. Encouraged by the absence of lead in the air, heads soon began popping up on both sides…

The truce lasted through Christmas and in some places carried through to the New Year. A row of small Christmas trees strung with lights lined the trenches, and the soldiers carried out the ceasefire Pope Benedict XV had asked world leaders to observe just weeks prior.

To honor the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce, a group of students from Brigham Young University produced the above video with original photographs from 1914, accompanied by the BYU Men’s Chorus rendition of “Silent Night.” The video was released through Faith Counts, an interfaith organization with joint sponsorship from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Hillel International, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund and other religious bodies.

The war would continue for another four years after the truce, claiming millions of lives and leaving millions more injured or missing. In our own era of war and unrest, however, the Christmas truce stands out as a reminder of human beings’ capacity to put aside differences, lay down arms and join together in a sacred moment, a moment that perhaps could last into eternity.

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