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Nazism and the Holocaust

The Racial Theories of the Nazis


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THE RACIAL THEORIES OF THE NAZIS are based on pseudo-scientific "studies" of the 19th century. Influenced by mystic and romantic ideas, these political currents reject the principles of equality and common humanness advanced by the enlightenment.

At the center of National Socialist ideology stands the idea of "race," people of the same "blood," sharing a common culture and territory. Races compete for territory and power, and only the fittest survive. Only "pure" races that do not mix with "inferior" groups are capable of creating lasting civilizations.

Among the "white race," the "Aryans" form the elite, a "master race" destined to rule and enslave inferior races like the Slavs. But in order to fulfill their historic destiny, the Germans must first shake off "alien" political and cultural ideas and purge themselves of "inferior blood."

German Jews are the first to be subjected to the program of "racial purification." Under German occupation during the Second World War, Jews of other countries and the "racially inferior" Slavs are also included in the "racial re-structuring" of Europe. The aim is to destroy the Slavic elite, enslave the workers and make the land and natural resources available to the superior race.

In order to totally annihilate the cultures of occupied Eastern Europe and to prevent the Slavs from ever achieving a higher level of civilization again, large cities like Warsaw, Leningrad and Moscow are to be "pulled down and made uninhabitable." While other "Aryan" nations in Northern and Western Europe are to be won over and made to accept German leadership, one group must be totally eradicated: the Jews.


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