Hitler's use of the term Aryan for Nordic peoples

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Hitler's use of the term Aryan for Nordic peoples

Post by Cantankerous » 06 Mar 2021 23:51

I know too well Hitler referring to blond, blue-eyed Nordic peoples, including Germans, as Aryans, but did Hitler refer to pure Germans as Aryan because he knew that Germans spoke a language in the same language family as Indo-Aryans and Persians (Indo-European), and that Jews spoke a language in the Semitic language family (like Arabs)?

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Re: Hitler's use of the term Aryan for Nordic peoples

Post by wm » 07 Mar 2021 10:52

Hitler would say the destructiveness and lack of creativity of the Jewish race was the ultimate proof they weren't Aryans.
For him the proof was in the pudding, i.e., demonstrable quality of people in question, he had little use for contrived science arguments.

btw he explicitly denied that blue-eyes were proof of Nordic, German, Aryan origin.

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Re: Hitler's use of the term Aryan for Nordic peoples

Post by George L Gregory » 07 Mar 2021 19:18

Cantankerous wrote:
06 Mar 2021 23:51
I know too well Hitler referring to blond, blue-eyed Nordic peoples, including Germans, as Aryans, but did Hitler refer to pure Germans as Aryan because he knew that Germans spoke a language in the same language family as Indo-Aryans and Persians (Indo-European), and that Jews spoke a language in the Semitic language family (like Arabs)?
Many German Jews spoke German and considered themselves to be Germans.

Hitler was more concerned about the racial aspect of the German people (Volk). He didn't care if Jews spoke German, they were never considered to be Germans. He made this clear when he wrote in Mein Kampf:
What makes a people or, to be more correct, a race, is not language but blood.
Hitler and the Nazis accepted that there was no such thing as an Aryan race. Nevertheless, they continued to use it in propaganda but mainly used the term 'German or related blood' in documents.

Again, during the war he spoke about Germanisation and race and said:
There is one cardinal principle. This question of the Germanisation of certain peoples must not be examined in the light of abstract ideas and theory. We must examine each particular case. The only problem is to make sure whether the offspring of any race will mingle well with the German population and will improve it, or whether, on the contrary (as is the case when Jew blood is mixed with German blood), negative results will arise. Unless one is completely convinced that the foreigners whom one proposes to introduce into the German community will have a beneficial effect, well, I think it's better to abstain, however strong the sentimental reasons may be which urge such a course on us. There are plenty of Jews with blue eyes and blond hair, and not a few of them have the appearance which strikingly supports the idea of the Germanisation of their kind. It has, however, been indisputably established that, in the case of Jews, if the physical characteristics of the race are sometimes absent for a generation or two, they will inevitably reappear in the next generation.

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