JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S ELITES AND HITLER’S GERMANY – SOME KEY RELATIONSHIPS OF THE PERIOD – HOW EASILY WE FORGET THE PAST AND INDEED OFTEN LIE ABOUT IT – NO LESSONS LEARNED   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DMITRY KISELYOV IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Head of IBM Sympathized with Hitler, Conducted Census of Jews in Preparation for Camps. (Russian TV News)”

 

IBM’s Watson wasn’t the only one.

A number of prominent American businessmen and bankers worked willingly, and even eagerly, with Hitler. There’s a long list of people with high posts in “blue chip” companies who did so.

Including George Bush’s grandfather, Prescott, a Wall Street banker and politician and pretty much founder of the family’s wealthy status.

On the wall of Hitler’s Chancellery Office, hung a picture of Henry Ford, someone he greatly admired for his racial views. Ford had written a whole book attacking Jews.

Remember, too, that in theses days, there were strict quotas at America’s prestige Ivy League universities for the number of Jews who could be admitted.

And at various prestigious clubs and fraternal organizations. There were many organizations from which Jews were entirely banned, including places like fancy golf and country clubs

Hitler also admired America’s eugenics laws. Years before Germany, America was involuntarily sterilizing people judged unfit to reproduce. Thousands of them.

The American Bund was a big movement in America, something resembling a cross between a fraternal lodge and the Brownshirts (the SA).

See:  http://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.com/search?q=bund

The great journalist and chronicler of Nazi Germany, American William Shirer, once said he wouldn’t be surprised at America’s becoming the first country to become fascist voluntarily.

And Hitler was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1938. Henry Luce, who owned Time-Life, was always a big booster the right-wing. Later, he was very instrumental in work assisting CIA dark projects.

And I’ll just add the thought how easily we forget the past. America in contemporary times supports truly bloody rulers in a number of places – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, and quite a few more. The only distinction it makes between them and governments it opposes – as in Syria – is whether they toe the line of American policy. All that rhetoric about the dangers of forgetting the past and supporting rights and freedom is just that, rhetoric. Indeed, in today’s America, the very concept of truth has been gutted and has no meaning in either major political party. That’s just how it is when you run an empire, instead of minding your own affairs.

Posted March 21, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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