mihm, while we're at it, let's also see a source for this:
mihm wrote:Hitler saw treatment the US government gave the native americans as a prime example of how a total race and culture of people could be wiped from this earth.
Vikki, hear, hear,
Before I do some research on the subject (with no guarantee of finding an answer) I find it incredible that people who have an interest in history are not more critical of baseless comments they read in books, without sources quoted.
Maybe off the subject but, many years ago TV is Australia featured an interview with a German frau (also living in Australia) who supposedly was the "secretary" of Goring (complete with group photo's, not featuring Goring), and who had met Hitler (or so she said). She sprouted the usual drivel associated with him (chewed the carpet when angry, beat his cat, any other baseless comment) that the interviewer soaked like a sponge.
Being suspicious I wrote to a (now unfairly pilloried) British historian who sent me an excellent reply letter (which I still have) where he listed Goring's wartime secretaries, Ashcan interrogation notes what Goring said of them and their history (an historical document in itself that I treasure). When I wrote to the offending television program (sending a copy of the letter), threatening to take them to a licensing authority for such drivel being purported to be fact, they said, in words to the effect, that they have to take at their word anyone that comes to them with a good story. This was my first lesson in never trusting what you see on television purported to be historical fact.
AH being roundly despised by all and sundry is, seemingly, credited with every calamnity ever to be experienced by mankind. Don't worry that Pol Pot, Stalin or other communist dictators killed more innocent souls than Hitler's regime ever did, or that every world power had gone to undeclared war (USA-Iraq, UK - Suez, Israel - Lebanon etc), or that any other crime that Hitler has been credited can find parallels throughout world history. Even so, that does not give writers/historians the right to publish just plain lies to sell a book or create some fact that did not exist in truth.
Sorry for getting off track but I find it frustrating when comments are based on incorrect information rather than established fact.
We only need to look at Jesse Owens to see the best example, an Athlete who blatantly lied about the Hitler handshake yet kept the myth going so that truth did not get in the way of a good story for his own benefit.