Nietzsche wents "nuts" in 1888.
July 1888. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is working on his new book, what later would become known under the name 'Der Wille zur Macht', as his early insanity started setting in. In this work, Nietzsche claimed the nihilism, derived from nil (nothing), was coming. Around the same time as Nietzsche's mental condition got worse, Adolf Hitler was fathered. Nine months later, in April 1889, Hitler was born, and Nietzsche had mentally collapsed.
When Hitler's was in his sixth month, Nietzsche wrote he knew his destiny; his name would once be connected with the memory of something monstrous, a crisis like there had never been before, the largest moral dilemma, a decision, against everything that had been believed, demanded, sanctified until than.
The question is whether the precise convergence of Nietzsche's perishing and Hitler's arising are still coincidental. They both became 56 years old, and Nietzsche's insanity lasted just as long as Hitler's reign; 12 years.
Nietzsche has become famous because of his statement God had died. After the dead of God, there was the 'Nothing' with Hitler's his only born son. In a way, he never existed; the absolute, logical anti-Christ.
That thought did cross my mind although I discarded it as a mere coincidence... In 1888 Nietzsche was working on "Der Antichrist", here are some passages from the preface:
This book belongs to the most rare of men. Perhaps not one of them is yet alive. It is possible that they may be among those who understand my "Zarathustra": how could I confound myself with those who are now sprouting ears?--First the day after tomorrow must come for me. Some men are born posthumously.
Pay attention to "Perhaps not one of them is yet alive" , Hitler was born 6 months later, I guess another coincidence ?
Hitler revered Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and had "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" issued to every soldier in the German army, BTW I didn't check that fact - truth or fiction?
"Der Antichrist" was written bluntly and was mainly directed against Christianity as a decandent movement. Some people believe Nietzsche's sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche edited some of Nietzsche's later works as she was the one taking care of him during his last years when he was mentally ill, she was the one who published his works in 20th century. I have read some of Nietzsche's eariler works...and I was almost left with an impression that it was somebody else who wrote "Der Antichrist" and not Nietzsche, although Nietzsche was experiencing some kind of strange type of Euphoria when he was writing his works in 1888 - perhaps that would explain it . Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche was a well known Nazi supporter in 20th century and helped them with their propaganda campaigns. I would personally strongly disagree with Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche's statement that Nietzsche would have favoured the Germans in WW1 as he was a well known ciritic of everything German and Especially German Nationalism. I think that it was mainly his sister responsible for the link between Nazis and Nietzsche because Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche only presented her brother as She would have wanted him to be - a Nazi.
In my opinion Nietzsche was never a nihilist and in fact is considered today as a father of existential movement which is known to be non-nihilist.
I was not aware that Nietzsche's mental collapse and Hitler's birth happened on the exact same day (the same year...no doubt)... Are you sure about that?
I think Nietzsche's writing of his destiny in 1889 could have easily been fabricated by his own sister and in 1920's ...don't you think?